I’ve detailed my nail struggle here several times before. And while things have always been rough with me and fingernails (breaking, peeling, just all around being obnoxious), it’s been especially hard with all of the moving I’ve been doing lately. I didn’t just go from one house to the other, I went from one house to temporary apartment to another house, so it was like two moves for the price of one! I don’t recommend it.

At any rate, in order to keep some semblance of normalcy with my nails, I had a shellac manicure done shortly after my arrival in Texas. It seemed like a great idea at the time – my nails grew long and stayed prettily polished. What I didn’t take into account (and I should have because honestly) is that I’m a nervous picker. I’ve tried over and over again to stop the picking, but anxiety just doesn’t respond to that kind of logic. So you can guess what happened next. Yup. I picked off the entire shellac manicure. All of it.

They say that shellac doesn’t harm the nail bed, making it superior to acrylic nails. While that might be true for someone who handles things correctly, it wasn’t true for me and my nervous picking. So afterwards I had a real mess on my ┬áhands. Roughened up nails that no longer looked anywhere near pretty. So I started the Nail Medic program.

At the same time, my daughter decided that middle school called for long, polished nails, so I had her start the Nail Medic program several weeks before school started. Did I mention she has much better nails than I do? Because youth or something.

Here are the basic steps of the Nail Medic plan we started:

  1. Nail Cleanser & Primer: this was the first product applied after removing any polish or treatments on the nail. This cleans the nail bed and gets it ready for the treatments that follow
  2. Nail & Cuticle Energizer: this is the stand-out product in the line, as far as I’m concerned. This bi-phase treatment moisturizes both nails and my dry-as-a-bone cuticles.
  3. Fine Line & Ridge Filling Base Coat: the final step in the process. This is a lacquer-based product, so it functions effectively as a sealant as well as getting the nail nice and smooth for polish application. This needs to be removed every night and reapplied.

The final result? I didn’t see a lot of growth with the Nail Medic, and neither did my daughter. However, what we did see was strength – especially me. Within a day or two of starting the plan, my damaged nail beds started to look close to normal and 10 days later you could barely even tell that I had problems at all. Two weeks later, and you might see a ridge or two, but nothing at all like what I had when I first started.

Nails before Nail Medic and after

Growth can be affected by many things, including stress, diet, even exercise. But mostly in our case it was affected by all the boxes, cleaning, unpacking, and general moving around. If we had done the product in a more normal time in our lives, I’m quite certain that we would have seen much more growth. But we were filing down our work-ravaged nails every night when we did the treatment, so I wasn’t expecting to see much of anything.

I’m super happy with the end result of the Nail Medic program, and will be breaking it out in times of need. A person with way more discipline than me could use it every night with amazing results, I’m sure. But I’m far more likely to fall into bed exhausted in the evenings these days than I am to work on my nails.

Nail Medic by Pretty Woman products can be found at Wal-Mart, and you aren’t limited to the program that I used. There are several products in the line, and you should mix and match the right ones to fit your nail needs.

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