manicure

Healing My Nails After Removing Acrylics

Hotties! Over a year ago I got tired of my ridged, lined, peeling and ugly nails.  I have always had ugly nails. They grew weird and were weak and bendy and not awesome. So I got acrylics. I loved them!  They were long, and pointy and the polish and nail art stayed on forever without chipping….it was great! Well I finally got tired of spending the time and money to keep them up so I removed them.

Oh.

The horror.

The ugly, ugly horror of what they looked like when I’d removed the acrylic. And they hurt. Real bad. In this post, I am going to show you how I went from this (taken 6/21/17):

 

after removal

To this (taken 1/3/18):

after

The first thing I’m going to say is that it’s a LOT of work. I did some research and settled on a routine that I thought would work for me. I was lucky enough to participate in a product test by Different Dimension, their cuticle oil called Boost, which can be found here.

It is described as: Boost contains a special mix of Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, and Myrrh Essential Oil. Use to help strengthen and grow out weak nails!
Lavender – Helps strengthen nails, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help to keep bacteria from infecting cuticles. Hydrating properties
Lemon – Helps to brighten weak and dull nails. High levels of Vitamin C (natural antioxidant) nourishes cuticles helping to strengthen nails. Helps with discoloration of nails from removing polish.
Myrrh – Has amazing hydrating properties, helps to prevent dry and brittle nails (which lead to breaks). Has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

I was instructed to use this up to five times daily, and use regular hand moisturizer and take a photo each day. The photos below and days 1-14 in order of the progress. The only polish I used was Sally Hansen Hard As Nails as I found it was thick enough to really protect my thin and damaged nail and nail beds.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 8

Day 9

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

As you can see, it’s a slow road to heal your nails and cuticles.  Once the 14 day product test was over, I started adding in other treatments. After doing some research I found a few things that are great for healing nails and cuticles and keeping them happy and healthy.

Dead Sea Salt – Dead Sea salt naturally contains over 20 beneficial minerals, most of which are effective for improving nail health.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice contains antioxidant vitamin C which protects nails, removes stains, and encourages stronger growth.

Olive Oil – Olive oil is one of the best moisturizers for nails (plus skin and hair, too!)

Honey – Honey is packed with enzymes to nourish and heal skin, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin.

Using a rotating variety of the above ingredients, I soaked my nails 2-3 times a week for 5-10 minutes each time.  The most common combos were sea salt and lemon, and honey and olive oil.  Sometimes I got crazy and did honey, lemon juice and sea salt!  Go wild! I really do think these helped.

I also found this amazing nail hardener called Quimica Alemana nail hardener and it’s worked like magic for me.  I will warn you, it’s got formaldehyde in it so if that’s a no-go for you, you should skip this.  Also read the reviews as some people are very sensitive to it. At first, I applied as directly, only to the top half of my nail and I had a burning sensation so I took it off immediately (I patched tested it on one nail). I waited a couple more weeks and then tried it again, but put it over Sally Hansen Hard As Nails and that worked like a charm. I did that for a couple more weeks, then tried the Quimica Alemana directly on my nail and it was fine. I have been using it ever since. It’s fairly thick and takes a while to completely dry but it’s worth it.  My nails have never looked better!

I also started taking Biotin and religiously use cuticle oil or balm and keep my hands moisturized at all times. I make sure to wear gloves when doing dishes or cleaning and that has also helped a lot. I also switched to a glass nail file, which has helped to keep my nails from peeling when I shape them.

So there it is, that’s how I took my nails from wrecked to decked! Do you guys have any special tips and tricks that you use?

Manicure Featuring Be Loco and Fuuuudge

Hello hotties!   I bring to you a rare manicure post…..crazy!   Normally I go out to have my nails done but today tried to do them myself so no pointing and laughing.

This manicure features one coat of Cult Nails Be Loco topped with one coat of Darling Diva Polish Fuuuuuuuudge.   I used Cult Nail Base Coat and Cult Nails top coat.

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