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I am a sucker for fancy packaging and even more so for something that offers to help me grow long, strong and perfect nails!
I bought the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength from Boots over a year ago when I was struggling with the condition of my nails plus some problems with one nail peeling.
This product goes on clear and you can use it as a base coat or top coat so I tend to use it as a top coat over colour so that my nails are not boring!
Does it strengthen the nail? Yes, but with repeated use (weeks of continued use) of any nail strengthening products the nails can become rock hard but dried out so a daily oil on the cuticles can help out with this problem so they are not so strong and dry that they will shatter.
I have found this to be consistently good, even when over half the product is gone from the bottle it doesn't dry out or thicken. I wouldn't rely soley on this to get good nails but it is worth using with nail oil and hand cream if you want a consistently good finish.
The price for this is around five pounds and it does last a long time so I think it is worth the price tag. It is worth looking out for the Sally Hansen brand in discount stores as they are often to be found cheaper there.
Overall this has been a great product to use and helped me to grow stronger and longer nails.
I love painting my nails, I find it therapeutic and a quick way to change a bit of my style (it's cheaper than changing my hair colour every other day!). I also love using Sally Hanson products. But when I got married I had false nails as a one off and when they were removed my real nails were so damaged and weak I needed help.
I bought Sally Hanson's Diamond Strength for £4.99 but have since seen it for £4.20. Generally I doubt it'll cost less than £4 in the high street shops.
How to apply
You apply a single coat to your bare nails (but I tend to apply two for extra strength). For best results it's suggested that you follow a 7-day plan as follows:
Day 1 - apply a coat to bare nails (add coloured varnish on top if required)
Day 3 - apply another coat on top of first coat (even over the coloured varnish if you used it on day 1)
Day 6 - remove all coats (use a gentle remover, typically acetone-free) and leave nails bare
Day 7 - repeat treatment
How does it work?
Nails are protected by the diamonds particles and titanium formula to strengthen nails allowing the nails to grow without the risk of breaking and the weak layers to bond.
Does it work?
To start with didn't know about the 7-day plan so I just applied two initial coats one evening, and the next evening I removed it and applied two more. I did this for the next few nights and found my nails were considerably stronger and looked healthier. They also looked quite shiny when used on its own (I didn't add a colour coat as my nails were so short I thought it wouldn't look good). It dried nice and quick too and it was quite a thick treatment but wasn't an awful gloopy mess. My nails don't split now like they did and they can grow now without layers flaking off and peeling.
I use Diamond Strength every time I give myself a manicure (approx. once a week) as I believe it really helps my nails stay strong now they've recovered from the consequence of false nails.
From years of biting my nails I've found that when they start to get quite long, they split and chip and generally don't fare very well. In order to be able to keep my nails longer, I needed to invest in something which would help to strengthen my nails.
I already owned the Sally Hansen nail whitener which was a relatively good product, so I thought I'd give the diamond strength one a go. At around £5, I thought this was a good price for something which would enable me to grow my nails a bit longer but still keep them nice.
The bottle comes with a good brush which enables you to give the nails a nice even coat without it being too thick in places. It also isn't overly runny or too thick. Some other nail products I have used in the past have been too runny and half of it ends up going on the surrounding skin rather than on my nails. It's not too thick so it doesn't look gloopy or uneven when it's dried. It took around 5 minutes to be touch-dry but it stays a bit tacky for about 15 minutes afterwards, so just be a bit careful with it. It's really easily removed with standard nail-polish remover pads or liquid. It does smell a bit pungent compared to normal nail polish, but it's not the most offensive product I've smelled, and it certainly isn't as bad as some nail-polish removers out there!
I noticed a definite change in my nails from using this product. After a couple of days my nails felt a lot stronger and after a couple of weeks they felt a lot less brittle as they got longer. My nails also stopped splitting after a few weeks of using the polish. I don't know what the science is behind this product, I just know that it does actually work!
I have been a habitual nail biter since I was a child but as I reached my late teens I decided I wanted to stop and try to grow my nails so that I could paint them pretty colours like my friends. Unfortunately, the boredom experienced in school/college/university classes prevented me from doing this as I had a tendancy to nibble when I got bored and just couldn't stop myself. However, now I am in a full time job I have miraculously stopped biting them without even trying. The problem I have now is that, I'm assuming due to the years of abuse my nails have endured and that I wash my hands a lot, my nails are weak and brittle. They will appear to be growing really well and then suddenly then will start peeling or chipping or breaking. So...I saw an advert in a magazine for Sally Hansen Diamond Strength nail polish and decided that this looked like the answer to my problem.
