How to keep nails from breaking?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would say file them down while you’re doing the work, not to nonexistent but just so there’s no extra to easily break off. Two weeks is enough for them to have time to grow back to whatever length you prefer.  Keep using the nail strengthener. 

I would also HIGHLY recommend gel manicures – they’re not acrylics, so they don’t kill your nails.  Mine used to always break and were unable to grow but now that I get my gels redone every two weeks they don’t break, since the gel polish is a little thicker and a lot more durable than regular polish.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought this polish at walmart called “3 minute acrylic” and it’s not acrylic but it thickens the nail (but you can’t see or feel a difference when it comes to what you are doing with your hands) but I haven’t had a nail break or peel yet since I started using it. Also it keeps the polish on WAY better!!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

No offense to the PP, but do NOT get a gel manicure.

The solution to your breaking nails is to start taking a Women’s Multivitamin.  I take One A Day Active Metabolism.  Also, just clear coat your nails for a little bit until they get back on track.  Should only take about 2 weeks for you to start seeing a difference!

Nails break and crack because something is lacking.  Granted, there are exceptions but in most cases, the multivitamin should do the trick!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ViaMinorViator:  Why should she not get a gel manicure?  They don’t harm your nails when you take them off and they reinforce them when they are on.

But yes, vitamins would probably help too… I don’t know if just the multivitamin or if there’s something more specific/targeted.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - the Columns Hotel

for a more protective clear coat- i reccommend gelous, which you can find at sally’s. its clear, and strengthen and prottects, but applies and removes just like regular polish, no damage.  i use it religiously, and my formerly-weakling nails hardly ever break now- and i’m superhard on them.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I also would suggest getting the gel manicures. I’ve always had fairly good/long/strong nails, but my mom hasn’t. Her’s were always breaking from washing dishes, etc. and just from not doing much. She started getting the gel manicures over a year ago and her nails are soooo gorgeous/strong/long. They even look better than mine now! I would definitely suggest giving it a try at least once

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Take biotin supplements.  They target hair and nails.  Regular vitamins don’t really have a high amount of biotin.  I had really thin breaky nails too.  About 4 weeks into taking the pills, my nails are super strong.  They dont chip or anything, and they grow pretty fast too.  Just go to the drugstore and check it out.  (It even says on the bottle its for healthy nails and hair.)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I take the futurebiotics hair/skin/nails vitamin.  My nails are awesome.  My hair is awesome.  My skin… it was alright, until birth control came along.

I would definitely take an additional supplement for your nails if you don’t want to totally change your vitamin, because regular multivitamins only have regular stuff in them, like vanextras said.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

gel nails aren’t almost any thicker than normal polish, just stronger.  People always ask and look at mine and are amazed, it’s not like having an acrylic on.  but that’s my 2 cents – it worked for me and my super weak nails 🙂

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@surkim:  Biotin is actually a key ingrediate in futurebiotics for hair and nails.  =)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve ALWAYS had very thin nails that peel like crazy. Despite what PP poster said, I would highly recommend getting gel. I use OPI Axxium, which is only available at salons, but it’s amazing! Beautiful nails for two full weeks or more. It doesn’t damage your nails at all, but you do have to get it taken off at a salon.

I eat VERY healthily and take multivitamins, drink plenty of water, etc – but nothing has ever worked on my nails until the gel!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve had less breakage by filing my nails into a classic rounded shape rather than squared off because they don’t catch on things as much.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I take biotin supplements and noticed it helps a ton.  I just recently switched from my regular multi-vitamin to prenatal vitamins and my hair and nails have been growing like crazy.  I find that keeping polish (even a clear topcoat) on my nails helps them stay stronger.  Is it possible for you to wear thicker rubber gloves (like the big yellow ones for doing dishes) during your fieldwork?  That may help keep your nails from breaking and keep you skin protected too.

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