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Date: 3/7/13 6:37 AM

Beauticians, anything new that works?
Creams, gloves, paint-on hardeners, right foods
don't help. Must be another wonderful effect of "maturity"?
I read reviews on hydrators vs. hardeners,
of course some are paid to recommend certain brands.
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Date: 3/7/13 6:54 AM

MAVALA , a Swiss product, you can get it on the internet. Expensive, but it works. I used it regularly as a stewardess many, many moons ago, and now only when my nails get too soft.

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Date: 3/7/13 9:04 AM

I have found that Revlon's calcium nail hardener works amazingly well.

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Date: 3/7/13 9:30 AM

I take biotin, found in the vitamin aisle. It has made my nails harder, and maybe my hair appear thicker.

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Date: 3/7/13 9:57 AM

Someone here pointed to this blog Loodie loodie loodie which has amazing nail info. The key for me, since I wash my hands a LOT due to work, is being absolutely relentless in the nail care department. The before bed cuticle cream (I use a thick layer of my face cream) seems to be the most crucial for me.
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Date: 3/7/13 10:39 AM

There's Nailtique--can be purchased at the drug store and I've had great success with Sally Hansen's nail strengthener. My nails would split and flake--such a mess.

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Date: 3/8/13 5:31 PM

Mayonnaise. Any brand. Just rub it in your nails, it works!

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Date: 3/8/13 9:55 PM

I second Nailtique, Formula Two Plus

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Date: 3/8/13 10:09 PM

My nails got very soft and pealed easily. I take biotin and calcium 2xs a day. My nails are so much better. The biotin helped my 85 year old mother who had the same issues only worse.

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Date: 3/8/13 11:59 PM

Calcium (taken orally) and gloves, gloves, gloves! My nails have never looked better.


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