Healthy nails are beautiful nails!
We all want our nails to be healthy and strong, to grow without breaking or
splitting, and to look great no matter how we show them off. But some of us
are not so lucky; our nails are soft or brittle or they just don't seem to
grow. If you have problems like that, first make sure you
have a healthy diet with the recommended
(especially A, B Complex [especially B12], E, C, and Biotin),
Next, make sure you
moisturize your nails just as you moisturize your
skin (for example, after washing your hands). And finally, protect and care for your nails and
don't abuse them. But even if we do everything right, some of
us need that extra help, and there are
products on the market that can can do wonders.
Since I started following your advice about how to take care of
my nails it has become a regular routine for me and my nails have
never been more beautiful. It's been almost three months and my hands
look so much more feminine thanks to you. Usually on the weekend, when I
get to wear polish, I'm amazed how much more I feel like a woman. My makeup
even looks better when I have my nails done, I guess it's the feminine
impulse that makes everything just seem so much more natural.
I treasure your advice and appreciate you sharing your knowledge
with me. Like you said in one of your responses, if everyone would
take the time to make themselves look better the world would be a
better place. I agree completely! Thank you again for your help.
—Janet, January 2015
Going back to whenever modern nail polish was invented (somewhere between
1910 and 1930), these products tended to contain ingredients that turned out
to be neurotoxins or carcinogens. But in recent years most major nail
polish manufacturers have been working to get the harmful ingredients out of
their products. The new safer nail polishes are designated
“3-Free”, “4-Free”, “5-Free” (most
common), “7-Free”, “8-Free”, “9-Free”,
even “10-Free”, referring to the number of potentially harmful
ingredients that were removed. I'm not a chemist or a doctor so I can't
tell you for sure how safe any particular brand is or if anyone has ever
been harmed by wearing nail polish.
Christian Dior is a legendary name in beauty and fashion.
Dior nail enamels are 5-Free (according to
page), meaning they are free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde
resin, and camphor.
Smith & Cult is a new luxury brand that is also surpringly affordable.
It is ”8-Free”, meaning it does not contain
Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor,
Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, or Triphenyl Phosphate.
The photos in this section are from the beautiful website
of Andréa Brandão
(Andy), Bolsa com
Batom (“purse with lipstick”) in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, which features Brazilian beauty products, especially nail polish.
The brands shown here are Risqué, Camila Coelho, Vult, Studio 35,
Realce, Mohda, Colorama, and Aspa. Some of them are available in
Amazon.com; click on an image (or on one of the links just below the images)
to see what's available for the brand shown:
How to make my nails strong?… How to get beautiful
nails?… Look below see the nail-care products in different
categories; click on any link to to see individual products, read reviews (if
any), and order safely and securely from Amazon.Com if you wish. Shipping policies and
charges depend on the specific product, and are listed on the page for each
product; CLICK HERE for details. The
number of stars shows the average customer rating (if any) 1-5 as of the date
when I added each product; if there are no stars, the item hadn't been rated
yet. Availability and customer ratings verified 21 November 2016, can
change at any time.
Aleida, my nails always chip & break when I try to grow them out. They are
especially bad in winter. I've tried everything – vitamins, creams,
strengtheners... and nothing ever seemed to help. Finally I spent the
extra money on Sally
Hansen's Miracle Cure, because it “guaranteed” improvement.
It works!! —Susan, Chicago, March 2009.
Nail fungus is a common problem, mainly for toenails but sometimes also
for fingernails. I'm not a doctor, but I do know that there is no magic
cure for nail fungus. It rarely goes away by itself. There is a large
market for treatments and a lot of controversy and misinformation
about them. CLICK HERE
to read about nail fungus at the Mayo Clinic.
What doctors say is that you need to take a prescription drug
like Sporanox (Itraconazole),
or Lamisil (Terbinafine)
for 6-12 weeks. Since these drugs can damage your liver, you have to go for
periodic blood tests while you are taking them. For milder cases, a
prescription solution such as Cicloprox
(which can also have side effects) is applied to the nail once a day for six
months. There is also a laser
treatment for nail fungus that does not have the side effects of
prescription drugs. Each of these treatments can be very expensive
and usually is not covered by health insurance (if you have it), and none of
them is guaranteed to work.
Because of the expense and/or risk of medical treatment, it might be worth
trying one of the over-the-counter products first to see if they make
a difference. Follow the instructions carefully, don't exceed recommended
doses. You can see a selection of non-prescription antifungal products at
Amazon; just go there and search
for nail fungus. You can read the reviews of each product and see
what customers are saying.
Many people swear by Australian tea tree oil as a
natural treatment for nail fungus. My clients tell me it really helps, and it
has the added benefit of making your feet feel all tingly! It has a rather
strong woody smell, like eucalyptus or pine, very earthy; some people like
it, some don't, but it works wonders on your skin, treating not only
funguses but also spots, acne, dandruff, dermatitis, minor burns, cuts and
scrapes, ringworm, athlete's foot, insect bites, head lice, etc.
HERE to search Google on this topic, and
HERE to find tea tree oil at Amazon.
Remember that with any treatment, even when it works perfectly, it takes
six, nine, even twelve months for the new nail to grow out, and you have
precautions to prevent the fungus from coming back.
Two anti-fungus products that work
A friend who has had a persistent case of
toenail fungus for a very long time writes,
While the combination of abrading and applying products like Fungi Ban,
Fungi Cure, tea-tree oil, etc, do improve the condition, they don't fully
cure it. While the nails are no longer opaque, neither are they clear;
there is still some cloudiness and some white and yellow spots, even after a
full year of daily treatment. A new search on the topic turns up a product
that is sold only overseas, but that can be ordered from
Fungal Nail Treatment. What distinguishes this product from the
others is that it is made by a well-known foot-care company
(Scholl is the name of
the international branch of Dr. Scholl's) and that it actually
claims to penetrate the nail and to kill “99.9% of nail
fungus”. The treatment is a combination of filing down the entire
nail surface and applying a liquid to the nail. NOTE: For some unknown
reason all the reviews from 2013 to May 2016 have disappeared, but they were
good reviews, most people reported good results.
UPDATE (March 2016):
Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment disappeared for a while, or if you could
find it, it was very expensive. Meanwhile a new European brand appeared on
Stop by Zane Hellas.
When you order it, it comes in the mail from Greece. Currently it has
a 4-star rating, based
reviews. This is a better rating than any other specifically
anti-toenail-fungus brand on Amazon.
It comes in a very small bottle, but
it still holds more (10ml) than the very tiny Scholl bottle
(3.8ml) so it lasts a lot longer (usually about a month) and costs only
about $10. Takes a long time to arrive, though, but as a bonus the small
package usually has
some colorful Greek stamps!
Essential Oregano Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Almond Oil,
Organic Essential Tea Tree Oil, Organic Calendula Oil, Organic Avocado Oil.
The main active ingredient is Carvacrol. Carvacrol is
an ingredient found in maximum content in Oregano Oil and is natural.
Carvacrol has very strong antifungal properties and can kill the fungus at a
rate of 100% and in a short time. Used since ancient times and there are
published scientific medical studies on the properties and effectiveness of
Carvacrol. Fungus Stop is an excellent product; its only drawback is a
very strong odor that gets into your shoes and flip-flops and won't come
UPDATE #2 (November 2016):
fungal nail treatment is back, and at a very low price too
($12.45 at this writing). This time it ships from Bulgaria!
(instead of from Britain or Ireland).
Amazon.com sells these products through a variety of third-party vendors, so
if the links above fail to work, try these searches:
New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut
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