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Thread #127103 Message #2831122
Posted By: Don Firth
05-Feb-10 - 07:39 PM
Thread Name: Strengthening your nails for pickin' - New method
Subject: RE: Strengthening your nails - New method
Way back in the mists of antiquity, I asked my classic guitar teacher about strengthening my nails. He recommended that I dab a bit of iodine on the matrix of each nail (root of the nail back by the cuticle), then put on a coat of clear nail polish. Every few days, remove the nail polish and reapply both the iodine and the clear nail polish.
Also clip the nails periodically and carefully shape them and polish the edges with something like a "Diamond Deb" nail file (Revlon also has one like it).
Sounded a bit cockamamie to me, but I tried it, and lo! after a few months, my nails started growing out a bit thicker!
I did it to only the right hand thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers, and left the rest alone—and these were the digits on which the nails got stronger. I kept it up for the better part of a year, and I can say that since then, my nails have been good and strong, and I've never had a problem with them (unless, of course, I really bash a nail on something or do something smart like try to use my thumbnail as a screwdriver).
Your mileage may vary, but it seemed to work pretty well for me.
P. S. A lot less screaming and swearing involved with this method than by hitting your nails with a hammer. . . .