Welcome to the battle of harder nails. On the left we have Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails and to the right is Nail Life’s Nail Revitalizer. The rules are simple:
1) My nails get a minimum of one coat a day for 30 days.
2) Equal treatment; if it is time to remove and reapply on one hand I do it on both.
3) No interference. So, no other polishes. So, no pretty colors for awhile .
If you want to skip the day by day you can just jump to the summary and winner here.
Day 1: My nails are in worse shape than usual. I got shellac done at the salon. The gal apparently filed my nails paper thin. Nail Revitalizer has been my go to nail hardener. But at about $8 a bottle I wondered if there could be something that works well but is cheaper. Hard as Nails got picked because it was only $3 and easy to find almost everywhere. Because my nails are so thin I painted 4 coats on the first day. I wanted to make them a little thicker so they wouldn’t break.
Day 4: I have been coating my nails everyday with an additional coat. The polish is already flaking. Or, is the right word peeling? Anybody remember Tinkerbell nail polish that peeled up to remove? Yeah, it is like that. I think I need to remove and reapply. The Nail Revitalizer usually lasts a week or more before needing to be redone. Either my nails were in that bad of shape (my money is on that) or it was because of the extra layers on day 1. My nails themselves are flaking pretty badly.
Day 7: I was really hoping the flaking would have gotten better by now. I know you are supposed to judge your nails by the new growth. But I was hoping something would have helped by now.
Day 10: Remove and reapply. Peeling polish on both hands again.
Day 15: I am still having to file my nails really short in order to minimize flaking. Remove and reapply.
Day 19: So I have to admit itthe polish on my nails starts to be a bit annoying when it peels. This last time it started to and I used my teeth to peel it all away. Reapply.
Day 23: Really no change? Also, the Nail Revitalizer is starting to thicken in the bottle and the cap is getting harder to remove
Day 28: Finally my nails are a little thicker. I chock it up to natural growth. I can’t say either nail polish has done any good.
Day 30: Since, I know Nail Revitalizer does do work for my nails I think I better extend this trial. Because it is apparently not long enough to make a difference… Yet.
Day 33: I am bored of the natural nail look. I am ready for a little color in my life.
Day 37: My right hand (Nail Revitalizer) officially, and finally, is flake free. Lefty with the Hard as Nails is definitely doing better than it was. But the edges of 4 nails still have damage from flaking.
Day 39: Sometimes I am a little dingy. I thought Sally Hansen was a lot cheaper. But it comes in a much smaller bottle. The math… Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (at Walgreens) $2.99 for .45oz. So the price is $6.64 per ounce. While Nail Life’s Nail Revitalizer (at Sally Beauty Supply) $7.99 for 1.19oz. So the price is $6.71 per ounce. So the difference is Nail Revitalizer cost 7 cents more per ounce and so far it is the only one that has worked.
Day 40: Hard as Nails polish peeling and taking the nail with it. Come on Sally, hard as nails my foot… Well, my finger.
Day 45: We have a winner! Read on for the summary and who won. Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (at Walgreens): All 5 nails have pieces of nail missing. My nails are thinner than the other hand. At $6.64 per ounce it is 7 cents per ounce cheaper than Nail Revitalizer. But I would not buy Hard as Nails again. It is no better than a 97 cent clear top coat.
Nail Life’s Nail Revitalizer (at Sally Beauty Supply): I do have one chipped nail on that hand. I am however right handed so that hand should be more likely to break but it has less damage. My nails are definitely thicker on that side. They even seem to grow faster. But that may just be because they aren’t flaking as badly. Either way, it has been my go to in the past and it looks like it is staying that way. It is $6.71 per ounce and worth it.
So the winner is Nail Life’s Revitalizer. And finally I get to paint my nails a color!!!