Below we will answer the following questions.
- MUST READ: Understanding nail care and industry motivations
- How do I apply FlexiNail?
- Do I have to "remove" FlexiNail before reapplying?
- I am brand new to FlexiNail. What do you recommend?
- Can I use polish / clear coat with FlexiNail?
- Does FlexiNail help with ridges?
- How long does an order of FlexiNail last?
- Is FlexiNail sold as an auto purchase program?
- Where is FlexiNail made / shipped from?
- Where can I find the best FlexiNail specials?
- FlexiNail Ingredients?
- How long should I use FlexiNail?
- Better Business Bureau Accreditation
Understanding Natural Nail Care and the Nail Care Industry
What the nail industry won't tell you is that most nail damage is NOT hereditary and NOT due to a poor diet or aging. MOST NAIL ISSUES ARE ENVIRONMENTAL in nature.
Why is this important? Why isn't this explained to you? Billions of dollars are spent selling products that have no hope of working or may even cause more damage. Every nail salon in the world will also try to convince you that there is no option or hope for your nails except to cover them up (which, by the way also requires about twice monthly expensive visits). They may even suggest you use a certain product to try to fix your problems, but when that fails they then have "proof" that their artificial nail system is your only hope.
Understanding the Basics of the Natural Nail
Nail is created as new nail cells push older nail plate cells forward; and in this way older cells become compressed, flat, and translucent. Nails are not living cells and applying vitamins or essential oils is really a waste of time and money. One of the most crucial and simplest aspects of nail care is maintaining the correct moisture balance in your nails.
Moisture is essential for maintaining the health and integrity of the nail plate, as it prevents brittleness, cracking, and peeling. However, too much or too little moisture can also cause damage to the nail. It is not just moisture though - it is finding the right balance between water and oils within that moisture content.
Water Content - The Good:
Your nails, like the rest of your body, require hydration. Water is a main component of the nail plate, along with a combination of oils it accounts for about 18% of its weight in a healthy nail. Water helps keep the nail flexible and resilient.
Water Content - The Bad:
Excessive exposure to water, such as through prolonged soaking or frequent hand washing, or even doing dishes can weaken the nail. It causes swelling and shrinking of the nail plate, which can weaken its structure and make it more prone to breakage. If it causes layers of the nail to actually separate it can lead to long term peeling problems.
OIL Content - The Good:
Oil is a natural substance that is produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin and the nail fold. Oil helps lubricate and protect the nail plate from water loss and environmental factors. Oil also helps fill up the spaces in the nail plate and prevent water from entering and causing damage in these areas.
OIL Content - The Bad:
Too much oil can make the nail greasy and dull, while too little oil can make the nail dehydrated and fragile. Natural oils in the nail can also be easily removed through the chemicals in our daily lives (soap, sanitizer etc.) so supplementing these oils is often required.
Why Haven't Other Nails Products Worked?
The nail plate is extremely difficult for anything (except water) to penetrate easily. Proof of this is how your nails respond after a long bath or how hard it is for a topical fungus product to actually penetrate the nail and work. Ingredient composition and complicated chemistry and biology allow a small amount of FlexiNail to penetrate the nail plate with each application. On its own, a single application does very little. Over time, with repeated daily applications the level in the nail increases. This level is unfortunately is also lessened every time we wash our hands, do dishes or use hand sanitizer or polish remover. The process takes initial time to establish the correct moisture and oil balance in the nail. After a couple of weeks your nails may even seem worse off as they react and adjust to the applications. A couple of weeks further and this adjustment passes. Once a balanced oil an moisture level is achieved, then the nail condition is easily maintained.
Other Issues than Regulating Water and Oil Content in the Nail
There are of course other causes of weak or brittle nails such as medical issues, nutrient deficiencies, excessive use of harsh nail products like acetone, frequent manicures or even aggressive nail filing. In most cases though, beautiful natural nails can be achieved by lessening the exposure use to harsh nail products and instead applying a conditioning product designed to penetrate the nail. This helps the nail achieve the correct oil and moisture content that promotes nail strength and resilience.
FlexiNail's range of natural nail care products is impressive, but its primary conditioner is truly unique. Unlike chemical nail hardeners containing formaldehyde and toluene or other harsh alcohols or chemicals, FlexiNail breaks the cycle of long term nail damage. It is incredibly easy to initially use and then maintain strong, great looking NATURAL nails.
FlexiNail does NOT involve applying fake nails or a polish. It takes about 25 seconds to apply. You brush on a really quick application. You don’t need to be careful applying it and if you get some on the cuticle it is NOT a problem. After you apply it please let it sit on your nails for several minutes or longer. If you are applying it before reading or watching TV – then let it sit on your nail for a full half hour. When you want the excess oil off your nails, don't rub it in as it will just absorb into the cuticles, instead take a tissue and dab off the excess.
Do I have to "remove" FlexiNail before reapplying?
FlexiNail will not harden or dry on the nail. Some will penetrate your nail with each application but when you want them completely dry, simply dab away any excess with a tissue. There is no need to TRY to wash off FlexiNail or remove anything. At some point you will obviously wash your hands or shower etc - but don't purposely wash it off.
