The journey continues and progress is being made. Breaking bad habits takes time. Everything worth doing takes however long it takes and by approaching it one day at a time, we make more progress than attempting to leapfrog to achieve our goals.
The nail on the ring finger on my left hand had a small “chip” break off the previous week. These nails are so weak, thin, and brittle too that they can tear, break, or chip off easily. I chose to use a formaldehyde-free nail strengthener, base & top coat by OPI. (I purchased at a Beauty Brands retail store but -online- they are out of stock, and it appears Amazon doesn’t carry this so, I’ve linked to a listing at Target.)
Several nails are attempting to grow or fill in the weakest areas on the side of the nails (yes, I know this is gross) and these issues are among the most challenging. Yesterday, Renee of Ren Nails, suggested she use a silk wrap on this nail, and the other ring finger, to preserve the existing nails and help prevent further breakage.
I chose to refrain from using the OPI “Bare My Soul” polish I like so, it is easier to see the slow progress being made. Yellowing is a problem – even for women who have never abused their nails. I’ve read of using hydrogen peroxide to whiten but am concerned about further drying so I used Crest 3D white toothpaste and a soft bristle brush to help brighten them. Renee said she saw a post about lemon on Pinterest so, I did a quick web search & found a site called Almond Nails that might be helpful to many. (I like to vet sources I refer but WHOIS has little on this site so, while I hope it is not AI, who knows anymore? The information looks legit, and I appreciate the education.) I am going to try this.
Per Renee’s instruction, I apply cuticle nail oil at least 6 times per day and ALWAYS before going to sleep at night. I really believe this is crucial and attributes to the slow and steady success I am realizing.