Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The Hit List

What’s the Best Nail Treatment?

What brand/products win this category? What makes it so great?

Thanks to Meme for today’s topic!

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32 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Nail Treatment

  1. I swear by a combination of Duri’s Rejuvacote with Hard as Hoof cream, I’ve never hard harder nails, I love it, my nailpolish finally isn’t chipping anymore and lasts longer.

  2. 1. Alessandro – Express Nail Hardener
    2. Sally Hansen – Miracle Cure

  3. Avatar of Jeney jeneyg

    I wish I knew. I think Burt’s Bees cuticle cream is good, but I feel like there could be better products out there.

  4. Nailtiques Formula 2!!! It is seriously THE BEST, my nails use to always peel and break but after I started using Nailtiques my nails are now long and strong!

  5. pinkshoes000

    I tried everything for my peeling nails and nothing has worked except for Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener & Mavala Nail Sheild. They don’t have the healthiest ingredients but they worked for me!

    • EugenieV

      I second this!  My nails are the best they’ve ever been.  They used to break and peel like crazy. Not any more!

  6. SugaBlossom4

    Nothing has really ever worked for me. Every treatment I use breaks my nails worse than not using it! However, I’ve found that CND SolarOil helps SO much. I used to break 3-4 nails a week. Now after using it twice a day everyday for a year, my nails only break once or twice a month. I swear by that stuff and I can’t stop using it!

  7. Vanillasnow

    This is a good question, because I have been looking for some effective nail treatments for a long time, particularly some form of strengthening/moisturizing base coat that will keep my nails from peeling, staining, and brittle from my nail polish addiction.  Generally speaking, I redo my nails once a week.  I’m sticking to 3-free formulas but haven’t really found anything I liked.  I tried OPI nail envy but found there’s formaldehyde in it, plus it hurts my fingers… like the tips of my fingers actually feel sore when using this product (scary).  essie feed me hasn’t really done much for my nails plus it cannot be used alone (it flakes off unless I layer polish or top coat over it).  Nailtiques sounded good but it’s got toluene and formaldehyde in it again.  Anyone know any good products I can try?

  8. Dominique33

    In France ” la crème abricot ” from Dior has a solid reputation. It’s thick and very rich ( very ! ), some just worship this cream. I tried it a very long time ago, now I simply use a Monoï butter from The Body Shop or Sally Hansen oil for cuticules and nails.

  9. I’ve heard good things about Qtica, and I just got it in the mail today so I’m trying it as we speak!  My nails are so incredibly thin (They bend like paper), so I’m hoping this helps them!

  10. Greenbergl

    I wish I knew..I’ve tried several brands only to discover they contain formaldehyde which makes my nails worse. They actually start to flake and peel.

    • Christina

       @Greenbergl OMG I’ve been religiously using a product with formaldehyde after years of gel nails and my peeling and flaking hasn’t improved. I blamed my years of damage to the nail bed at the salon but maybe this product is to blame (as well)? 
       
      Will stop poste haste and use mass amounts of nail oil, rubbed into nail bed and cuticles instead. 

    • capelle

       @Greenbergl That’s strange, as formaldehyde is used is many strengthening products and it actually makes nails grow thicker (the nail bed starts to resist f. and produces more keratin cells). But i’d never use a formaldehyde-containing treatment products as it’s carcinogenic, and i had a family member who had cancer, which means i’m in the risk group, too.

  11. beachgal

    Years of thinking nothing really worked and trying gobs of products, I finally hit on Barielle Strengthen Cream followed by their Intensive Nail Renewal Oil…I do both at night. During the daytime, if I am going to be still for a time, I will use the strengthening cream. I also in the daytime, will keep with me on the go a pot of an olive oil with lavender cuticle gel that I get from a local lavender farm. It’s sort of like Burt’s Bees only smells a lot better and is 100% natural. I really drink a lot of water which helps my nails, skin, hair and well the entire body. I ‘see it’ when I don’t take in my normal water intake. I do find I need to hydrate, hydrate the nails a # of times per day – so I keep a few different products around to do that and pick which one I will use based on what task I am in the middle of or needing to do as it makes a difference in the product picked due to oily for a long time, or just a short time, or a few, not at all. I buff my nails at least 3 times a week also. The 2-some I mentioned from Barielle really turned my nails around like no others ever did. Hands down I recommend those. I also always use a base coat before polish – never miss…my go to base coat is an Orly called Armor – it’s got a lite nude milky color to it and it works to fill ridges which I usually don’t have – but it’s a good all in one base and does not seem to dry out my nails. Orly Bonder which many like, I find often makes my polish pop off like a fake press on nail. So not a biggie fan of that one.

