Since I do my own nail extensions, I always end up doing and removing them a number of times throughout the year. Last week, after a nervous breakdown, I ended up yanking off my gel extensions.
Please take note! I KNOW that this is harmful for nails and I always PREACH to my clients to NOT pull/yank them off but yeah - I am guilty of doing this to my own nails, bite me.
So I decided to give my natural nails a much deserved break from extensions (maybe for a couple of weeks, month, not sure yet).
To help them to get stronger quickly, I have re-started taking the Perfectil vitamins [review here] and using a nail treatment. I also use cuticle oil.
The one I am currently using is the Sally Hansen Miracle Thickener.
It comes in a standard nail polish bottle and holds 13.3ml. I think I paid around 10 Euros for it.
Now this hardener comes with quite a bold statement: it states that it makes your nails "up to 70% thicker in 4 days".
It has a calcium and ceramic gel formula which reinforces weak and brittle nails while also filling in ridges.
For best results, you apply 1 coat per day for 4 days, on the 4th day remove with polish remover and re-start the process.
This can also used as a base coat too.
I really like this product - my nails feel harder and less thin than they were when I removed my nail extensions, after less than a week of using it.
I would re-purchase this but I still prefer to use OPI's Original Nail Envy.
Do you use nail hardener?