A bit about Sally Hansen products:
Sally Hansen claims to be the number 1 nail care expert who has developed nail polishes to help with pretty much any nail problem and also branches off into hand care, sefl tanning and lip care. On the Sally Hansen website you can join 'Sally Club' and have access to an online nail clinic where they will supposedly identify the problem and find the solution. There is currently a wide variety of Sally Hansen nail products available in places such as Boots and Superdrug that claim to provide maximum growth or strength, there are also hand creams and cuticle oils that you can purchase to compliment to nail polish, however, I only purchased the Diamond strength nail polish as I felt that the products were quite pricey.
Diamond Strength Instant Nail Hardener:
This particular nail polish comes in a silver bottle in some card packaging that provides instructions on how to use the product effectivley. On the Sally Hansen website it states that this nail polish "virtually ends splitting, peeling and cracking" of your nails and is perfect for you if you have "soft, fragile nails that break, crack or peel and nails that won't grow without breaking". It also states this on the products packaging and claims that as a result of using the product you will get "Harder, Stronger, Healthy-looking nails in 5-7 days". This is all possible thanks to the titanium and micro diamond formula that bond with your nail to strengthen and seal fragile nail layers, therefore providing a protective shield while also locking in moisture to prevent your nails from becoming dry and consequently helping them to grow - apparently.
How to use it
Shake gently the bottle gently and apply one coat to clean, dry, bare nails. Let dry.
For extra protection apply a second coat.
To use it as a 7 day treatment:
Day 1: Apply 1-2 thin coats to dry, clean, bare nails - you can put a coloured nail polish on top of this if you want to.
Apply another thin coat over the existing nail polish.
Day 6: Remove all nail polish from nails (using Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover - as this will dry out your nails the least) and leave bare for 24 hours.
Day 7:You may begin the treatment again.
Did it work???
The short answer is....no!
I found that my nails did seem slightly stronger a few days in but as soon as I removed the nail polish they started to break, chip and peel again, which would be ok if I could wear the nail polish all the time but I am not allowed to wear nail polish to work. I tried the 7 day treatment during some time off so that I could wear it all the time. I also found that, before reaching day three, where you apply another coat of polish, some of the nail polish would start to peel off. I have warn it a few times now and have to say that this hasn't happened every time, but it has on occasion.
I have to say though that it does give your nails a lovely shine and I still use it as a base and top coat for this reason.
I paid £8.65 from Boots for mine and i can honestly say that this is th most expensive nail polish that I have ever bought, so I was quite disappointed that it didn't do what it says on the tin. Prices vary slightly and I think you can get it slightly cheaper online.
Would I recommend it?
I don't think I would recommend it to someone in the same line of work as me whenre you are not allowed to wear nail polish, but maybe if you could wear it every day and were in a position where you were able to repeat the 7 day treatment it would be more effective. As a nail polish in general I probably would recommend it if it was cheaper, as like I said it gives your nails a really lovely shine.
Multi-Performance Nail complex
Most people of heard of the name Sally Hansen, it can often be overheard by groups of nail nibblers conversing about how nomatter what they do they cannot do anything to prevent nails from splitting, chipping, tearing or breaking and not even Sally Hansen can help - especially not at those prices!
Well listen up as I have some advice that even Sally Hansen would give you for free to give you a little nudge in the right direction...stop biting those nails! Second piece of advice is from me, a former nail nibbler, instead of biting those nails, bite the bullet and invest in some "Sally Hansen diamond Strength Nail Hardener". For those worrying/complaining about nails being fragile, brittle, chipping or splitting worry no more
How it works:
Believe it or not this particular Sally Hansen product has a quite unique selling point?? What is a girls bestfriend??? thats right this formula contains small particles of real diamonds. This fact combined with its the components that make it 'ultra hardening' means that as a result when applied it bonds to the nail almost instantaneously. As it bonds and drys to the nail so quickly it stops any moisture escaping locking in the nutrients required to nourish the nail ensuring longevity in growth. Once applied it leaves you nails with a shatterproof glossy sheen that lasts for days.
The only irritant with this product is the price which is the same for most Sally Hansen products. However these days a long standing positive reputation stands for a lot. I wouldn't like to speculate on an exact price as it can vary depending on where you shop. If you shop around you will see prices range from approx £5.00-£8.50.
This product does last a long time although some may be frustrating that at this price you should only need one coat but it does require 1-2 coats, but this is clearly stated on the packaging so the consumer is not mislead in any way.
I noticed the difference in strength and growth pretty much straight away as my nails were in such poor condition that they were never able to grow before. As a success story of this product I feel by reviewing this product will help a little to all those trying to break out of bad habits and don't no where to start. For those people who find this product doesn't suit them I would imagine that this is down to preference as opposed to the product being ineffective. An excellent product in my opinion, overall quality is of a high standard and has long lasting effects.
Sally Hanson Diamond Strengeth Instant Nail Hardener
The nail hardener comes in a silver/grey 13ml bottle, with a shiny silver screw on/off lid.
The Product -
Is a clear liquid, it can be quite watery so you will need to shake it well before using.
