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What are your ideas on how we can prevent breakage of our fingernails?

After they break, what should you do - when and how can they be salvaged?  I simply try to make the nail not ragged and let time pass for it to grow out.

I have been keeping them short but they do seem to occasionally get caught on things, sometimes in clothing and I pull a thread, which is annoying!

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Hi Chrissy, My nails always end up either catching something or getting snapped off. When snapped, I usually file them and let them grow out again. Sometimes if cracked, I have to cut them off short which sux!

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Nails: How you can prevent breakage, what is best to do when they break?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 09:55:37 pm »
Hi Chrissy, My nails always end up either catching something or getting snapped off. When snapped, I usually file them and let them grow out again. Sometimes if cracked, I have to cut them off short which sux!

Lisa



We need to get this problem nailed down!  Ha!   :)

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We need to get this problem nailed down!  Ha!   :)

Chrissy
I have nail polish on always all the time.  I first put a layer of clear polish on, let it dry very well for hours, follow up with the color of my choice (my favorite is the red that can be seen on the avatar), ad let that dry well again.  When this is dry, I put another layer of clear on top.
This way, my nails gain a little more strength.  If I happen to break ne, the file is my friend.  I file the wreck of a nail, until it loos decent gin, und touch it up with some polish.


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I use a hand and nail cream with keeps my nails supple (and my hands soft) so my nails don't snap from being too dry. I have my hands in water a lot, which can take out some of the natural oils. If I get a small crack near an edge, I file it back, but if it is a large crack, there is little you can do to save it short of a salon visit!!

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I bought glove a size larger.

I found by keeping them long I develop an awareness of just how long they are.

Avoid  getting into situations where you have to rush with your hands.

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I heard that having enough vitamin B12 is important for your nails and skin.
So good diet and nutrition helps, like it helps for so many things.

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I heard that having enough vitamin B12 is important for your nails and skin.
So good diet and nutrition helps, like it helps for so many things.

Chrissy
I take B12 supplements, my nails seem to care less!


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Biotin is what my wife takes and it does a good job.  When I took it my body hair started growing like crazy.  Had to put a stop to that.  Now it’s a gel coat at the salon.

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Nails: How you can prevent breakage, what is best to do when they break?
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2019, 07:11:58 pm »
I have found that when my nails get "too long" I have a bad habit of biting them!  Ugh!
I have not resorted to a cayenne pepper nail coat to stop that biting.

I can say that I am having them break or tear from their length about as often as me biting them now, so that is progress.

I have not got this biting nailed down yet though!   :)

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I have found that when my nails get "too long" I have a bad habit of biting them!  Ugh!
I have not resorted to a cayenne pepper nail coat to stop that biting.

I can say that I am having them break or tear from their length about as often as me biting them now, so that is progress.

I have not got this biting nailed down yet though!   :)

Chrissy
I am lucky, I never was a nail biter.  But I think nail biting stems from some kind of nervous and insecurity feeling.
It is a habit that can be eliminated over time.
Maybe, once you are a happy woman, those bad habits go away?


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Re: Nails: How you can prevent breakage, what is best to do when they break?
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2019, 04:29:11 pm »
Never use your fingernails to dig, like in a flowerpot, just use your fingertips if need be, or better yet, a tool!   :)


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Re: Nails: How you can prevent breakage, what is best to do when they break?
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2020, 06:58:39 am »
Does anyone else here occasionally bite your fingernails?


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Re: Nails: How you can prevent breakage, what is best to do when they break?
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2020, 10:27:38 am »
I was a compulsive nail biter until 2005 when I vowed to quit on my BD.  Soon after someone in my family was involved in a terrific accident.  Despite the stress I held on and gave up the habit.  I love that my nails are so nice. 
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I have been noticing that it seems that my fingernails are not as hard or thick as they were in the past.

This is a little annoying but I hear it is not universal however not uncommon among MTFs.

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Dear Christine:
You hit the "nail" on the head.  Especially since I went Full Time (I've been on HRT for 5 years) I am breaking or cracking my fingernails frequently....
... they are definitely thinner and not as thick or strong.   
Plus, as a woman I have longer nails than men have so my nails are "out there" exposed and ready to be damaged!!!

The price of beauty.   :)

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I have been noticing that it seems that my fingernails are not as hard or thick as they were in the past.

This is a little annoying but I hear it is not universal however not uncommon among MTFs.

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That's interesting. I'm pre-HRT and I've never broken a nail; maybe that's because male nails are thicker than female ones, as seems to be reported here.

Having longer nails as female isn't on my list of desires. I like my nails short enough to be practical. Although I suppose I should say that that is how I feel right now. HRT may change my desires somewhat; I am aware of that.

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I had lovely long nails that rarely broke until lockdown:-(
I always had my nails done professionally with gels but I cannot do them my self plus I ruined my nails getting the damn stuff off. Now they are short and breaking all the time. Roll on nail bar reopening

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I know it's a bit of an old thread, but this is another thing I have been observing.

I struggled with some pretty severe psoriasis outbreaks in the past (much of which was stress-related), and that affects the nails just like it does the skin (mine became very brittle whenever the psoriasis blew up, so in the past, I just opted to keep them extremely short).

Since I managed to get the psoriasis under control (coming out was the BIG part of that, in terms of the stress control), I started using biotin supplements as well, and my nails are growing very nicely, and looking pretty fierce now....in the best of ways. :)
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I know it's a bit of an old thread, but this is another thing I have been observing.

I struggled with some pretty severe psoriasis outbreaks in the past (much of which was stress-related), and that affects the nails just like it does the skin (mine became very brittle whenever the psoriasis blew up, so in the past, I just opted to keep them extremely short).

Since I managed to get the psoriasis under control (coming out was the BIG part of that, in terms of the stress control), I started using biotin supplements as well, and my nails are growing very nicely, and looking pretty fierce now....in the best of ways. :)


That is good news.  It is so nice to have pretty nails.

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