Spending time and money is the worst thing. You can spend hours and even money on intricate nail design, or get a new manicure only to find that one of your nails has broken or split. It is common to have weak nails. This can happen due to nutritional deficiencies, normal wear and tear, or damage from nail treatments such as gel, shellac and acrylics. We can’t pretend that we didn’t attempt to be our own nail tech last summer, but all the amateur buffing, filing and endless soaks with acetone to DIY removes were not kind on our natural nails. The solution is simple: just one swipe or one pill. The topical nail strengthening agents deliver vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the nails in the form of clear nail polish. An ingestible Nail Supplement can also double the effectiveness. Here are the 9 things we love.

Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening cream

This nail strengthening cream is Amazon’s most popular, with over 40,000 reviews. This combination of beeswax and vitamins, as well as jojoba oil, jojoba wax, calcium, and vitamins, helps nails grow faster or come back to life. A jar of this product is kept on our nightstand to be used before we go to bed. We also keep an extra one in our handbag for when we need to reapply during the day.

SI-NAILS Nail Strengthener With Hyaluronic Acid

This easy-to use strengthener in a pens is great for weak nails. It will show results in just 28 days so keep it on hand and use it daily to strengthen your nails and cuticles.

Nail Envy Nail Strengthener Treatment

You can get this classic nail strengthener in a variety of shades, including clear. Nails grow stronger and last longer thanks to calcium and hydrolyzed wheat proteins.

Vitamin Strength Serum – Hard as Nails

This award-winning serum by Sally Hansen is applied daily to bare nails. It contains antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E to bring your weak, fragile nails back to life in just days. It’s worth $5.99 if you care about your nails.

First Aid Kiss Nail Strengthener

This four-week treatment has received over 5,000 positive reviews on Amazon. It can be worn for one week. After that, you can remove it with a non-acetone removal product and then reapply for the second week. Repeat the process for weeks 3 and 4. Although it sounds complex, it is not. Especially once you observe how your nails react.

Hard Rock – Nail Strengthening Top & Base Coat

You don’t have to do it all! This top coat and base coat deliver the same benefits with fewer steps. We love the durability it gives to our at-home manicures.

Strong Start Nail Treatment

This nail treatment can be used as a manicure (if applied two coats), or as an enhancement base coat to make your nails less fragile between each weekly appointment.