So the inevitable has happened. My annual foray in to the world of nail extensions has ended as badly as it always does. After 3 weeks of beautiful, powder pink acrylic gel talons, my natural nails now officially hate me.

“Take care of them properly and your natural nails will be fine! Extensions don’t ruin your natural nails!” We’ve all heard these protests from the nail professionals, and while this may well be true in some cases, it most definitely hasn’t been the case with me. Post-falsies, my nails are a thin, peeling and painful mess. Enter my go-to nourishing nail treatments to save the day. Whether you like to experiment with gels and acrylics from time to time, or you just naturally suffer from brittleness throughout the year, these hard-working formulations will bring your lack-lustre tips back to life.

CND Rescue RX Daily Keratin Treatment

This super hydrating nail conditioner contains keratin, the main component of nails, to bond and strengthen the layers. Sweet almond oil smooths and nourishes; and jojoba seed oil penetrates deep into the nail to help moisturise from within and promote nail bed health.

OPI Nail Envy Original Nail Strengthener

This old favourite has long been a stalwart in nail art lover’s bathroom cabinets. Calcium and wheat protein work together to toughen up the weakest of nails and trigger growth within two to three weeks. For the best results, paint on two coats to dry nails and after one week, remove with polish remover then re-apply the formula.

Nail Tek 2 Strengthener

If your nails split and peel the second they reach past your finger tips and bend at the slightest touch, then this is the potion for you. Wear it alone or apply it as a base coat before your colour and you should start seeing results in around two weeks.

Sally Hard As Nails

There’s a reason that Sally Hansen products appear on “Best of Beauty” lists year after year, and that’s because the products really work. This transparent base coast dries in seconds, looks great on its own or underneath a colour polish, and the signature Sally Hansen wide, flat brush makes for a quick and easy application. Most importantly though, its hardening effect is noticeable on the weakest of nails.

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