At the start of this blog, my nails were a mess. I had just gotten acrylic nails and then proceeded to try and take them off myself with acetone and tin foil and bludgeoned the whole damn thing. But even before this I had only been taking the advice of my mother on how to take care of my nails and while she knows how to bake like it’s nobody’s business, she isn’t the greatest at taking care of her nails either. After I did some actual research I realized most of the practices I put in place were wrong and they were ruining my nails. I also pick at and bite my nails ever since I was little, not be I was nervous, the skin around my nails was just terribly dry and fragile. I got constant hangnails and I would pull at them and bite them and make them bleed. I just couldn’t deal with that skin there. It bothered the hell out of me. I’m the kind of person who can’t deal with bumps or scraps or dead skin. I’ll just pick, pick, pick until it’s gone. I know! Terrible habit. One I’m trying every day to curb.

I thought since I was going on this healthy nail journey, that I would document with photos and a layout of my process for taking care of my nails. So, for the last 5 months I’ve been periodically taking photos to show how my nails look after I use these products and the subsequent growth and overall look of my nails.

The first thing I do is clean my nails with the Trim Wide Nail Brush and I really recommend to anyone that they clean there nails with a brush like this because the bristles are hard enough to really scrub your nails clean but not enough to hurt your skin.

Next, I’m going to file my nails into the shape I want which is usually a round almond shape with any double sided nail file and my favorite buffing block.  

Then, I’m going to rub Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil  on my and around my nail bed. I actually wear this overnight and then when I get up in the morning I wash it off an I’ll do my nails while I get ready for the day. It’s recommended that you do this but you don’t have to do it this way.

Once I get ready to do my nails I’m going to apply a thin first layer of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails nail hardener to keep my nails from breaking throughout the day. Then, I go in with a thin layer of Sally Hansen Complete Care 7 in 1 Nail Treatment.

This shit is amazing and totally worth the $10, it does a whole sleuth of stuff which I’ll list below but a good bonus is it acts as a top + base coat so I opted out of purchasing separate ones.

  • Base & Top Coat
  • Growth & Strengthener
  • Ridge-Filler
  • Brightener
  • Ultra-moisturizing 

How it works (straight from back of packaging): Avocado Oil, Sea Salt, Pomegranate Extract and Calcium combine in the 7 in 1 patented formula to create a durable shield that helps restore strength, moisture and natural brightness to dry brittle nails.  

Finally, after I apply this and then whatever color I pick for the day then I’ll apply it again as a top coat and let it dry for a second while I sit absolutely still because knowing myself, I fuck something up if I move even an inch after I finish my nails.

Once I know it’s pretty good but not still completely dry, I’ll reach for the Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops which are really good for speeding up the process of drying without a fan or UV light. (Which I haven’t tried yet but I definitely want to!) This is for if you’re in a rush or first thing in the morning when you just have a lot to do and can NOT wait for your nails to dry. A couple drops on each nail and then no movement for a solid 2 minutes and you’ll be good to go.

 January 28  

This is the first day I started using the products pictured in the background and every-time I did my nails I would use these products. This was taken before I had applied these products, I had just cut them and filed them. You can see they were definitely damaged, they had hangnails, weren’t staying long, kept breaking and I would have to cut them again, cuticles were falling apart and I was cutting those as well.

February 2

This is about a week later

March 10

April 13

After almost a full 3 months at this point, I’ve finally started to see some growth in my nails and they aren’t falling apart or breaking so easily anymore. They don’t have a clear white outline yet but the tips aren’t flimsy.

April 19

April 25

I finally started to see some the white color in my tips and more growth, they are starting to look somewhat healthier.

April 27

I hope you guys liked this, please tell me in the comments if this is something you want to see more of! I will continue to keep this updated throughout my nail journey so you can see how this products work over a long period of time and what products I change and which ones I keep consistent.

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

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