The Lauren B Nail growth Serum came in my June Petit Vour box and I have to say I was very eager to try it out. My nails have taken a beating this year. I fought an ongoing battle in the garden with both bunnies and bindweed this year. While the bunnies could be scared off with a squirt from the hose and threats regarding my grandmother’s mustard based marinade, the bind weed was immune to insults.
And empty culinary threats.
I’m pretty sure the rabbits even know that non-lethal hose is my only weapon.
But at least they still run.
The bindweed just sort of digs in deeper and holds on tight. Even with gloves on, my nails needed some help. So again, I was happy to give the Nail Growth Serum from Lauren B a try. But what is it? Well according to the website…
Salvation for fragile, brittle nails that refuse to grow. This sheer blend of amino acids, antioxidants, Vitamins E and C, peptides and biotin sinks in instantly to boost natural nail growth and strength. Brush it directly onto your nails before applying polish, or on bare nails once or twice a day.
Directions: Use thin applicator brush to apply directly onto the base of nails where your nail and cuticle meet (the half moon portion) allow formula to sink in for 5 min before rinsing off, applying polish, cremes etc. Best to use on clean bare nails, or over polish that is completely dried. Use once or twice a day. Pro tip: keep this product on your bed side table and apply each night before bed so you do not forget. This will also allow the formula to sink into your matrix of nail and to work. Keep container closed tight when not in use and stored in neutral environment.
I feel the need to point out that I did not read the full directions before I started applying. I only read the first paragraph (the part before the word directions – yeah I know, I amaze myself sometimes too).
The first thing I did was trim off the ratty bits on the ends of my nails. The parts that got dinged up in the ongoing battle with Bindweed. Without the damage, my nails tend to be rather healthy.
So I applied it onto my nails and waited for it to dry a little, then applied polish.
I do not recommend doing that. The formula never really dries down and while the polish goes over the formula covered nail well with seemingly no problem, when you go you wash your hands (which I have been doing a LOT recently, as I’m sure we all have) at a later point in time, the nail polish sort of slides right off. Seriously, in one clean sheet. It was most disconcerting, yet oddly intriguing at the same time.
Figuring out that I might have done something wrong, I returned to the site and this time read ALL of the directions.
Yeah, either wash your hands after giving it time to sink in and then polish your nails or just apply it along the cuticles overnight. I tried it over polish, but the formula just felt greasy and I think the polish kept it from soaking in. Just go bare nails for this one is my suggestion.
So once I figured out how to use the product how did it perform?
Well my nails did not grow out by a mile in the past few weeks. They do however feel stronger and less inclined to break and chip. I ended up trimming several of them down because the tips of the nails were damaged from my gardening activities.
I think the trimming eradicated the weakest part of the nails and the serum helped ensure that what grew back was healthier and stronger. I would call it more of a nail strengthening serum rather than a nail growth serum as I think adding the word growth creates different expectations.
Yes, stronger nails are less likely to break and therefore grow longer, so it isn’t a misnomer, I just think it is really about strength not length.
I also think that having to pay nightly attention to my nails helped as well. I found myself filing small dings and trimming away ragged bits nightly instead of when I sat down to do my nails (once a week).
The nightly attention helped them out a lot as well. I don’t think this will be a continuous use product for me, but I could see keeping it on hand for the times when my nails do take a beating.
As I know that occurs two times a year, once when I deal with the garden in the spring and once in the fall when I prepare the garden for winter, it would get use then. Since I trimmed and filed the dings and chips out of my nails before applying it each night, it also kept small divots from being large breaks. It forced me to take care of problems when they were small rather than leave them for the week and possible additional damage the following day.
I think if I knew I was going to an event I wanted my nails to look nice for, I might use it the two weeks prior to the event so that I could ensure I paid attention to the nails. Do I consider this an essential item to keep around, no. Nor do I consider it some sort of miracle growth formula, but it is kind of fun to add to my at home manicure while it lasts. It was also a nice product to get in a subscription box as I don’t know if I would have ever picked this up on my own. As the subscription box was Petit Vour, I also know that this product is clean, vegan and cruelty free. While I tend to think of those elements in my skin care items, I don’t always think of them when dealing with my nails. Perhaps in the future, I will.