At a minimum you will want the FlexiNail fingernail conditioner with the FlexiNail cuticle conditioner. We have a detailed page that will help you if you are new to FlexiNail. It discusses nail care, basic FlexiNail products and the potential use and benefits of using a biotin / collagen dietary supplement. This page can be found by clicking HERE.
Can I use polish / clear coat with FlexiNail?
When STARTING out with FlexiNail we really hope that you will use nothing else at all on your nails for the first couple of months. This will help break the cycle of your damaged nails and get them in good shape much faster. AFTER your nails are in great shape and you want to show them off – then by all means use polish.
When reintroducing polish, make changes to your nail routine slowly at first and see how your nails respond. It is also important to NOT make frequent nail polish changes. When you take the polish off please try and go several days or a week before reapplying any polish. During these break days make sure to apply FlexiNail once or twice a day.
Remember that acetone is awful for your nails. Yes, it takes the polish off but it also strips all the protective coating out of your nails as well. Even if you are using our less harsh soy based nail polish remover it is still important to make less frequent nail polish changes.
When you are ready to use polish again, there is much more information HERE - as well as information about our MicroPore line of porous nail polish and our SOY based (non-acetone) nail polish remover.
Does FlexiNail help with ridges?
Nail ridges have an important distinction… if they run in the same direction that your nails grows (from the half moon area to the end of the nail) then these are normal ridges that almost everyone has and FlexiNail will help in a secondary way. These ridges can get much more noticeable as we age or if our nails are in a dried out state. FlexiNail will help your nail get back to a better “moisture” level and therefore these ridges become much less noticeable and less likely to crack at these points as well. IF your ridges run across your nail (from baby finger to thumb) then you should consider having a health professional look at these as they could be an indication of certain health conditions.
How long does an order of FlexiNail last?
Two vials of FlexiNail will easily last you three to five months.
Is FlexiNail sold as an auto purchase program?
NO, with the exception of the FlexiNail VIP program, there is not an auto ship program. If you want to make an additional purchase you will have to come back to the website.
The FlexiNail VIP program (and ONLY this VIP program) is an autoship program. We created this VIP program for three reasons:
- to save you money
- to be able to spoil you with free products
- to create a low cost monthly payment option for those on a fixed income
For details on the VIP program please click HERE.
Where is FlexiNail made / shipped from?
All products with the FlexiNail name are made in the USA or Canada. In almost all cases FlexiNail is shipped the same or next business day. We primarily use tracked USPS and offer FREE shipping on orders over $30. You will be emailed tracking information. Most orders arrive to your door within 2 to 4 business days.
(IF you are in Canada, please visit the Canadian website HERE. )
Where can I find the best FlexiNail specials?
If you are brand new to FlexiNail you should CLICK HERE.
For returning customers you can visit our specials page HERE.
FlexiNail Fingernail Conditioner INGREDIENTS: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba), Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) and/or Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) / Glycine Soja (soy) / Canola, Squalane (vegetable derived - not from shark), Vitis Vinifera (grape seed), Limnanthes Alba (meadowfoam), Phytantriol, Oenothera Biennis (primrose), Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Isoeicosane, Phytol, Tocopherol and Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea), Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary), Liquid Germal Plus, Myrtus Communis (myrtle oil), Fragrance Oil, Bosweillia Carterii (frankincense)
FlexiNail for Toes (Fungus) INGREDIENTS: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba), Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) and/or Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) / Glycine Soja (soy) / Canola, Squalane (vegetable derived - not from shark), Melia Azadirachta (neem), Limnanthes Alba (meadowfoam), Lecithin, Phytantriol, Myrtus Communis (myrtle oil), Phytol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary), Isohexadecane, Isoeicosane, Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree), Tagetes Minuta (tagetes), Tocopherol and Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Liquid Germal Plus, Fragrance Oil, Bosweillia Carterii (frankincense)
Cuticle Complex Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba), Squalane (vegetable derived - not from shark), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea), Limnanthes Alba (safflower), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E acetate), Isohexadecane, Isoeicosane, Phytantriol, Lecithin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary), Tocopherol (Vit E natural), Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree), Liquid Germal Plus, Fragrance Oil
How long should I use FlexiNail?
Nail problems are usually the result of one of three issues:
- A one time event like fake nail removal or
- Environmental issues (nail polish, polish remover, hand sanitizer, weather, humidity, exposure to water etc) or
- A dietary deficiency or medical condition
If your nails are in rough shape because of a one time event like removing fake nails – you may just need to break the cycle of nail damage once and you are done. You may need to think back to before you applied the artificial nail system in the first place though to try to remember if you nails were ever in great shape to begin with (what caused you to try artificial nails?).
For many other people with ongoing brittle, cracking, weak or peeling nails it is likely the result of environmental factors such as: frequent use of nail polish and acetone polish remover; a cold dry or hot dry environment; frequent use of hand sanitizer; excessive exposure to water (long baths, dishes, hand washing, swimming) or just other events that are hard on your nails. If issues like this have caused your nail problems then FlexiNail will help break that cycle and get your nails back in shape. BUT unless you also change the things that caused the nail problems, your nails will most likely become damaged again. Many of our customers after breaking the initial cycle and getting their nails in shape make a 25 second a day application of FlexiNail a part of their daily routine.
Better Business Bureau Accreditation
There are some other pages on the website with more detailed answers or if you have a different question that isn't answered then please email us at: info@FlexiNail.com