For years I was a nail biter and about 6 months ago I decided to stop. My nails were really weak and brittle, I had tried so many nail hardeners but nothing seemed to work.
I can across Sally Hanson Diamond Strength in Boots costing £6.49, it was alittle more expensive than I would normally pay but thought it must be good at that price.
After a couple of uses my nails became really stong, even after having my hands in water for quite a long time they weren't as weak as they used to be. Also I have noticed that if I apply the nail hardener on a night, when I wake up in the morning I can see the difference the nail hardener has made. My nails look so healthy, it doesn't just strengthen your nails it also helps them grow.
So if you have weak, brittle nails, or like me was once a biter I would 100% recommend using this nail hardener.
Before I was pregnant I had really lovely nails. They would grow really quickly and were strong and healthy looking. Pregnancy made them very weak and dry and they would split and break very easily, but I had high hopes that following the birth, they would eventually return to normal.
Nearly 2 years on there has been some progress but they are still nowhere near as good as they were and most of the time I end up with nails which are different lengths due to breakages!
I decided that I would buy this nail hardner in order to protect my nails and hopefully stop them from splitting at the sides. The hardner is in a nail varnish type bottle and you paint on two coats in the same way as you would nail varnish. It is transparent and does make your nails lovely and shiny and quite healthy looking.
However, I did find that it flaked off quite easily. Probably this is due to the fact that my hands are forever in and out of water, washing up and cleaning up after my daughter, but I did expect more from the product. Before I realised, the hardner had flaked off from the edges of my nails and the nails had began to split again.
I have no doubt that this would work well on someone who was able to take care of their hands and nails better, but if that was the case for me, I probably wouldn't be buying a nail hardener!
i bought this 6 months ago.i have never been able to grow my nails very long but you can with this.i use it as a base coat and also top coat .my nails are really long and strong now.i would defo recommend to anyone who cant grow theyre nails very well.
I purchased the Sally Hansen diamond strength nail harder from my local drugstore for about $3.99 US, because the price was right and the promise was tempting. This particular product only came in a clear formulation, however there were other Sally Hansen polishes in the diamond strength variety that came in different shades. Other products in the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength category include no chip nail colour, cuticle and nail refiner, cuticle and nail oil, and instant nail hardener. This particular brand of product can be found in most cosmetic aisled at the drugstore/ supermarket and in select department stores.
I tended to have fairly weak thin nails that would bend and split frequently, having been a religious nail biter for most of my young life. I needed to wear nail care products that had strengthening and hardening effects, to keep my nails from bending and peeling so frequently. I also really like my nails when they are quite long, which also poses to be more of a cause for breakage.
I went home and removed every trace of old polish from my nails, and proceeded to give myself a manicure. This was a ritual I did whenever I bought new nail polish and wanted my nails to look fresh and professional. I pushed back the cuticles, buffed the surface of my nails, filed them to perfection, and proceeded to apply the polish. I used one coat of the diamond strength hardener as a base coat, followed by a coat of my favourite shade for that season, and another coat of the hardener as a top coat.
I went to relax for a bit while allowing my nails sufficient time to dry, before applying my favourite hand cream (Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream). The product did dry fairly quickly and dried to a high gloss shine which was gorgeous. Once my pampering session was over I immediately noticed a difference in my nails, they felt harder and much stronger. I went to work that night, and I work in retail so I tend to break nails constantly while tidying up the store. However, my nails were much more resistant to peeling and breaking than ever before.
I reapplied a coat of the hardener every 4 days, to keep the polish lasting longer and to promote lasting effects of the hardener. The main downside is that the product can tend to get thick and goopy after awhile and needs to be thinned out, otherwise can make for a disaster on the nails. I would have rated this product 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that I fell in love with another product shortly after that was even better, but did cost more. If you want to check it out, it's called China Glaze Calcium Strength Nail Hardening Gel, and I purchased it online. Other than that, this product is fantastic for stronger nails and gorgeous shine, and the price is great!
My nails were never a pretty sight, if i grew them any more than a few millimetres long they would start to split and i'd have to bring out the nail clippers!
I didn't think i would find anything to make them stronger, then a freind suggested this nail hardener.
It is a bit pricey at around £7.95 a bottle, but i was willing to give it a go!
It is used just like a nail varnish, it's not at all thick and claggy like some nail varnishes can be.
It can be used as either a base or top coat, but i find it works better for me if i use it on it's own!
I find on my nails it does start to chip slightly after a few days so it's off with the old and on with a new coat, but as it goes on quite thinly, i don't use very much at all, so a 13ml bottle should last, and it really has got rid of my embarassing nail problem.
This breakthrough ultra hardening formula instantly bonds to nails to provide a shatterproof protective coating / Strengthens nails by bonding the weaker layers of the nail plate together and encourages healthy growth in 5-7 days / Helps mend split and peeling nails / Can be used as a base or top coat too!