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Nothing is working for my weak nails!

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I'm not sure why, but lately my nails have been bending, peeling and breaking like crazy! I take a Biotin supplement, and I've tried OPI Nail Strengthener for dry, brittle nails and Seche Plus Nail Strengthener and neither seem to help. I've read a ton of reviews and those two seemed to be the most popular. I paint my nails at least once a week and always use a base and top coat, and my nails look great until one of them virtually snaps in half a day or two later. I do the strengthener, a base coat, usually Julep polish, and then a top coat. Any suggestions ladies?

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Have you changed your diet recently? I've noticed that my nails will change depending on how good my diet is. Sometimes my nails will get more week and I'll try and eat better and they get stronger again. I went dairy free for 3 months and it was horrible for my nails and teeth. My teeth and nails got really soft. I make sure to get enough dairy/calcium daily and that seems to help with keeping my nails in better shape.

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Eat as healthy as possible. Eat raw whole plant based. You need vitamins and minerals. More fiber. And drink a lot of water

You dont need opi to do the work for you.

Do this and your body will follow.

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I agree with everyone else, but I just wanted to add my two cents; I have incredibly thin, peeling nails.  I've had very good luck with the OPI Nail Envy myself, and it certainly works better when I'm eating healthfully.  I've also noticed a big difference when I keep my hands (and especially my cuticles) well-moisturized.  When my hands are very dry (as they usually are), my nails are much more likely to bend and peel.

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I have had similiar experiences in the past. It is hard to say exactly what fixed the problem, but it might have been partly due to some diet changes I made.

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this can be caused from the nail polish remover you use. You should get some 100% acetone from the beauty supply. It will take off polish very fast and wont have to be on your nails as long as non acetone removers. It is sometimes the other ingredients in the non acetone remover that is the culprit

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If your nails break and peel often, it is probably because they are too dry and hard. Maintaining elastic nails is the key for preventing the breaking. That's the reason nail strengtheners usually don't work, they make nails harder, thus they are more prone to breaking when pressure is applied. What your nails need is massaging with oil, which will keep them hydrated and add to the natural oils your body emits. Avoid elongated contact with water as much as possible, as it washes the natural oils of the nail away. Keep them painted for the oils to remain locked in, instead. Buffing or drilling the nails, especially if you are into acrylic nails, are not good either, because they make the nails thinner, so they end up having the tendency to peel. Use acetone to remove the polish, it evaporates super quickly and stays on your nails much less than any other polish remover. Apart from nail care, eating healthily and balanced plays an important role in having strong, elastic nails. 

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One of the home remedy I know for weak nails. Just mix up 2-3 tbsp of lemon juice in a luke warm water and dip your nails for atleast 10-15 minutes every day. This will make your nails stronger. 

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One of the home remedy I know for weak nails. Just mix up 2-3 tbsp of lemon juice in a luke warm water and dip your nails for atleast 10-15 minutes every day. This will make your nails stronger. 

This is going to make things even worse for the nails, as I explained in my previous answer.

Here is a great article of a nail expert, concerning the damage prolonged exposure to water can do to one's nails and explaining why this happens:

http://www.nailcarehq.com/chipped-nail-polish-from-the-shower/

 

A couple of articles about maintaining healthy nails and preventing situations like breaking:

http://www.nailcarehq.com/healthy-nails/

http://www.nailcarehq.com/stop-breaking-nails/

 

I also decided to feature the following article about removing polish stains, in which it is stated that soaking the nails in water based solutions like the one you suggested (lemon juice and water in particular) is to be avoided:

http://www.nailcarehq.com/polish-stain-removal-tips/

 

 

Bonus: Why nail strengtheners often fail to solve the problem of breaking nails:

http://www.nailcarehq.com/nail-strengtheners-opi-nail-envy/

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I take a hair, skin, nails supplement and that has seemed to help a lot with my nails.

 

I take the Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummy vitamins.

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Now a days, There are a number of products in the market which helps in nail problems. You should try those products in order to get rid of these problems.

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I've had good luck with BioSil, cuticle care, and, of course, cleaning up my diet. Everyone's different, though, so you may have to try a few things until you find the right one.

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