Re: How to get my nails...
I had acrylics for about 8 years off and on, so I know right where you are. My nails are strong now and grow nicely. Make sure you keep them painted, even if it is just clear polish. That will give a little more strength. I used Nailtek II constantly right after I took off my acrylics and it worked wonders. Use lotion as often as possible, and take care of your cuticles with cuticle cream/balm. When my cuticles are healthy, my nails grow faster. I swear by that Nailtek stuff though... and it's fairly easy to find (I think I got it at Target, but they have it at ULTA, CVS, etc.)
Edit: There are 2 Nailtek II. One is called foundation, and the other is called Intensive Therapy. I used the IT one only, but Foundation is meant to be used as a base coat, then you paint your color, then use Intensive Therapy as a top coat