This is just a post about what I use to keep my nails strong. Since my first Manicure Monday post I have received a few questions asking what I do to maintain them.
So I’m really sorry to say this and I know I’m going to sound like one of those annoying people that go “I really don’t do much to my nails, they just grow like that’… BUT I realllllly don’t do ANYTHING special to my nails to make them grow this way. My Mum’s got the most exquisite nails I have ever seen, manicurists LOVE her! So I guess I got her good nails 🙂
BUT! I did find something that helps strengthen the nails…
I have damaged my nail-bed twice in the past couple of years (I know I must’ve damaged them a million times before then, but never as bad as these situations). The first was from wrapping them and the second was from Shellac. Now the Shellac was somewhat my fault, I was getting them far too often and then most times I would just peel them off, rather than go in to the salon to get the polish dissolved.
This is why I always advice taking like a 2-3week break between each Shellac manicure, just to give your nails some time to ‘breathe’. You can get a regular change of polish manicure in between your Shellac breaks.
The first damage from wrapping, I didn’t do anything at all to heal it, I just stopped wrapping them. But this time around with the Shellac I went out and got myself something to use.
|Orly ‘Calcium Shield’ – Nail Builder with Calcium
This is what I got. I wanted something that I could use and STILL rock some color on my nails. So I went in to the store looking for something that had calcium in it to heal my brittle nails and at the same time work as a Basecoat for my polish
I apply one coat when I use it as a Basecoat and 2 coats when I don’t plan on wearing any nail polish over it.
I gotta say I did expect instant results, but that didn’t happen. I started to notice a difference like 4-5weeks in, but from 7-8weeks my nails were back to normal. Bear in mind I change my nail polish like twice a week, so I had a fresh coat of the Calcium Sheild each time.
Even now that my nails are back to normal, I still use this as a base coat just to keep my nails in tiptop shape. Prevention is better than cure… I can tell you that much!
Hope this answers your questions ladies. There are numerous other brands that offer nail strengthening products, but as you know I will only recommend what has worked for me. If you have some other products/tips that’s worked for you please share in the comments section 🙂
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