Hard as nails?

I have massive problem nails. Many moons ago when it was really cool (was it ever cool?) to have your nails ripped to shreds and covered in acrylic, I succumbed and spent three years at University sporting the chav look. To my detriment I must add. My nails have never fully recovered and are brittle, weak, flaky and generally don’t grow that long – especially in Winter. I’m always on the look out for something new and innovative to try in the hope that it will be the holy grail of nail products. I love the cute Mavala nail enamels, so when I was sent their Mava-Flex nail serum to try I had high hopes… unfortunately those hopes were dashed.

“This well-balanced concentrate by Mavala restores and maintains the flexibility of very dry, hard nails. The result is healthy, flexible, shiny and soft nails that do not break. Mavala Mava-Flex Serum For Nails is formulated with urea and saccharides to target the optimum moisture balance for a better, more flexible nail; calcium to fortify and strengthen; and lemon essential oil and vitamin B5 to help reinforce nail structure.” 

This is an unusual formula as it’s basically a really runny serum – almost water like – that you apply to bare nails and leave to soak in. They say to use this twice a week before bed so you can leave the ‘Flex’ to do its job while you sleep. I’ve been using this for maybe six weeks, approximately four times a week, as part of my usual manicure routine. Not every time was it left on overnight, but it was left for a few hours before painting commenced.

To be honest to start with I didn’t feel like it was doing anything, but I kept with it… eventually I started using another strengthener over the top because I didn’t feel like my nails were protected. No matter how much I tried it just didn’t seem to do what it promised – my nails were still brittle, broke easily, flaked and split – but I kept with it. After six weeks of trying I can honestly say my nails are in no better condition than when I started. They may be a bit more flexible, yes, but if they look awful then that doesn’t really do it for me. You can see from the picture that my nails are still pretty mank! I was really disappointed with this as the claims are so great, plus it’s not cheap at £14.50 for a teeny bottle. One on my ‘sad face’ list.

If you’ve got a solution for me then pleeeeeeease let me know.



  1. missy_ellie_uk
    January 4, 2011 / 9:50 pm

    The only nail strengther that has ever worked well for me is the original OPI Nail Envy. Which is annoying since it costs £18, but my nails are awful without it.

  2. Karen
    January 4, 2011 / 10:39 pm

    I'll be keeping an eye on this post for responses cos my nails look like yours! They've been flaking for months now and it's wrecking my head, I might look into the Nail Envy, even if it is £18LovelyGirlieBits

  3. Karen
    January 4, 2011 / 11:18 pm

    I've always bitten my nails so they are brittle, weak and split all the time. Only thing that works for me is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails with Nylon. My nails are much stronger and don't split as much. And it's cheap!!

  4. Lucy - Beauty and the Blogger
    January 4, 2011 / 11:45 pm

    I agree with Nail Envy! Solar Oil is good for nourishing nails and cuticles too.

  5. London Beauty Queen
    January 5, 2011 / 9:33 am

    Thanks for your tips ladies… LBQ is now on the scrounge for nail improvers! x

  6. Mets
    January 5, 2011 / 9:45 am

    CND Solar Oil is excellent for adding nourishment back into your nails & cuticles (tip: can also use on lips, elbows etc) & helps improve if not resolve split nails/brittleness (found this with a lot of my clients)… you should apply to the cuticles, sides of nails and then massage into the nails & cuticle/skin area.OPI Nail Envy too is a good strengthener so together this should work a treat! Let us know how you get on. x

  7. ShimmerDreamz (Cassie)
    January 5, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    I take multivitamin tablets, laid off nail varnishes for 4-6 weeks and applied Elf cuticle oil, since the ingrediants are simple and mainly consists of avocado oil, grape seed oil and almond oil.The cuticle pen is awesome since it's cheap, effective and so much easier to apply than my previous Boots original formula cuticle oil.Hope this helps and I would love to read more posts charting your progress with the nails – always good to learn another useful tip!

  8. Clare
    January 5, 2011 / 8:59 pm

    Best thing I ever got for nails was alittle white and green labeled product called 'Hard as Hoof' got it in a certain American supermarket it was brill…Just looked it up and it is still available and Ebay sell it (ships from the US

  9. Imo
    January 6, 2011 / 4:07 pm

    CND solar oil and opi nail envy have worked wonders for my nails. I used to wear acrylics in sixth form and my nails were destroyed =l. I purchased mini version of both on ebay to test the water and when they run out Ill definitey commit to the full size

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