One thing my family and friends know about me is that I always keep my nails beautiful without the help of a salon. When I was growing up I had the influence of my mom, who's a nail tech, so nail care is second nature to me. I have an abundant amount of products and spend countless hours caring for my nails. I can not seem to stay out of Sally's or any other Beauty Supply store. Pretty soon I'm going to be on their payroll. LOL. In my quest to maintain the healthy nails that I've had during my teen years, I've created a formula to achieve that. Below are a few products that I use to obtain stronger and longer nails in just a few days:
Use A Good Base/Top Coat: I'm currently using Nail Magic Nail Treatment & Conditioner ($6.99-$8.99 at Sally's Beauty Supply Store) and it has been a Godsend. Chicago had a very cold and harsh winter which made my nails very brittle and weak. It was upsetting because generally I can get my natural nails to grow pretty long on their own. While searching through my big box of nail products I came across this bottle of Nail Magic that I hadn't finished. I applied it as a base coat, not expecting any results, however in a week my nails had grown significantly. I even noticed that my nail polish stayed longer than it's usual 2 days. I'm on week 2 or 3 and my nails have improved! No more chipped, weak or damaged nails!
Use a cuticle oil or moisturizer: My mom always stressed how important having nice cuticles are. Your nail cuticles main function is to protect the area between the nail and the epidermis from exposure to bacteria. A lot of my mom's clients that suffered from bad cuticles didn't usually have the best looking nails and needed a professional to step in to repair their issues. If you are not experienced with caring for your cuticles but want to keep your nails healthy a good cuticle oil can do the trick. It will keep the skin healthy and replenished.
A good vitamin: My last suggestion for stronger and longer nails is go to your health food store and purchase a good multi-vitamin or supplement. I swear by Biotin ($5.00-$20.00) which promotes healthy hair, nails and skin. I use Solgar which I purchased at Vitamin Shoppe although any brand is useful. I particularly like Solgar because it caters to vegans. Biotin is useful to vegans that do not eat a lot of red meat and need to replenish their Vitamin B intake. The additional benefits that I've received from it in the past have been positive. Healthy nails is awesome ....but skin and hair is even better.
I hope these tips are useful for you. I'm no expert and I'm aware that every body is different but I wanted to share some products that have worked wonders for me. If you happen to try these products to get the nails you've always wanted without acrylic then please leave a comment and let me know how they work out for you.