Tag Archive | Dry nails

Monday Mani


The ultimate fix for dry brittle nails ~~

Natural tips

Two coats of base gel(dry nails formula)

Color gel

Gel top coat

Cuticle oil


Monday Mani

Healthy Natural Nails*


Formula 1 – Maintenance after healthy and strong nails are achieved

Formula 2 – Weak, peeling nails

Formula 3 – Dry, brittle nails

Formula 2 Plus – Damaged and thin nails

Use:  daily application of thin even coats, careful to cap free edges.  After the sixth or seventh day of daily application, remove and began daily application for another six or seven days until the desired results are achieved.  Better and faster results if used without polish for the first 30 days of beginning the treatment.  Can be worn over nail polish if so desired.

*Purchased only at authorized nails salons

Nailtiques – What comes close?


Nothing else comes close


Nailtiques is dedicated to the development and maintenance of healthy, natural nails.  The complete line of prescribed, salon-tested products provides the best nail care system available today.  

Each product’s unique formula promotes natural nail growth, strength and moisture retention.  Nailtiques nail care system treats multiple nail problems with six specially formulated protein strengths:  Formulas 1, 2, 3, 2+, A and B.  Formulas A & B are not sold separately, they are progression polishes for nails with issues that will take three to six months to repair.  That’s growth from cuticle to free edge.  It will also depend on how fast your nails grow.  But with persistent care and maintenance, that includes regular manicures and use of the product, positive nail results are inevitable. 

Dew Drop Nails is partnered with Nailtiques as a distributor.


Think About It ~ What we hate, we must learn to love.  What comes easy will be difficult to endure.  What comes with work will give us rest.  Riches are discovered in poverty.  Safety in place of risk.  More in place of less.

Some Causes of Nail Problems

Manicured hands

While doing a manicure, I often ask clients how did they break a nail.  They ultimately say, they don’t know why or how their nails come to have a break, split or peel.  ‘It just peel or split like that?’  Some are legitimate reasons:  searching in a large purse, car door handle or just hit the nail and it breaks.  Breaks are often better than bending.  Believe me!  We all know the nail doesn’t grow out broken.  Broken nails are most likely due to some action or mishap by the client.  Some are just heavy-handed or use their nails as tools:  to open or peel something.  Most often its the thumb nail.

Cuticle care is very important to nail health.  If the cuticles are dry, cracked and tight, it could impede the nail growth.  The cuticle is actually a protective sheath that grows over the root of the nail. This is where your nail’s new cells are developed — the new cells grow and then push out existing nail, which is what causes the dead, whitened parts of your nail to grow over time and require trimming.  Washing the hands excessively can also cause dry brittle nails and dry tight cuticles.  Insufficient hydration through your diet can also cause dryness.

The bottom line:  healthy nails, have healthy cuticles


Think About It:  For a woman, self-maintenance is a full-time job


Dry, Brittle and Breaking Nails

ImageThere are many reasons fingernails break.  The reasons I find at Dew Drop Nails are:  nails are used as tools(that’s number one), wearing the nails too long, age, cold and dry weather, and over-exposure to chemicals.  Therefore, these nails cannot stand the harsh treatment and when the nails can’t take any more, they break!

Almost daily, I’m asked by the guests that come to Dew Drop Nails what can they do about their dry, brittle nails and how to keep them from breaking?  First of all, you would want your nails to break?  If not, the pain could be unbearable because of the nail bed involvement.


Your nails dry out as you age, losing their natural oils which act as a glue to hold the nail layers together.  If you have thin fingernails and dry skin to begin with you can expect this to happen to you ‘sooner rather than later’.  Exposing your hands to harsh soaps, cleaning products, solvents and rough work makes things worse.  At first your nails begin to ‘fray’ on the edges, becoming brittle. Eventually the layers split.  Nail hardeners make this worse because the alcohols, formaldehyde and other chemicals in the nail hardeners really dry out your natural oils. (Crazy fact: Nail hardeners actually contain more of these chemicals than nail polishes!  It’s these chemicals that make the nails feel harder at first, but- whammo– after a few weeks the splitting is worse than ever.) —Dr. C. Bailey

There may also be underlining health factors which may affect the nails, hair and skin not just the above factors.


Regular manicures, moisturize(water, not oils or vaseline), and use oils to keep the cuticles and nail beds supple and pliable.  Some of my favorite hydrating ingredients for nails are Shea Butter, Jojoba oil, avocado oil, or other rich natural oils that come from plants.  These natural oils have a tendency not to rub off but to penetrate the skin to lock in the moisture.  These oils are applied after the skin has been wet.

If you file these brittle and dry nails, use a high grit file(240 grit) to keep the nails from breaking, fraying and/or cracking any further.

Finally, use a nail-strengthener not a nail hardener, Nailtiques in a great strengthener.  This particular strengthener binds with the proteins in the nail plate.  This will not happen over night, 3-6 months of daily use.  The results will depend upon how fast your nails grow and if you honor the regimen.  One could easily see positive results in 30 days.   It will work!  If used.

Think About It:   Give yourself time to achieve your goal.  Good things take effort and time.