Best nail builder/varnish

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Best nail builder/varnish

Post by redmcq » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:37 pm

What’s the best nail strengthener I can buy to strengthen my nails as they’re constantly wearing away through practice

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Post by Ramon Amira » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:31 pm

Irene Gari Calcium Top Coat - only available online.

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Re: Best nail builder/varnish

Post by MNClassical » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:40 pm

I really like Hoof and Mane nail cream to but on all the RH nails and LH cuticles at night. Has helped me prevent split nails for a long time!

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Re: Best nail builder/varnish

Post by Steven Morgan » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:18 am

I use OPI original nail strengther. It seems to be more effective than the other brands I have used over the years. Ultimately though, I'd recommend always having a good brush-on nail glue handy. :)
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Post by 630mm » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:23 am

OPI Nail Envy in Matte for me.
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Re: Best nail builder/varnish

Post by Casey » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:57 pm

Nail Magic for me. Cured my hooking also.

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Re: Best nail builder/varnish

Post by Tomzooki » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:24 pm

Mavala scientific + Ecrinal nail cream. Mavala scientific harden nails because of the formaldehyde it contains (formaldehyde cross-link proteins) but nails can become brittle. But combined with the Ecrinal cream it did marvel on my extremely thin and brittle nails
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