How FlexiNail Works
Below is more detailed information than most people actually want - so reading our "Frequently Asked Questions" page HERE is usually more useful.
If you are still reading... the composition of the nail is VERY different from both your hair and skin. Without getting too technical, nail is made of alpha-keratin but unlike skin it has packed and COMPRESSED cells with multiple layers and a tough protective coating.
Many oils you apply to the hair or skin will easily absorb into hair or skin but not into the nail. Please don't purchase a nail product that isn't designed to penetrate the nail plate or you are just wasting your money.
FlexiNail is a combination of ingredients precisely formulated to penetrate into the nail plate without making the nail weak (like it is when exposed to just water - think about how weak your nails are after a long bath). The combination of lipid rich oils along with the penetrating ability are what makes FlexiNail work.
What's Bad for Your Natural Nails
- harsh nail products (acetone nail polish remover)
- gluing on fake nails or gel nails
- harsh drying climates (hot or cold)
- other chemicals (alcohol hand sanitizer etc)
- cutting cuticles (they act as a seal - skin to nail plate)
- poor nail care (pulling hang nails, biting nails)
- excessive exposure to water
If the nail's natural protective barrier is weakened from environmental exposure like some of the items above then the nail is prone to drying out. This allows the nail to be become brittle and then split or break. Repeated cycles of the nail drying out and then being hydrated can lead to the nail layers separating which can lead to painful and ugly nail peeling.
FlexiNail augments the nail's natural protection by ensuring the correct moisture and oil balance in the nail plate to offset the drying effect of chemicals and the environment. Over time the protection in the nail plate builds up to a level that helps prevents the nail from drying out.
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 oil and accounts for about 18% of its weight in a healthy nail. Water helps keep the nail flexible and resilient.
Water Content - The Bad:
However, excessive exposure to water, such as through prolonged soaking or frequent hand washing, 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.
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. The nail plate is very difficult for anything except water to penetrate easily so not all oils work equally.
Consider a second thin application of FlexiNail daily if the environment you are in is rough on your nails (some examples below)...
- health care or education (frequent alcohol sanitizer use)
- flight attendant (frequently in very drying environment)
- frequent application and removal of nail polish
- gardening or dishes without gloves etc
What's Different About FlexiNail?
For a nail conditioner to show long term results, it needs to penetrate the nail's protective coating. Most conditioning oils don't penetrate - they just sit on top of the nail. Many products also advertise "vitamins" - but in many cases this "vitamin" or antioxidant is one of the ingredients used to simply stop the oil in the product from going rancid. It also sounds fancy like you are giving your nails some magic vitamin they need. For a conditioner to be effective though - it has to help and augment the nail's own protection system.
Again, the nail is made of packed layers of cells (alpha keratin) and very different in composition from the skin. So what will penetrate easily into the skin or hair will not necessarily help the nail. So applying creams or oils that aren't designed to penetrate the compacted nail plate will not be effective. FlexiNail has a unique and precise formulation designed to do what most other nail products just can't do. This is why our customers rave about FlexiNail.
AVOID products that claim fast results.
You also need to BE PATIENT. Fingernails can take 5-6 MONTHS to grow out. You are not going to apply something to damaged nails and within a few days instantly change them back into great nails. Once they are dried out and brittle or peeling - you need to grow out some of the most damaged nail. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to even longer depending on the level of damage.
BE VERY wary of wasting money on products that offer fast results. These products usually contains chemicals that may chemically alter or "harden" the nails but really aren't good for you or your nails in the long term (FlexiNail contains NO formaldehyde, NO toluene and NO acetone).
Get into a daily 25 second routine of applying FlexiNail. To get effective use of FlexiNail plan on using about half of one vial every month (about 1/4 or 1/5 of the larger glass bottle). This is a rough guide but this allows for daily applications and enough usage to be effective. After about 100 days of usage a large chunk of the most damaged nail will have grown out. Things WILL still continue to improve after 100 days - but most people see a huge improvement by this 100 day mark. (Those taking strong medicines or with thyroid conditions for example may need longer than the 100 days in some cases).
Although we explain the need to remain patient - people still want and demand immediate results. Almost daily we get emails from people that have been applying it for several weeks and think it isn't working. Please be patient, for FlexiNail to be effective - you NEED TO apply consistently - as over time a tiny bit penetrates with each application. Unfortunately, covid set many of us on a path of washing our hands and using hand sanitizer a lot more than we used to. While more hygienic it is also tough on your nails so consider a second daily application of FlexiNail is you are in this situation.
Here is an example we use to try to explain that quick results are NOT possible with ANY nail product.
Think of you nail as a piece of FRESH BREAD. Now leave this bread out in the sunshine for a day and you have a dried out piece of bread. NOTHING you add to this dried out piece of bread will turn it back into a fresh piece of bread. Sure, you can hydrate it, but you get some soggy bread - but not back to a fresh piece of bread. If your nail is already cracked or is peeling (like dried out bread) - you need to grow out some or even much of this damaged nail while protecting the new nail growth coming in behind. This can take a couple of months. Be patient though and you will break the cycle of damaged nails and you will have the great healthy looking nails you have always wanted.
Have you noticed that simple nail care information isn't really very helpful or forthcoming? It's because nail care is a HUGE industry (think fake nails, gels, powders, nail hardeners, etc). The simple truth is that if you consistently condition your nails with a product that actually penetrates the nail plate and helps maintain the correct moisture level in the nail - then the rest of the products on the market aren't really needed.
FlexiNail isn't out to change the entire nail care industry, but our loyal customers do understand and appreciate how simple it is to IMPROVE and MAINTAIN their nails. FlexiNail has loyal, almost fanatic customers because it works! Just to demonstrate that we're NOT like all the rest - we even offer a 100 day money back guarantee - BUT only AFTER 100 days of usage.
If you spend a couple of minutes reading through the following topics you will be better able to decide if FlexiNail is right for you. We will try to keep answers short.
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