I admire women who are able to maintain perfectly manicured nails. It’s what every beauty enthusiast dreams of (that and perfectly fleeky brows). Despite applying copious amounts of industrial strength top coats, I can never keep a colour on my nails for longer than a day. My nails lack moisture, strength and flexibility – all of which contribute to a perfect set of talons. I used to put it down to the fact that I’m amazingly clumsy with my hands, constantly hitting something or clawing my way into a new online package, but in reality, I think it’s the copious amounts of dishes that I do each night (my husband can vouch for the sarcasm in that comment).
I indulged in acrylics during my late teens/early twenties. I don’t get them done much now as I can’t be bothered with the upkeep and I certainly don’t want to damage my nails further. When gel nail colours exploded onto the market, I was ecstatic. So much so that I went out and bought my own gel nail system – mostly to save myself £25 every two weeks, but also because I wanted to experiment with colours in the comfort of my own home. The love affair grew strong, and before I knew it I was painting and removing my gel colours every week – that was until my trip to Barbados.
My nails have always been prone to chipping and breakage. I banked on the notion that having gel nails meant that I could grow my nails as well as improve the strength without having to turn back to acrylics, but I was hugely mistaken! Throughout the holiday my nails became dry, soft and uncomfortably brittle. The gel colour did help in masking my peeling nails, but they did nothing for the strength. My nails were borderline painful and in the worst shape they had ever been. I knew something had to be done and done fast. It was time to bring the big guns out and invest in a nail strengthener that could whip my nails back into shape (well better shape than they were before).
The Nailtiques Nail Protein Formula is a small bottle of heaven for those suffering with dry, brittle and splitting nails like mine. The unique blend of protein and conditioners work hard at providing immediate relief for damaged nails. The special blend of hydrolyzed keratin, calcium and gelatin bonds the nail layers together, building a strong foundation; which allows for resistance against peeling, chipping and splitting.
There are two size options available; £12.50 for a 7ml bottle and £19.00 for 15ml. To be honest, unless you’re planning on using this treatment for a fair number of months, the 7ml version will suffice. Nailtiques is readily available at many online retailers such as Beauty Bay, Look Fantastic and Amazon, but if you’re not an online shopper (perish the thought) then you will need to search around at a few Boots stores. I got my bottle from Beauty Bay as they have been running a 30% discount on all Nailtiques products for quite some time; which was the perfect excuse to add a few more items in the bag (not that I need one).
Like many other nail treatments available, the solution is encased in a glass bottle complete with a brush applicator. This makes it easy to brush on the formula, even when on the move. The instructions suggest to apply a thin coat daily, with or without the inclusion of a nail colour. Personally, I abstained the nail varnish as I didn’t want to taint the solution, but it is allowed if you’re worried about naked nails. The solution is to be removed after seven days with an acetone free nail varnish remover to allow for a fresh weekly batch of applications. This is to be repeated until your nails are at their desired strength. I did find that after about 3 days upon the first application, the repeated layers began to peel off. It didn’t cause any detriment to the overall treatment, but it was slightly annoying to remove then re-apply that regularly. The treatment also discoloured; which was another con in my books. I’m an eater (obviously) and any foods that had the faintest bit of food colouring in made my nails for florescent yellow – not a great look if you’re trying to improve the quality of your nails, but again, this was quickly resolved with a fresh batch of layers.
With two months of continuous use, these are the results of the treatment. As you can see, the health of my nails has vastly improved. I’ve got about 1/4 cm growth above the tips of my fingers; which is the perfect height for me as I detest super long nails. My nails feel and look a lot stronger and I can actually bash my hands around (insert joke here) without fearing for broken nails. My little finger nails have made the greatest improvement as they were very bendy to the touch. They are now visibly stronger, much like the rest of my set. I was a little apprehensive during the first two weeks of the course as I did not see an immediate improvement. I had noticed that the peeling reduced a fair bit, but the length and strength of my nails remained the same. Nevertheless I carried on and I haven’t looked back. I do advise, for anyone looking to indulge in the treatment, to be warned that everyone’s nails are different. It may take some a couple of days to visibly notice a difference or it may take a month. Nailtiques do suggest that if the Formula 2 doesn’t provide you with your desired results then the Formula 2 Plus version is recommended. I would most certainly start off the with Formula 2 rather than going straight in with a stronger solution and allow myself a month to judge the difference. I’m very happy with the results and I now have nails I can proudly display.
You can find the entire Nailteques range here.