I’m one of the many people who suffer from thin, slow-growing nails. Many times I’ve had an issue or another arise and have sought the help of Sally Hansen. Sally Hansen products have helped cure my broken cuticles, clean up my messily-applied manicures and have now helped my nails grow super fast!
Most recently, I sought help for my suddenly fragile nails, which were breaking easier than normal and starting to peel. Oh, no! I went to my local Wal-Mart for Sally Hansen’s tried and true results. I browsed the wall and found the “Sally Hansen Green Tea & Bamboo Nail Strengthener” ($6.98). The packaging stated, “Bonds & Seals Weak Fragile Nail Layers to Resist Breaking”. Yep, I needed that! It also promised a high gloss finish and instantly stronger, more flexible nails…. “Guaranteed”. Sold! I grabbed it and headed to check-out. I came home and immediately read the instructions to begin healing my poor, distressed fingernails.
The instructions said to shake gently and apply one coat to clean, bare nails and let dry. If you want to paint your nails, you’re encouraged to apply a second coat over your nail color to seal and protect. So, you’re getting a base coat and a healing top coat all at the same time.
I applied as directed with a nail color on 10/22, making notes as I went along. The Sally Hansen Green Tea & Bamboo Nail Strengthener dries pretty fast as a base coat. It smells like a regular polish but possibly not quite as strong.
It has a very long wand with an average sized brush, and the formulation isn’t as thick as a nail color but rather more like an oil viscosity. It can be runny if you use too much.
I followed the first coat with my polish, Confetti brand from CVS in Show Stopper. I noticed how much shinier it was when applied with the Sally Hansen product versus being applied on bare nails and didn’t experience any streaking or clumping or notice any difference in drying time.
After the first coat of nail color had dried, I applied my second coat. Again, no problems with application, and drying time with the second coat of color was about the same. Still no streaking or clumping, and so I finished with a top coat of the Sally Hansen product.
I estimated these coats as drying in between five (5) and ten (10) minutes each. I would say the base coat was the coat that dried the fastest being under five (5) minutes. I definitely noticed a nice glossy look and feel to my nails when I was completed (I love it when a product delivers!). My first impression of this was definitely good, and I loved my new smooth nails!
I made a point to examine my nails on 10/23, one day later, as I sometimes can have chipping in that time with having a kid and a dog to chase after. I had a chip and some scratches on my left hand but chalked it up to my being left-handed and probably related to the dog in some way. I have definitely seen worse with other polishes and top/base coats!
I examined them again a few days later on 10/26 and noticed a little more chipping just starting to happen at the tips of the nails; otherwise, my nails were looking fabulous! I still had a very glossy finish!
Final check-in was on 10/28, almost a week after application. My nails were very chipped by then, and it was obviously time to remove the polish and see if the treatment had done it’s job!
I removed the polish on 10/29 and examined the areas where I had experienced peeling. They appeared to have been mended, and after some buffing I could barely tell that they had peeled at all! I definitely noticed a change in the strength of my nails and feel this product definitely works! I will most certainly continue to use Sally Hansen’s nail strengthener with and without nail color to keep my nails in tip-top shape.
In my opinion, this is a product worthy of repurchase and recommendation!