im getting fake nails next week anyone have any advice on mantaining them? and redcing breakage?
I got mine about 1 month ago. They pretty much look after themselves, just try not to get your nails caught in anything as they might break off or rip off your nail.
I got gel nails. They are pretty hard wearing and needed back filling every 2-3 weeks (depending how long it takes your nails to grow).
Word of warning - I belted 2 of my fingers (pretty hard) and smashed/cracked the gel nail..... it was possibly the WORST pain I have ever felt. As a result, I am now getting rid of them!!!
you've got to be careful though when you get fake nails put on eg. acrylics. my aunty had them done and she got this bad nail infection from them. her nails have never been the same.
I have had fake nails for about 5 years now... i am a really bad nail biter so if i want nice looking nails the only way i seem to be able to have that is by getting fake ones done. I love them, however it took me nearly 3 years to find a nail technition that i was happy with and now that i have found her i have been so much happier with the way my nails look etc. That is the main thing you have to find a good nail tech for great nails. There are a lot of dodgy nail technitians out there that are not fully qualified hence infections, and nails not lasting very long. I get my nails refilled every month. My advice is just to be carefull where you go xhotpinkx
I had fake nails put on ( gel) about 5 months ago and i now have my own nails ( instead of the fake ones) it takes about a month for my fake nails to grow out ( yes my nails grow really fast) i never had a problem with growing long nails it was just the fact of them not being strong enough and always breaking, so having my nails looked after by my technition they have become very strong and look very neat and tidy! they can be an exspensive investment so make sure u go to a few salons for quotes. and the refills usually cost $30 every 3 weeks. I have been using the same nail technition and havent had any problems. Just make sure u go over the nails with a nail file every so often so theres no cracks/catches that can get caught on things. The technition is also really helpful and can answer all your questions! :)
I used to get acrylics, and I never had any problems with them. My nails grow really fast so I usually had to get them infilled about every 2 weeks which was a pain. I was always complimented on how nice my nails looked, and how they didn't look fake - I didn't have them long and claw-like, quite short really.
The worst part was when I decided to stop getting them done (for financial and time constraints). It took about 3-4 months before my nails were back to normal, despite my fast nail growth. But after that period, my nails have been stronger than ever, I can't keep up with them.
i have never had fake nails before but am considering getting them But after reading loretta's article I might not thanks
Choosing the right nail artist has a lot to do with how long they will last some of the cheaper places really do, do a cheaper job. I've had mine for ten years and never had an infection, but know of people who have and it all stems back to the technician.
I do my own fake nails - costs me $2 haha! I just buy the fake nails and stick them on, they look awesome and you can change as often as you like for only $2.. I recently got acrylics but everyone said my ones I do look just as good! Saves soo much money!
I got acrylics for the first time ever last year and will never do it again. My nails have only just grown out healthy, they had a ridge in them and kept breaking as they grew ou.. My nails were really sensitive (they sand the nail bed to make the glue stick better) and they really hurt to come off. They did last for over a month, but as they grow out you have the ridge at the bottom and it's a pain to get them infilled if you're really busy. I just use Sally Hansen's Growth treatment now and have my nails natural - i think it looks much better than long fake nails anyway!
I think many places file the nail too much - especially those places that use an electric file. Thats what does the most damage to the nail (the filing - not so much the acrylic) If they file down too much it will a) hurt and b) make your natural nail incredibly weak when you try to grow it back. My sister gets hers done by a friend (who does some amazing work) and she has just had her acrylic taken off after about a year or two of having them - and her nails are fine - you can't tell she has had them. I have been giving her manicures since she had them taken off and her nails are lovely and strong. So I think you just need to be careful where you are going to have them done.
Bio Sculpture is a great alternative - a lot more gentle on the nails, they are apparently more flexible and thinner than gels or acrylics - and nails only need a light file.
GG - I agree that a lot of places file the nail down too much, I used to get burns under my nails from the electric file, but I do have more sensitivity than many, so I usually have to deal with more unpleasantness with beauty things than most, so I didn't think too much of it.
I might look into Bio Sculpture - sounds very good.
hi, i actually find that when you wash the dishes make sure you are wearing gloves because the detergent can cause breakage and loosening of your acrylics,apply top coat every 2 days helps your nails looking fresh and new, an helps your nail polish last longer.
Acrylics (french tip) are my weakness, they are so pretty and go with all my outfits.
Try not to get them too long, especially if you haven't got them before because you have to get used to them short-ish, you will experience HORRIBLE pain if you accidentally pull it or get it caught on something.
And refills suck because they look kinda ugly so I sometimes put a nice coloured polish over it until it's time to get them done again!
the best thing for your nails is gel but i am a sucker for acrylic but do be warned if you go to the cheap places for refils you will end up with either nail infections or blood poisoning as they tend to use the cheaper products and dont sterilise their instements so careful where you go it may cost u a little more but worth it in the long run
Research your salons before you get Acrylics done!
There are too many nail salons that just DONT do the right thing. Especially in regards to Hygene. If you already have Acrylics and notice that your nail tech is using dirty equipment, and/or not making you wash your hands etc, go to a different one. It's worth the extra money to get quality nails done by a professional, rather than risk a fungal infection by someone who's doing them cheaply, cutting corners & using inferior products.
Ask people where they get their nails done if you like the look of them. Most people are happy to tell you.
In my experience, the single nail salons seem to be much more focused on hygiene & quality than the Shopping Centre salons. I made the mistake of trying out a shopping centre one and felt like cattle being rushed in and out of a farm.
When I went to a "real" salon I am offered tea, coffee (or on special occassions champagne), have a nice hour chat with the tech and leave feeling pampered.
BOTTOM LINE:-If you're going to spend $40-50 on refills every 2 to 3 weeks you should be extremely happy with your nails AND the salon.
As a nail tech I definately agree with kelster, this is great advice!!!!!
Dont do any cooking with your nails on when you have them done bexie
I definitely agree about the cheaper salons, i would like to tell you all that MMA is a known carcinogenic (cancer causing agent). It is banned in Australia but that does not mean it is not used, it is cheaper and is imported and used usually by foreigners in busy nail shops where they wear the mask!!!!!!!!!!
When you decide to get your nails done choose a reputable salon with therapists or nail techs who have been trained to the Australian National Standard, if in doubt ask!!!!
Are they certified? It should be hung on the wall and on the certificate for that individual there will be a triangle in the bottom corner and below it it will say Nationally recognised Training.
In regards to drills there is a time and place for them. 1. Not on the natural nail. 2. Only on a 4 week french refill. where the smile line needs to be realigned.
Flat files should always be the first option.
Great tip ... tips2toes!!! â™¥
try gel nails there much more better for the nail and actually help ur nail grow underneath.
I have always had issues with dry hair with oily roots, so I was excited to give this hair mask a go.
Very expensive moisturiser. It comes in a jar and you do get a nice large amount of 48mls. The cream is very thick and you only need a small amount.
These little kits are the perfect nail polish sets you need, the size is perfect and fits anywhere, even when you travel you could pop it into anything plus it passes through customs during your fl
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