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The 7 best nail polishes for brittle nails

Brittle and splintering fingernails are the enemy of every manicure. Varnishes specially tailored to the needs of brittle nails promise (instant) help and a strengthening of the nails in no time. Tikbow reveals which polishes really help.

Cracked, chapped nails don’t have to be – Tikbow presents nail polishes that make manicuring easier and ensure a great result.

What are the causes of brittle nails?

As is so often the case, there is not one cause why one person suffers from brüchigen Nägels and another not. More often than not, it is a combination of factors. Chemicals from cleaning agents, a lack of nutrients or simply the wrong or too much manicure can promote brüchige Nägel. Genetic factors also play a role.

In rare cases, however, diseases such as a nail fungus can be behind brüchigen nägels. If the latter is the case, a doctor should be consulted in order to treat the disease.

In all other cases, just turn a few screws, and soon you will forget about the nails.

What can you do against brüchige Nägel?

The best way to support nail growth and the stability of nägels is precaution, that is, to minimize factors that can lead to brüchigen nägels.

  • To protect nails and hands from chemicals from detergents and cleaning products and from too much drying water, always wear gloves when doing housework.
  • Ensure a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients. Particularly important for healthy nails are proteins, biotin, which is found in nuts and tomatoes, for example, and iron-rich foods such as spinach. All of these should be on the menu more often for solid gels.
  • Especially with soft nägels the nägel better with a (glass) file and scissors than the nail clippers in shape.
  • It is better to wear the nails a little shorter to minimize the risk of chafing.
  • It is better to avoid artificial nail gels and Shellac, as they can visually conceal the nails, but can cause additional damage to the natural nail.
  • Regularly treat hands and nails with a moisturizing hand cream, especially after frequent hand washing and disinfection, to prevent them from drying out. Plus point: This also keeps the hands soft to the touch.
  • Go for strengthening nail polishes specially made for brüchige nägels.

The best nail polishes against brüchige Nägels

Whether used as a cure or as an immediate remedy and base coat, these polishes strengthen brüchige nägels and make them resistant to äußs influences.

Microcell 2000 "Nail Repair"

The proven SOS formula of Microcell 2000 "Nail Repair"-nail polish is the salvation for split nails. After just over two weeks of regular use, the nails look firmer and more resistant. Damaged nails are strengthened by the restoration of proteins in the horny layer of the nail and protected from tearing.

Product type Nail hardener
Quantity in ml 12
Texture Varnish
Finish Transparent
Type of packaging Glass bottle
Feature Can be used alone or as a base coat

Advantages and disadvantages of Microcell 2000 "Nail Repair"-nail polish
Rating on Amazon: 4.4 of 5 stars
+ protects against scratching or splintering of nail tips
+ especially for brüchige and soft nägels.
+ Proteins in the horny layer are rebuilt and provide strength.
– for a good result, a regular and a longer period of application are mandatory.

Si-Nails nail polish pen from Isdin

The "Si-Nails Nail Pencil"by Isdin is a protective nail pencil specially designed to protect and improve the appearance of nails and cuticles. The restorative care stick combines protection, care and repair for nails and cuticles. For an optimal result after about 14 days, the clean, unpainted nail should always be coated with the pen’s water-liquid varnish in the evening.

Product type Nail hardener
Quantity in ml 2,5
Type of packaging Pen
Finish Transparent
Ingredient Keratin
Effect Protecting, strengthening

Advantages and disadvantages of the "Si-Nails nail h"rter"-pen from Isdin.
Rating on Amazon: 4.2 out of 5 stars
+ hardens the nails and improves their resistance
+ smoothes the nail surface and promotes nail growth.
+ practical applicator pen
Rather expensive in comparison

Miracle Nails Super Nail Polishes by Office Martinet

The "Miracle Nails Super Nagelh"rter" Office Martinett promises already after a cure of 14 days no more brüchigen and split fingersägel. The special hardening formula of diamond powder and selected hard polymers seals the nails under a protective and shiny layer. For best results, the nail hardener should be applied to the unpainted nail every day for 2 weeks. The cuticle should always be protected with a greasy layer of rich cream or oil. The cure should also not be applied immediately after the removal of artificial nails.

Product type Nail hardener
Quantity in ml 8
Texture Varnish
Type of packaging Bottle
Finish Glossy
Active ingredient Diamond powder

Advantages and disadvantages of "Miracle Nails Super Nail Hardener" Office Martinett
Rating on Amazon: 4.5 out of 5 stars
+ seals the gels unter einer schützenden Schicht
+ visible results after about 14 days
Suitable for daily use as a cure.
Product contains formaldehyde and is therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.

