Every woman of a certain age has these Missy Elliott lyrics embedded somewhere deep in her memory: “If you’re a fly gal get your nails done, get a pedicure, get your hair did.” It wasn’t until I was well into my mid-20s that I realized Missy was right, and I quickly became addicted to the indestructibility and high-shine gloss of salon-done nails. Getting a manicure was one of my easiest shortcuts to feeling fancy, yet once it began to grow out, it felt the opposite. Every time I got my nails done they’d look great for two weeks, then the nail underneath would start to yellow and develop deep ridges where the polish stopped and the nail growth started. How could I continue to feel like a fly gal, but with healthier nails?
I decided to test out products by Vitry, whose polish is specially formulated to let nails breathe so they won’t turn brittle or yellow. Founded in 1795, Vitry is one of the most trusted names in the home manicure business in its native France.