Post # 1
I’ve been going back and forth about what to do about my nails on wedding day and I have a few (OK tons) of questions.
I usually keep my nails short-ish (right at the fingertip, sometimes slightly longer). The problem is that my nails tend to break as they are really thin. I just started taking some vitamins that my sister recommended but I’m not sure how they will work. So on my wedding, I”m not sure what to do about my nails. I am worried about a break the day before or the morning of if I just leave them natural with a little polish. But I really don’t want fake nails.
But then I also know that if I have acrylics, the polish doesn’t chip off. Polish chips when I put it on my natural nails (even with a professional manicure) really quickly/easily. What do you think? Should I just leave them natural and find a great topcoat (any you could recommend)? Or is there something beter? What about fiberglass or gel or I’ve heard some people talk about shellac? Have you guys tried any of thiese? What would you recommend? I want to look like myself and not destroy my nails in the process.
Post # 3
I had a shellac manicure in a sheer pink color. I am ROUGH on my nails and that polish stayed fabulous for two weeks. If you have the salon take it off when your nails start growing out, it shouldn’t harm your nails. Mine were still perfectly fine.
Post # 4
Definitely ask your salon if they do shellac manicures. It’s a tough nail polish-esque manicure that doesn’t destroy your nails and won’t chip for weeks! I personally have never had it done just because I change my nails far too often (and have a massive collection of polish) but everyone I’ve known to have it done RAVES about it.
Post # 5
Shellac sounds like a good option for you 🙂 It usually stays on for a solid 2 weeks (+/-) and there isnt really anything you need to do.
Post # 6
get a gel/shellac manicure. im so in love. its the only way my nails don’t break as soon as they have any white on them
Post # 7
ditto on the shellac (or gelish, I like that one too)
Post # 8
Also, acrylic nails aren’t what they used to be. I just bought my first set the other day and put them on because my fingernails tend to grow warped and ripply so I wanted to try out acrylics. I bought really short ones that really aren’t any longer than my natural nails were — just to the tip of the finger — and they honestly kick ass. Because they’re not big and long, they don’t look fake at all and the polish is soooo smooth. I’m not into paying for a manicure (and I don’t like people messing around with my fingers!) so this turned out to be a great option! I’ll definitely wear them for the wedding day … though painted a more subdued color than I’m wearing currently 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks for the tips! I will for sure start looking for a salon around here that does the shellac/gel manicures. I’ve never ahd one or known anyone who has had one before. Are they terribly expensive?
PS if anyone lives in Southern California, particularly the Lake Elsinore/Temecula region, I would totally love any nail salon recommendations that you might have!
Post # 10
I got a Shellac mani on Friday. Here is a picture (sorry for the size):
They last me about 2-2 1/2 weeks. My nails grow quickly, so with a solid color I always notice the gap of where the new growth is. But, that is just me being picky. The polish stays shiny and does not chip. Definitely worth the extra ten dollars or so!
Post # 11
@Ms. Chai – Those look great! Exactly what I was wanting. They look super natural and I love the color. Thanks for the picture!
Post # 12
@CrochetLulu: You’re welcome! I think the color I picked is Red Baroness. Here is a link to all of the CND Shellac colors: http://www.cnd.com/Products/Color/shellac-colors.aspx. I think the colors can differ slightly by the bottle, but I have been happy with my choices so far!
Post # 13
I confirm what everyone is saying about the gel manicure! I can’t upload a picture because I am on my phone, but I got a gel manicure two weeks ago and you can see maybe an 1/8 of an inch of growth and I have no chips! I have pretty strong nails and I am still going to get a gel manicureabout every two weeks leading up to my wedding to make sure I can have nice nails for the wedding. But I also like mine longer and I like them squared for special events, basically so they look like fake nails but they are mine. Also at the salon I go to it is only $5 more than aregular manicure. Oh and one of the best things is that it dries immediately!! So you can’t smudge it getting your keys out or leaving the salon!
Post # 14
Definitely shellac. Here in east Tennessee they’re about $25 I think
Post # 15
Hey date twin!! 😀 i agree with the shellac! Im a cosmetologist and i love that stuff! you can also get a french manicure with it if thats something you would like! 🙂
Post # 16
Another vote for shellac gel polish 🙂