  12. hwendy

    for my nails: nailtiques formula 3. but I have very healthy nail normally just once i tried some face lotion on them and they broke and peeled badly. after using Nailtiques for 2 weeks, they all recovered back to normal.
    for cuticle: nothing ever work. they are sooooo dry.

  13. Kara

    My nails used to peel and break really easily, I could NEVER grow them. I started using Leighton Denny’s Hydraflex treatment – nail polish remover, serum, base coat and my nails have become so much stronger and I managed to grow them just over half a cm until I cut them off. Definitely recommend and the best treatment for me.

  14. Avatar of Rebecca BeckBeck

    I’ve been loving Essie Grow Stronger base coat – I can’t remember the last time I had a major break, and my nails are getting long enough that I have to file them back! I also love Qtica cuticle balm and Jack Black Industrial Strength hand cream.

  15. MarissaLozano

    Andrew Lessman’s Healthy Hair Skin and Nails
    Hard as Hoofs nail strengthening cream :)
     

  16. Dr Melissa

    Delore for nails nail and cuticle oil – available at Sally Beauty Supply is the best- been using it for over 15 years! I end up cutting my nails often because they grow so fast! 

  17. After trying several products, I realized that the best treatment for brittle nails is to use absolutely NO product. 

    • Lydia

      I completely agree. There was a time period where my nails were peeling, brittle, and weak. I tried numerous products to help strengthen them. Nothing worked so I just stopped using any product. My nails were ugly for a while but after a month or two, they started getting stronger and now I have strong, healthy nails that don’t peel or break and that I’m able to grow for once! :)

  18. I used to have weak and brittled nails. As treatment for my problem i used Sally Hansen’s (
    VitaSurge Strength Gel, Nailgrowth Miracle Serum and Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Top Coat).
    It worked well on me with great results.
     
     

  19. Brittany

    I have had dry, brittle, peeling nails for so long! I’ve pretty much tried everything: oiling my nails, nail moisturizing polishes, nail cutilce cream ect. I even today just went out and bought Nail Tek 3 for peeling nails, but none of that is going to work if you have these problems and heres why: I recently ( may a few months ago..maybe 2-3 at the most) found out that I have a low thyroid, if you have a low thyroid then that effects your mucles, face, skin…and also nails. Meaning your nails and skin is not getting enough moistrue because your thyroid is producing the right level of hormones. So if you tried everything for your nails and nothing really working..the best thing to do is stop wasting your money, get your thyroid checked, and maybe start taking thyroid medication. Thats what I’m doing now so hopefully it will help me sometime soon and I hope this will help someone else too. =)

  20. Brittany

    I have had dry, brittle, peeling nails for so long! I’ve pretty much tried everything: oiling my nails, nail moisturizing polishes, nail cutilce cream ect. I even today just went out and bought Nail Tek 3 for peeling nails, but none of that is going to work if you have these problems and heres why: I recently ( may a few months ago..maybe 2-3 at the most) found out that I have a low thyroid, if you have a low thyroid then that effects your mucles, face, skin…and also nails. Meaning your nails and skin is not getting enough moistrue because your thyroid is producing the right level of hormones. So if you tried everything for your nails and nothing really working..the best thing to do is stop wasting your money, get your thyroid checked, and maybe start taking thyroid medication. Thats what I’m doing now so hopefully it will help me sometime soon and I hope this will help someone else too. =)

  21. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I don’t use any of those nail strengthening products – I’m lucky in that I don’t need them. Years ago, I tried Dior’s Creme Abricot but it didn’t seem to do much of anything.  I really do like Aveda’s Beautifying Composition oil to rub into my nails and cuticles at night when I remember – for moisture and to soften my cuticles, rather than for any “strengthening”.

  22. I never use to be able to grow my nails long but after a bad spell with gel nails I made it a mission to discover the best products out there! Absolute favourites are:
    Nailtiques formula 2
    Zoom nail food eat & drink (amazing!)
    Herome extra strength nail treatment
    Renunail
     
    All amazing products and my nails are super strong now :)

  23. Emily

    I never had a single issue with my nails (except for a bad biting problem!) until I started using nail polish on a regular basis recently. Now I change my nail polish once or twice a week… but sometimes it takes a few tries to get a color combination right, which means I’m using nail polish remover 1 to 4 times a week. I’ve started noticing my nail tips and even nail surfaces peeling and becoming much thinner. Online, I found a number of recommendations: use a gentler remover (I was using basic drugstore no-name stuff), use natural/3-free polishes (already was), and use nail oils. And try Deborah Lippmann’s Rehydrating Base Coat.
     
