Monday, April 14, 2014

I Took My Nails Off! What You Need To Know About Fake Nails

About two years ago I decided I wanted to have cool nails. I have always been able to grow my own but, for some reason I fancied having fake nails so I could go have them done. I guess I was just getting lazy. I didn't feel like doing my nails anymore. So, I went and got acrylic nails put on.

Two weeks ago, I have decided I have had enough with the time and money it takes to keep these nails up. I wanted to go back to my own natural nails. Well, when you get them put on they don't tell you many things. Here are a few in case you didn't know:

1. Your nails will be damaged from having the fake ones on. I mean paper thin and damaged.
2. It takes forever to soak the things off. I was at the nail place for over two hours just getting them taken off.
3. You have to do something with your "own" nails after you take the fake ones off.
4. This all costs money and major upkeep.
5. I had to get a no chip manicure to keep my paper thin nails strong and from splitting.

I have been doing a no-chip manicure now just about every three weeks. My nails are still so thin. Every time I grow them out a little they seem to break. There is no way around this except for not putting on acrylic or gel nails.
My suggestion is, if you really want them put on only put them on for a short while or don't get them done at all. The damage that is does to your real nails is incredible and I am still waiting after all these  months to find out how long it will take to get my real nails back in good shape.


  1. I've had acrylic nails for years and years and I know very well how damaged my nails are. It only takes 30 minutes to get the old nails off though. I'm guessing this will take about a year to get the nails to grow out like they should.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs. :)

  2. Have you considered using essential oils or coconut oil, applied every night, to speed up the strengthening? I know from personal experience that coconut oil is great; and here is a good article with essential oil recommendations.
    Also, my grandmother swears by vitamin E oil every night on her nails. :)

  3. The no-chip destroys your nails careful. Your best bet is to have regular manicures routinely and give your nails a break. They will toughen up with time.


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