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Expensive but well worth a try for weak, peeling nails.
on 23 April 2015
**Short Version: I like this stuff, I applied it daily for 2 weeks and my bendy, flaky nails do seem in better condition. It's not a miracle cure but I intend to keep using it and have bought a second bottle.**
My nails (and skin and cuticles) are horribly dry. They flake and de-laminate and grow thin and flimsy. Like everyone else, I've tried tons of products and remain sceptical that anything can really help build up and repair the dead, already grown and damaged nail plate. On the other hand, I really hate having gross nails and I'm pathetically optimistic.
I find most hardeners are able to make the nails harder, but this also makes them brittle which isn't very useful! I slather moisturiser on my cuticles when I can but obviously not enough because they dry up and peel away from the nail. At work, I use my nails as tools, I can't wear nail varnish or hand cream and I frequently have to wash my hands - it's basically nail hell. So...when I find myself with a month off and an urge to grow my nails long and natural I jump on the chance to try Trind Nail Repair and really give my my nails some serious attention.
This stuff is expensive, 9ml is not a lot of product for over £12.
Goes on nicely, looks white in the bottle but dries practically clear. Not the fastest drying product, but not the slowest, either. Looks pleasant enough on, I feel like it might even have had a slight brightening effect.
__What I Did__
Following the instructions, I applied a fresh coat of TNR every day for two weeks. I was a bit worried that all that contact with polish remover would be counter-productive and dry my nails even more but it seems the Trind is holding its own. I also used a lot of non-greasy hand cream, between taking off one coat of TNR, and adding the next, taking time to massage it in and let it absorb before I added the next coat of TNR.
As with any polish I was careful to not get it on my cuticles and to seal the tips well. I use handcream on my cuticles throughout the day and gave my nails the occasional gentle filing to keep them in shape.
My nails appeared brighter and possibly healthier. The flaky ends were not noticeably repaired but they weren't worse. While my nails don't feel harder or thicker they remain flexible and considering they have half a centimetre of free edge past the nail bed, I don't feel they're brittle and likely to snap like they would if I'd been loading them up with, say, calcium hardener every day for a week.
I broke two nails in one day! Nothing major, and they snapped cleanly along straight lines. But now I'm worried the Trind is making my nails brittle. this week the Trind Nail Balsam I'd ordered turned up, so hopefully if it's more moisture my nails need, this will help. (I'll review it separately).
On the whole, they're better than they were before I started this two-week daily regime. Of course I can't tell how much of that is the TNR and how much is me being more attentive to my nails and keeping them more moisturised. They're still flimsier than I'd like but my cuticles and eponychium are in better condition and hopefully as my nails grow out the TNR treated nail will be stronger and more resilient. I wanted to keep my nails filed square but in the end I had to go for a squoval shape and lose the corners because they were peeling and breaking. So, they're not as strong as I'd hoped but still pretty good.
I had to stop using the TNR because it made my nails pull away from the nail bed and get sore. I can only guess my nails have reached peak hardness although, I had the bad reaction after I'd lightly buffed my nails, so perhaps it was just because they were slightly thinner than usual. Anyway, my nails are still long and strong and I've switched to the Trind Keratin Nail Balsam and Keratin nail Repair for the time being. They seem to be a bit more gentle and I do think my nails still need a bit of help.