My finger nails are paper-thin. Peel 'em apart, fold 'em into origami shapes, papery-thin-thin.
I have tried countless nail hardeners by reputable polish names like OPI, Nailtiques, and Sally Hansen. None really seem to do much besides add a little shine, and they all end up causing frustration when my nails continue to break.
This year, my search for the perfect clear nail polish ended.
One of my old bosses had the most enviable nails I had ever seen - always beautifully lacquered in shiny red, just the right length, and never chipped. After a few weeks of noticing her darling digits, I told her I just had to know where she got her nails done.
I was shocked to hear that she does them herself, and the reason they are so strong and always perfectly polished, is because she uses a secret weapon that she was happy to share with me. She scurried back to her office, and returned holding a little amber colored bottle that has since changed my life.
That's right. Hoof lacquer.
I don't know if was really originally formulated for horses, but let me tell you - It works.
I was able to find it at our local CVS, but after a quick online search, it looks as though they also carry it on Amazon, as well as several beauty supply websites.
Use a couple of coats on your bare nails to make them stronger than ever, and over nail polish to add shine and prevent chipping.
Now trot on over to find yourself a bottle...