For the last few years, I’ve kept my nails polished almost all the time. Brights, pastels, and most often glitters – what can I say? I like shiny things. The reason I started painting my nails regularly in the first place was because of a terrible habit: nail biting.
For most of my adolescence, I constantly chewed at my nails. I tried many techniques to stop, but the most helpful one was to keep my nails very short and painted. If they had a pretty color on them, I wouldn’t want to mess them up. But now that I haven’t had the urge to bite my nails for a while, I’ve decided to try something new – no polish.
Well … not exactly no polish. I’ve been using Nailtiques, which is a nail protein polish that strengthens your nails.
It comes in several formulas:
- Formula 1, for maintenance of healthy, flexible nails
- Formula 2, for soft, peeling, bitten, or thin nails
- Formula 2 Plus, for excessively weak nails
- Formula 3, for hard dry nails
I’ve been using two different formulas – Formula 2 for most of my nails, and Formula 2+ for my right index and middle fingers. The secret of Nailtiques is being regular with your application. If your nails are in bad shape, you need to apply it every day until it starts peeling off. Then you can take it off and start applying again.
Make sure you swab your nails with nail polish remover before your first application. You want to take off any natural oils on your nails before you apply. If you notice some light stinging, this is normal, but if it really hurts, then you’ve probably chosen a formula too strong for your needs.
Even though I’ve been using tons of glitter polish and acetone nail polish remover, my nails are stronger and healthier than they’ve ever been. When my nails are starting to peel, I take a week off polish and apply Nailtiques every day. I was back on the east coast for the last week of Thanksgiving, so I thought it was a perfect time to take a break from color. I didn’t have to worry about chips from dark colors, and I had plenty of time to apply the nail protein. But when I get back to SF tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating with something bright and flashy.