The Dead Sea has long been lauded for its beauty benefits, as it has a higher concentration of minerals than anywhere in the world. The Israeli skin- and haircare line Ahava uses research conducted on such minerals in its products. I'd been a devoted fan of Ahava Nail Hardener for years, until one day it disappeared from my apartment. Weeks went by with me searching in cabinets and drawers, under the bed, in different purses (did I take it somewhere?), until the guy I was seeing — a guitarist — came clean: he was using it to strengthen his nails. So was his whole band. And they wanted more.
The idea of getting $14 nail polish for a bunch of rockers was so entertaining that I did, and before long, their girlfriends, mothers, sisters, and houseguests were on the Ahava Nail Hardener train. And for good reason: this product dries fast, doesn't smell quite as bad as similar products, and leaves nails looking and feeling healthy using minerals and calcium from the Dead Sea. Nails have a natural-looking gloss and seem to grow faster and stronger. Give it a try, but please don't steal mine.