Achieving strong, healthy nails has been a lifelong struggle of mine. From ages 3-16, I was an avid nail biter. Trying to cover up my tracks with acrylics for several years didn’t help, weakening what nails I had left. What actually got me to stop? I had my tonsils taken out and had a particularly rough recovery, keeping me from biting down. After two weeks stopping cold turkey, I finally kicked the habit.
Years later though, my nails remained weak. They’d constantly break, peel and flake, and I’d have to polish them to make them the least bit presentable. Only recently have I found a routine that truly make my nails feel and look strong, healthy and beautiful naturally!
I’ve tried everything from nail vitamins to calcium treatments. The routine I’ve created with these three products, though, has been the only one to actually make a difference– and quickly. I only started combining these three products a mere 4 weeks ago and my nails have been transformed. Keep reading to see how I’ve achieved stronger healthy nails that look great naturally.
STEP 1 | Nail and Cuticle Oil
Keeping my nails and cuticles moisturized has made a huge difference in their appearance. The above pictured dermae oil has been discontinued, but I’m currently using Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Vitamin E Oil. You only need the smallest drop for every nail. I massage it over the nail and cuticles, and rub any excess into my hands if they’re feeling dry. I do this throughout the week any time my cuticles feel dry, regardless of if I’m doing the full routine. However, if I’m doing all three steps, I wipe off any excess oil left on the nail itself before moving on.
STEP 2 | Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener
This has definitely been my secret weapon in growing longer and stronger nails quickly. I was skeptical, as I had never heard of the product before, but I’m glad I took the chance! This nail hardener is to be used 1-2 times weekly, only on the very tips of your nails. The tip the most fragile part of your nail that’s prone to breakage, so it’s important to target with treatments. This nail hardener great if you experience a lot of breakage, splits or flakes. After only a couple weeks of use, I noticed a huge reduction in peeling on myself. Now, hardly any. It’s important to use this after the nail oil, which will protect your skin from the strong formula.
STEP 3 | Londontown Nail Hardener & Base Coat
To treat the rest of the nail, I’m using the Londontown Nail Hardener & Base Coat both alone and under nail polish. The base is infused with ingredients like Vitamins A & E, Evening Primrose Oil, Cucumber Extract and more. These work together to enhance nail growth and prevent splitting and cracks. They bring dry, weak, and brittle nails back to life with a beautiful glossy finish. This has made my nails feel thicker and stronger, and makes them look great without having to add color. I make sure to not only cover the whole nail, but also swipe the brush across the tip for an extra level of durability. Left alone, my natural nails look healthy. Or, you can add polish on top for an even finish.
I’ve been doing this routine about once a week while topping off with nail oil as needed. My nails have reached a length they haven’t been in months, and they’re not always breaking or peeling anymore. They feel thicker and stronger, and are growing quickly! Not only do they look great under polish now, but I’m actually confident enough to keep them bare.