nails absolutely destroyed! RSS

Feb 22, 2012 1:46pm


so I’m studying beauty therapy (currently doing acrylic nails) and I’ve had them put on, taken off, put on, taken off and what I’ve dreaded has happened -
my nails are now absolute shit and I’ve had to clip them right down. they’re nubs. and I’m really pissed because I loved my long nails.

In a way I’m thinking I’ll need to keep them short as I’ll be doing makeup and facials and massages – long nails might scratch the client.

but they’re just so bloody damaged. I’ve successfully grown out damage from having ONE set of acrylics applied but its way more this time so I’m so upset (I actually cried!). so I might try to keep them a shorter length.

they used to be so strong, but flexible – I’d only ever broken a nail ONCE when I was picking up a heavy suitcase. now they’re so thin, before I clipped them they could bend in half.

I know what worked for me before, massaging oil or cream in 3 or more times a day to increase growth but is there anything else I could do to help them even more?

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Feb 22, 2012 1:59pm


Member since 2007

Aw no that is terrible :( I can’t believe they make you apply so many to each other when it wrecks your nails so bad!

I definately agree with massaging in oil as much as possible. Perhaps you could also try a supplement for nails such as blackmores hair/skin/nails vitamins? Also I find something like revitanail strengthening treatment is really great. And have some extra calcium

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Feb 22, 2012 2:15pm

Ms Jelena

Awww that is awful!!! Take some nail vitamins, and get revitanail from the pharmacy/priceline and hopefully it will help a little.

Good luck!

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Feb 22, 2012 2:49pm

Michelle Swe...

Hopefully, you didn’t damage your nail matrix. If you didn’t, it’ll just take time for them to completely grow out and begin to feel normal again. If you did damage your nail matrix, then, it can go either way. You may never see your nails fully recover. I love almond oil for the hair,skin, and nails.

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Feb 22, 2012 4:13pm

Ms Billi

I went through exactly the same thing when I did my beauty studies. All I can say is for you to apply a strenthening nail polish onto them, I found that it really helped mine get stronger (slowly!). Also I used cream which was rich in vitamin E which also helped. Then all you have to do is wait for them to grow out

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Feb 22, 2012 4:16pm


3 years on and mine are still healing from beauty school.

my index fingers on both hands never grow and always break.

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Feb 22, 2012 6:16pm


One of the hazards of beauty school :(
I’d start using a good nail strengthener, and always keep a clear coat of polish on them. Also there are alot of vitamin & mineral supplements out there to help with growth and repair in nails such as silica.

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Feb 23, 2012 10:05am

Petite Pivoine

Any vitamins for the integumentary system will help, as well as beauty salons usually sell nail oils, I have one and it’s great, helps strengthen the nail. I think time unfortunately is all that will fix them. :(

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Feb 23, 2012 10:40am


thanks everyone for all your replies :)

I went to the nail supply shop yesterday and bought one of those big salon size bottles of cuticle oil (and been using it religiously) and a nfu-oh nail hardener which I hope is good (the bottle is so cute!) and a wicked multi chrome polish and a couple of pots of nail art glitter to cheer me up :P

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Feb 23, 2012 3:35pm


Nail glitter always cheers me up! :) You go!

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Feb 23, 2012 4:27pm


Nail glitter always cheers me up! :) You go!

yeah! I’m really excited about them. it’s quite chunky glitter, one is a really pretty aqua the other bright red. I think I might paint my nails black then dip my tips in the glitter then sprinkle some up my nail so it’ll be a gradient effect kinda thing. will look really pretty! :D

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