    The combination worked for me. I now use Zoya or Lippmann polish remover, some cuticle/nail oils and balms (including Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme and It Cosmetics Nail Love pen, both of which seem to make a big difference), and the Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat under any polish. No more peeling nail tips or surfaces (even though I still have to reapply multiple times when I mess up!).

  24. Avatar of Anita 360anita

    Lush’s Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is absolutely amazing! It’s very thick, and you need VERY little, considering you only need it for your nails. It’s pretty affordable, too. It heals your cuticles overnight, and keeps them in great condition, so you don’t need to use it that often. Usually I use it once a week, sometimes two, and sometimes I don’t even need it at all. I paint my nails maybe twice a week and use drugstore polish remover, so it’s not like a treat my nails that well.. haha but I use a base coat (Seche Vite or Essie, both work well–prevent staining, brittle/weak/flaking nails), which is probably what keeps my actual nails in a good condition.

  25. Guide2Fierce

    I have been a nail biter my entire life. Then later after I was put on medication for my anxiety/panic attacks I slowly realized that my nails were actually starting to grow (Yay!!) BUT they’d get just past the tip of my finger & BOOM! they’d tear or break off really easy. Now, I have to throw this in, I did get my nails “done” from time to time & when I say “done” I mean I’d go & pay $25-$35 to get acrylic nail tips so they’d look “nice.” I semi-knew this process was ruining my nail bed, but being young & thinking in the moment I just wanted to look cute RIGHT THEN! Fast forward to about 3 years ago. I am a QVC addict & I’m not ashamed ;) I noticed ALL the women hosts were using a product that was sold on QVC & ALL of their nails looked GREAT! Very few of them wore polish yet their nails had a pinkish shine & well they looked great! One night the woman was on selling that very product. It’s called PERFECT FORMULA Pink Gel Coat! It is 1 regular size (looks like any other sized bottle of polish) bottle with what I call “miracle liquid” inside. The ONLY hesitation for me is that it is……$30 per bottle…..I know I know…..but WAIT! Soooo…..I listened to the “pitch” about how the woman (whose family is synonymous w/ making nail polish for decades) couldn’t find ANYTHING that worked for her nails (same problem as me) even with the tons of products her family ALREADY carried. So, she decided to make something specific to her problems & Voila’…..Pink Gel Coat was invented! I splurged & got a bottle. I am the biggest skeptic on the planet about EVERYTHING, so did I think it would work? Pssst…no. Got it home, it says to apply 1-2 coats, let dry. You can use it as a base &/or top coat paired w/ any color OR (as I use it) BY ITSELF because since it’s a clear but pinkish hue it REALLY makes your pink nail beds look SO healthy & the white part of the nail even brighter. You leave it on for 1 week, remove with any polish remover & reapply every week (of course being lazy I go over the 1 week plenty of times.) Anyway, as I started using it, LITERALLY WITHIN 2 WEEKS I started noticing that my nails were actually growing out PAST the tips of my fingers & were NOT BREAKING, TEARING, etc., I didn’t get TOO excited because I figured ANY DAY they’d all start breaking around the same time BUT they DIDN’T! Around the first time I realized I needed to get them filed down & manicured WITHOUT having to get fake acrylic tips I FINALLY became a believer! I have been using it ever since and I couldn’t be happier! Since I use it alone (without polish) I don’t use as much as someone who’d be using it as a base/top coat. I’ve had 3 bottles now & each bottle has lasted 9-12 months per bottle as it takes just 1-2 coats (I use just 1 & it looks great.) So that $30 price tag ACTUALLY SAVES money because I’m only using ONE product! Again, it is called Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat (Perfect Formula is the brand.) I have found it sold on QVC & Sephora. Obviously QVC SOMETIMES will have it on sale but usually it’s $30 except QVC also carries a smaller bottle in a “kit”……I wrote this long review to maybe help ONE person like myself who has had nail issues their whole life. I wish I’d had someone tell ME about this product a LONG time ago but I found it nevertheless! I truly hope it helps you too! Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat!!

  26. capelle

    I’ve just finished 2 weeks without any nail polish on except for a Russian nail treatment product (Smart Enamel, it says it’s made in France, but you can write a lot of things on a nail polish bottle :)). I’ve been using nail Tek Foundation II for the past couple of months, and my nails’ve nearly stopped peeling at all, i just need to grow off the remains of the ‘old’ nails)) I’ve also been using Orly Cuticle Creme for some time (about a months), and i feel like my nails’ve actually started to grow faster. Plus it moisturizes my cuticles fine (not that i have any major issues with them, though).