I never used to have such brittle nails, but in recent years they’ve done nothing but split, crack and (often painfully) break. I’ve tried strengthening coats, biotin supplements, B complex supplements, omega supplements, CND Rescue Rx oil, more strengthening coats … Nothing has worked.
I recently stumbled upon Bliss Kiss Simply Pure nail oil and decided to give it a go. The product is being shipped from the US so it could take a while to get here. The creator of the Simply Pure nail oil has kindly listed the ingredients on the site. In the meantime, I’m trying pure jojoba oil, applying it to my nails, rubbing it in, waiting until the nails have soaked up all the oil and feel dry rather than oily, then doing it again. Just now, it takes about five minutes for my nails to absorb it all and feel dry.
This is the state of my nails after two days of jojoba oil. Today is 07/08/2020.
You can see they look dry, they’re split and peeling, and the right thumbnail is torn right down to the quick.
12/08 I did frequent coats of jojoba oil, as above, for four days. Then I got hold of some applicator pens and filled them with jojoba oil, vitamin E gel and plant squalane. I cleaned my nails, applied a base coat, and have continued to apply the treatment multiple times per day. This is my nails today. I don’t see any improvement so far.
Today is 17/08, so ten days into the jojoba oil treatments. I removed the base coat a few days ago and have been doing multiple, frequent treatment applications. My nails are still dry and absorb the oil very quickly, but I think they are looking a bit better (the hairy background is in fact my cat).
The order from Bliss Kiss is held at the sorting office because there was a £12.71 customs charge, but I paid that today, so with any luck it will arrive in the next couple of days. I will switch to the Simply Pure when it arrives, and continue to update this post.
The Bliss Kiss package arrived on the 19th. I’ve been doing the same – painting my nails and the surrounding skin multiple times per day. The photos below are my nails today. Next, Bliss Kiss recommend cleaning the nails with alcohol and painting them with a good base coat. They specify a base coat rather than a base/top coat because base coats are formulated to stick to the nail surface. I will also keep applying the oil several times a day.
They are looking better aren’t they?
07/09/2020 Things have gone a bit tits up since the above.I applied another base coat, then got carried away and applied a couple of coats of my current favourite nail polish, Camo by Revolution Beauty. Like all the nail polishes I’ve ever tried, including gel manicures, it was chipped at the ends within 24 hours. I left it all on for a week though, so as not to dry my nails with remover. Once I’d removed it, my nails weren’t great – flaky and chipped at the ends and they were breaking very easily, especially as I assembled a new cat tree, and spent a weekend doing a big batch cook with my hands in and out of water. I kept oiling my nails and about a week ago applied another base coat, which I removed yesterday.
I don’t think my nails like being painted, even if it’s just with a base coat. They look healthy enough when it’s on, but when I take it off, the ends are split and peeling, and they break. Or maybe they’re ok with the base coat but react badly to the remover. I dunno. Anyway, my nails are bare just now and I’m back to frequent multiple oilings.
I think my pattern for the next wee while will be wearing a base coat through the week, with regular oilings, and remove it at the weekend for frequent oiiing. Ideally I’d like to get to a point that my nails can survive without a base coat. To that end, I’ve been reading a bit about the benefits of dietary sulphur for the hair and nails, such as this article. I’m going to try sulphur supplements (MSM) and see if that helps.
20/10/2020 A couple of months if oil treatment and base coat, and a month of sulphur supplements, and they are definitely looking better (the gloss is base coat).