"Nail Envy Original" from OPI

An optimal nail polish for chapped nails is OPI’s Nail Envy Original nail polish with hydrolyzed, moisturizing wheat protein and calcium. The varnish helps to harder, longer and stronger natural nails. For an optimal result, the varnish should be applied every 2 days in 2 layers on the nail. After 7 days, remove all layers of polish and start again – until the brüchige nail is once completely out and thus regrown.

Product type Nail hardener
Quantity in ml 15
Texture Varnish
Finish Light nude tone
Type of packaging Glass vial
Active ingrediente Wheat protein, calcium

Advantages and disadvantages of the "Nail Envy Original"-Nagelhärter of OPI
Rating on Amazon: 4.2 out of 5 stars
+ application only every 2 days necessary
+ strengthens even extremely damaged nails.
+ animal-free
– long cure time, because the nail has to grow out completely

Diamond Strength Hardener by Sally Hansen

Der formaldehydfreie Diamond Strength Hardener by Sally Hansen verleiht den Nägeln durch seine Formulierung mit Mikrodiamantpartikeln sowie Titanium sofort mehr Kraft und Widerstandsfähigkeit. Er schützt die Nägel und verhindert so das Abbrechen, Abblättern oder Einreißen der Nägel. Der Nagelhärter kann allein als eine Art schützender Klarlack oder als Unterlack vor dem Varnish ieren mit einer Nagellackfarbe auf den Nagel aufgetragen werden.

Product type Nail hardener
Quantity in ml 13,3
Texture Varnish
Finish Transparent
Type of packaging Glass vial
Active ingrediente Microdiamond particles, titanium

Advantages and disadvantages of "Diamond Strength Hardener" by Sally Hansen
Rating on Amazon: 4.2 out of 5 stars
+ seals the gels
+ can be applied like conventional nail polish
+ also suitable as base coat
– no special build-up cure

Diamond Hardener Express Nail Hardener by Artdeco

Der Diamond Hardener Express Nail Hardener by Artdeco ist ein Nagelhärter-Speziallack. Angereichert mit Diamantenstaub, stärkt und festigt er die Nägel sowohl pur mit einem leichten Glanz-Finish auf dem fettfreien Nagel aufgetragen als auch als Unterlack unter einem weiteren Farblack. Der Varnish bildet aufgrund seiner Zusammensetzung eine Schutzschicht auf dem Nagel, die ein Einreißen verhindert. Durch das Aldehyd Hexanal werden die Nägel zusätzlich gestärkt.

Product type Nail hardener
Quantity in ml 10
Texture Varnish
Finish Transparent
Type of packaging Glass vial
Active ingrediente Diamond dust, hexanal

Advantages and disadvantages of the "Diamond Hardener Express nail hardener" from Artdeco
Rating on Amazon: 4.3 out of 5 stars
+ combination of active ingredients with diamond dust
+ immediate strengthening of the nail
+ without formaldehyde
+ no cure application for sustainable strengthening of the nail

Express Nail Hardener from Alessandro Spa

Der Express Nail Hardener from Alessandro Spa verwandelt Problemnägel innerhalb einer maximal 4-wöchigen Kur in feste Traumnägel. Der Nagelhärter verhilft weichen Nägeln zu mehr Festigkeit und macht sie widerstandsfähiger gegen äußere Einflüsse. Dafür einfach den Speziallack 2-mal pro Woche für rund 14 Tage (maximal 4 Wochen) auf den gereinigten und fettfreien sowie trockenen Nagel in 1 bis 2 Schichten auftragen. Anschließend kann für die Optik noch ein Farblack aufgetragen werden.

Product type Nail hardener
Quantity in ml 10
Texture Milky fluid
Finish Transparent
Type of packaging Glass vial
Active ingrediente iron and calcium complex

Advantages and disadvantages of the "Express Nail Hardener" by Alessandro Spa
Rating on Amazon: 4.4 of 5 stars
+ strengthens and stabilizes the natural nägel
+ also suitable as base coat
+ Application only 2 times a week
The recommended duration of the treatment is 2 to 4 weeks at the most, followed by a break.

Nail polish for brüchige Nägel – Conclusion

Before starting with the nail build-up by a nail technician, diseases of the nail such as nail fungus should first be ruled out, as these can also lead to bristly nails. If this is not the case, the nail can be strengthened directly. It should be noted, however, that the varnishes for bristly nails are not a magic potion that immediately transforms the nails into dream nails after just one application. But if you have a little patience and stay on the ball, and regularly apply the special care to your nails, depending on the type of polish and manufacturer, you will soon be able to look forward to initial progress in terms of nail care. Anyone who additionally protects their hands and nails as much as possible against chemicals from cleaning agents and the like and takes care to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals will also optimally support the nail-curing process from the inside.