Caitlin Iley

Weak or damaged nails? Reboot your nail routine with OPI Repair Mode

By Callie Iley | 01 June 2023 | News, Products & Treatments

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Restore and maintain the condition of natural nails from within with Repair Mode, a bond-building nail serum from OPI.

Phase 1: Repair

Recommended for damaged nails, the brush-on nail serum features ‘Ulti-Plex Technology’. This mimics the natural nail’s protein structure, helping to restore natural nails to their optimal condition from within. Designed to be used twice a day for six days, Repair Mode is fast-drying and boasts 94% protection from damage to keratin protein, when used as directed.

“Nail damage happens through daily activities like washing our hands, cleaning, and showering, which break down keratin bonds,” shares Sarah Fairneny, vice president, OPI research & development. “Treating nail damage is one of the biggest consumer needs with the lowest product satisfaction. Our goal was to revolutionise nailcare for weak and damaged nails and to combat everyday damage, by developing a technology that could repair broken bonds from inside the nail.

“Ulti-Plex Technology penetrates into the nail, building bonds within the damaged keratin to restore and protect, similar to how Plex products are used in haircare. With Repair Mode, fans can experience their natural nails, restored to their natural condition in six days.”

Phase 2: Strengthen

To complement Repair Mode and maintain the condition of the natural nail, OPI’s Nail Envy Strengthener has been upgraded – with a vegan formula and six new shades. The product is ideal for all nail types and can be used alone, or after Repair Mode.

A spokesperson from OPI comments: “Nail Envy features Tri-Flex Technology, and coats the nail surface to create a ‘liquid shield’. It strengthens and protects nails against breaking, chipping, peeling and splitting for beautiful, stronger nails.” Nail Envy should be applied by clients once a day for six days, with two coats on nails for the first application and one coat on nails for the following five days.

Use OPI Repair Mode and Nail Envy Strengthener together for a reparative and strengthening boost to your nail services, then retail the products to clients to continue the care regime at home.

Phase 3: Colour

For clients undergoing a regular Nail Envy care routine, but still seeking a colour fix, consider the range of eight Nail Envy Colour hues. Alpine Snow (white), Big Apple Red (red), Powerful Pink (shimmer pink), Tough Luv (dark red) All Night Strong (dark blue) and Double Nude-y (neutral) join the existing Nail Envy shades, Pink To Envy (rose tint) and Bubble Bath (pink).

Alternatively, introduce Repair Mode into your nail services as a first step, and follow with an application of the chosen OPI system.


  • Step 1: Remove any existing product, before applying two coats of Repair Mode to all nails. Allow 10 minutes for the product to penetrate the nails.
  • Step 2: Trim nails and shape nails as desired using a 240 or higher grit file.
  • Step 3: Apply OPI ProSpa Exfoliating Cuticle Cream to the base of each nail and massage in. Wait one minute for it to soften the cuticle.
  • Step 4: Gently push back the eponychium using a cuticle pusher.
  • Step 5: Remove any remaining cuticle from the nail plate using a cuticle remover tool.
  • Step 6: Buff the nails with the 280-grit side of the Flex 220/280 Buffer.
  • Step 7: Saturate a nail wipe with N.A.S 99 Cleansing Solution and scrub to remove any residue.
  • Step 8: Apply a coat of OPI Bond Aid to each nail and allow to dry.

At this point, you can commence application of a chosen OPI system or complete the following steps for a reparative and strengthening boost:

  • Step 9: Apply a coat of OPI Nail Envy onto the nails and allow to dry for up to two minutes. Apply a darker shade of Nail Envy Colour if desired, or alternatively move onto step 10.
  • Step 10: Apply a second coat of OPI Nail Envy and allow to dry. Its glossy finish means there is no need for top coat.

Home care:

  • Step 11: Following the salon service, retail Repair Mode and Nail Envy for clients to use before their next appointment, Nail Envy should be applied once a day for six days. On day seven, the client should remove the product before applying two fresh coats. Repair Mode can be applied daily to any visible nail growth.
  • Step 12: Encourage clients to use OPI ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil at least two times a day.

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