Remember when I said I would probably be filing down the nails to start over? Well, when I start over, I do it completely. Right down to the nail bed. That's the only way that I feel gets rid of the damage at the old tips and begin to grow healthier new ones. The thumbs are the only ones to escape serious down taking, mainly because they grow more slowly and are harder to get back into shape once they are down to the bed.
From here, I'm hoping to grow less damaged tips with the help of Pure Nail Oil. The pics here are actually after a hand washing and before application of the oil. Ridges are still prominent but more than likely those will remain for the most part.
Ridges form from both age and lack of moisture. Hydrating from both inside (drinking lots of water) and outside (moisturizing nail treatments, avoidance of drying substances) might diminish them but this is nail structure, how the nails are formed in the matrix and that's not likely to change.
According to the 'experts', the nail plate is actually dead and there's nothing that can be done to repair it once it begins to show damage from dryness. The 'experts' also claim that nothing can penetrate the nail plate. Then in practically the same breath, we're told that water damages nails by penetrating and separating the layers. To the 'experts' I say, can't have it both ways, people.
To test that theory, I have applied a thin layer of the Pure Nail Oil then, without rubbing it in, watched it slowly sink in until there's nothing left of it.
In spite of all this, I believe the pictures prove that Pure Nail Oil does improve the appearance of nails damaged by the drying effects of water and other elements. Tempts me to continue the naked nails for another week just to see what happens. I'm dying to polish again so that probably won't happen. Besides, I've got a dotticure to do this week. On nubbins, unfortunately, but I've seen many examples on nails this short and will find one to be inspired by, I'm sure.
That's the update. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.