If you’ve been following me for long enough, you’d know that my nails are always sporting coffin-shaped acrylics of the longer variety. I thoroughly enjoy the process of getting my nails done (possibly because there’s a hand massage involved), not to mention the ultra feminine way in which my hands look post-application. I’ve also had some experience doing my own nails with good ol’ fashioned press on’s and acrylic-like tips using nail glue but it goes without saying that my actual nails have suffered somewhat in the process. I tend to go through the cycle of finally thinking of getting off tips and acrylics but two or three days in, I give up because my natural nails have become much too sensitive and brittle resulting in them inevitably splitting and breaking almost instantly.
While I do love my long, artificial nails, I do have a desire to build up the strength of my natural nails. While the routine two week break is encouraged during each new set of acrylics, I have never thoroughly used a nail treatment range. It’s why I jumped at the opportunity to partner up with Sally Hansen in an effort to restore my natural nails to their former glory. So, what will my journey entail?
Well, over the course of fourteen days, I will be documenting my nail rehab transformation. At the end of each week, I will return with a blog post sharing updates, concerns and/or issues I am experiencing with the group of treatment products I’m using. I have since received and begun putting to the test said treatment products for about a week and I must say, I am impressed with the results thus far. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside my nail rehab kit.
Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener
I have to say that when I visited my beauty salon to have my acrylics removed, my nails were severely fragile, thin and brittle. I had even injured my forefinger earlier that same week hence the bruise-like mark on my nail bed. About two of my nails seemed to be forming cracks right in the middle resulting in indescribable pain and discomfort. They have since become somewhat stronger, however, the split in the nail beds have not completely vanished. I sincerely hope that it won’t come to a complete split but rather that my nails can make a full recovery. But because I did anticipate that this would be the case, I requested that the Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener be sent to me.
It claims to protect thin nails by bonding and sealing them instantly. The suggested method is to apply one coat on bare nails daily for up to four days either alone or beneath a nail colour. The exclusive calcium and ceramic gel formula is said to reinforce and smoothen nails, filling in ridges and imperfections to make nails look smooth, healthy and shiny. To me, this sounded like the ultimate brittle nail cure and so I will be following the recommended use religiously for the first four days in order to get optimum results. Because my nail beds do appear to have bruises, I opt to put colour on top just so that they look more appeasing.
Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab
Labeled as “intense care of severely dry, dehydrated nails and cuticles”, I figured that this would be the next ideal treatment product to put to the test. Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab, also a strengthening treatment, will be what I use at night. It’s a good time to note that when removing colour or the Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener daily, I will be using an acetone-free nail polish remover. Acetone is quite a harsh ingredient and so I’ve determined it’s best I avoid it as much as possible. The idea with Moisture Rehab is to apply it onto bare nails and gently massage it in nightly. I’ll be treating this as a nail mask somewhat and leave it on while I get some beauty sleep. It’s during your rem cycle while you sleep that your body tends to repair and rejuvenate itself. I intend to maximize on this!
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil
No nail rehab kit is complete without a cuticle oil and so I chose to try the Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil. My cuticles tend to behave themselves for the most part so I rarely experience irritation or discomfort on or around the area. I do like the fact that it’s also great for use on the actual nail so the plan is to use this nightly, after Moisture Rehab.
It is described as “an intensely moisturizing Vitamin E oil that softens cuticles and cares for dry, brittle nails.” It’s formulated with Natural Essential Oil Complex with Vitamin E, Wheat Germ, Apricot Kernel, Aloe & Panthenol which work to moisturize and condition cuticles while increasing nail flexibility. Massaging it in also helps to “increase circulation to the nail bed and stimulate new nail growth.”
Also included in my kit is the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth & Strong Base Coat, the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Ultra-Wear Top Coat, as well as the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops™. Not just an ordinary base coat, the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth & Strong Base Coat also helps with filling ridges, adding density to thin nails and preventing splitting. The top coat also offers chip-resistant protection while the Drop & Go Drops will help me get out the door quicker when meetings are on the agenda and bare nails are a no-go.
So, am I up for the challenge? Indeed I am! It’ll be tough and I know the little voice inside my head will urge me to call up my nail technician and ask for a fresh set of acrylics. Nevertheless, I will try my absolute best in hopes that this group of products will give me the results I need. And who knows? Perhaps at the end of this two-week journey, I won’t wish to return to artificial nails again…