Nails and supplements

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
Hunt-man
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Nails and supplements

Post by Hunt-man » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:25 pm

I always had good nail till a few years ago. Then they started cracking all the time. I read a ton of threads here and tried taking multi vitamins, Gelatin and Biotin. I think they have gotten better but then maybe it was something else? I'm not a supplement fan. I still get cracks for no good reason.

Anyone else?

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erichert
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Re: Nails and suplements

Post by erichert » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:23 am

I've been using Healthy Hoof, which is a moisturizing lotion, recently and I've noticed a marked improvement in my nails.

Hunt-man
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Re: Nails and suplements

Post by Hunt-man » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:35 pm

I thought I learned that once nails are grown there isn't much that will affect them externally.
Does the Healthy Hoof make them softer?

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erichert
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Re: Nails and suplements

Post by erichert » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:41 pm

Not really softer but healthier I guess. I was having big problems with my nails after moving to the southwest, they became very brittle and would break if I as much as looked at them. Because of that I ended up not playing the guitar for about three years. The Healthy Hoof seems to make them moisturized and flexible the way they were when I lived up your way in the NW and has allowed me to pick the guitar back up again. Since you are having these problems in a more damp climate it might not help, but it might be worth a try.

Hunt-man
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Re: Nails and suplements

Post by Hunt-man » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:10 pm

I will give some HH a try. Can't hurt.

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erichert
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Re: Nails and suplements

Post by erichert » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:42 pm

I certainly hope it works, I was quite depressed by not being able to play because of nail issues.

mainterm
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Re: Nails and suplements

Post by mainterm » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:01 pm

I've used almond oil successfully as a preventative for undue cracking, chipping, delaminating, etc. Just a little drop, rubbed into the nail surface, edge and around cuticle.

On the other hand, I just decided to give playing with flesh a try... it's a lot easier to keep the nails short than it is to maintain them at a longer, desired length for playing with nails.

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Re: Nails and supplements

Post by Hunt-man » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:36 am

I do keep mine short, barely past the tips of the fingers.

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