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#1 MrsTeach

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:26 PM

Hi,
I have short stumpy horrible nails that i try very hard to grow but they are weak and brittle and just keep breaking. I have been a nail biter all my life and am slowing breaking the habit. I want to get false nails for my wedding and was going to start experimenting and getting them done soon -i'm really unsure about the whole thing.

Please share your wisdom.....

#2 Lee Lee

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:55 PM

I used to get acrylic nails all the time. They were really good, however I would put them more at a longer term option. However the thing with acrylic is that some times they are quite thick and can make some tasks impossible - like pulling a label off a jar for example

However I will watch with interest as to what everyone else says because although my nails are reasonable in length I'm not quite sure what to do with them.
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Posted 06 October 2007 - 07:10 PM

for a while last year, i had gel nails (no idea what the difference is). I found them ok, but it took me about 3 days to get used to them. I keep my nails at a reasonable length (ie not much longer than my fingertips to look at) for my work.

a friend of mine that has quite short nails had fakes for her wedding and she says they were fine.

My advice: start short and then go longer..if your not used it nails it takes a bit to get used to.
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Posted 06 October 2007 - 08:14 PM

Hi,

Fake nails take alot of getting used to and they are so easy to break, especially when opening car doors, oh and not to mention they make it hard to wipe your behind. Sorry, but only being truthful.

Have you heard of Revitanail. Its a fantatic nail hardner. You apply one coat evey day for about a week, then take it off and start again. It's recommended you use a cuticle oil with it as well.

You buy it in most chemists and priceline.

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 09:04 PM

Joeysbabe - you crack me up biggrin.gif Oops, pardon the pun tongue.gif , i'm sitting at my computer in fits of giggles! I appreciate your honesty!

I have heard of Revitanail - will have to give it a try.

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 09:27 PM

my mum uses revitanail, and finds it good, but she has to use it all the time...no breaks in using it.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 09:13 AM

i hope i can help i used to be a nail tech, now depending on who you speak to you are going to get a different opinion, some techs love acrylic and some love gel, both have their advantages.

I worked with gel as it had less fumes and fine dust than acrylic and I already suffered from resperatry issues from the chemicals in hairdressing. The benifit with gel (that i saw) was that i could start a clients nails about 2-3 months out from their wedding, just using the gel as an overlay this gave the strenght needed to grow your own nails for the day. So you dont have huge thick tips that stop you from getting things done! And the lenght will grow so you have time to get used to it, not instant, which can be a little hard to get used to.

I can pm you some company details and you can find a tech in your area if you'd like, cant hurt to talk to them
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 09:30 AM

i had acrylics put on and i loved them wub.gif if i could afford it i'd keep them on all the time! as long as you go to a good place they will be fine (i.e., not too thick). ill try and hunt out a photo of how they looked, hang on.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:16 PM

I'll be getting acrylic nails put on for the day. I do agree they make ALOT of tasks hard, but I jsut love the look they give, I will get them done a few months early to get used to them (& cause I love them)
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:32 PM

I had acrylics put on my nails Thursday. I can get used to the nails really easy, and had quite a long length. I would have done just a gel overlay over time, but I just ran out of time to organise it LOL
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:40 PM

I got acrylics done at the insistence (and courtesy) of a dear friend. One of the best decisions I made. Yes doing things is harder but it is the one day of your life where the world revolves around you and everyone wants to help you smile.gif
I say get them done they look fantastic and make the photos even better (proven in lozzy's post).
Only thing I would do differently is get them shortened for the honeymoon. I chewed them off in the two weeks we were in Fiji which wasn't the best look.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:53 PM

I have been wondering this too... i love the look of acrylic but i find them insanely hard to then get off (and painful too) so its made me not want them but i cant grow my own nails.

Does anyone know if gel are easier to remove afterwards? (sorry to hijack!) biggrin.gif

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 04:50 PM

Milly-jay, i'd love the details of the company you mentioned.

Lozzy, your nails (and the whole pic) looks lovely. I'm a bit scared to get a 'hand' shot because i feel a little self conscious about my 'old' looking hands (chalk is very drying and i used to use it at work all the time) sad.gif Hand cream is my best friend. smile.gif

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 07:06 PM

I'll pm you the details.

Gel can be made to look exactly like acrylic if you like that look, I used to have them on full time, and people could not believe they where not my own nails. gel wont chip either so for a pedicure before your wedding honeymoon its the best idea.

Gel is less damaging to remove than acrylic if you insist on pulling them off, (I am guilty) or you just buff it down so no one can see. there is a gel removal system too.
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#15 MrsTeach

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 08:52 PM

Thanks Milly-Jay. smile.gif




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