Getting rid of acrylics

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used to have acrylics ALL the time but finally stopped because of the cost. I use nail strengthener for a about a year to help. My nails are great now!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sally Hansen has a really good nail strengthener, you put it on like nailpolish.  Try also taking flax seed oil (comes in capsules too), that’s supposed to be good for stronger nails.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My nails used to be really thin, but they’ve gotten better with taking biotin and calcium supplements. Acrylics were very hard on my nails, so I would give them a decent recovery period once you stop the acrylics before deciding whether to return to fake nails. 

ETA: I have also used nail strengtheners, but I’m not convinced they helped… I’d read up on reviews before buying one

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsPaperFlowers:  Yep, it’s just like nail polish but it makes your nails stronger. You can get it anywhere.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Biotin and prenatals make your nails nice and strong.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had them once, and filled once. The place that put them on grinded my nails down to paper thin, soft… ugh.

It took months and months for them to grow all the way out and I had a big ridge on the nail from the new growth.

I had to cover them with nail hardener all the time or they would just shred.

My nails are normal now. 

I would never get acrylics again, it was such a gong show. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsPaperFlowers:  yes, and it was really hard. I wore acrylic religiously for 10 (count them, TEN) years. I finally soaked them off and started from scratch and let me tell you my nails were a hot, paper thin, brittle mess! the day I took the acrylic off, I had gel polish applied. I got that re-done about as often as I would have gotten fill-ins. Then after about 3 months of wearing shellac, I tried a fiberglass wrap, which…was also a hot mess. The lady cured them with UV gel rather than using glue (when any nail tech knows that UV gel will not cure properly on top of anything but a natural nail). This was right before vacation so my nails were terrible when I started my trip, so I had no choice but to switch to polish. My nails were short and ugly, but it was kinda like now or never. So I just wore polish from then on, occasionally getting a shellac set if I wanted a change or if I was trying to retain length for a special occasion. Finally (18 months later) I am at a point where I wear nothing other than polish and maintain some type of length and hardness.

So my advice is to soak them off and switch to gel polish. Then wear gel polish for a few months to help you grow out the acrylic-related damage. Then you can slowly start weaning yourself off gel (alternating between gel manicures and polish manicures). Then, when you’re ready, you can switch to polish full time.

I’m not sure what to do for my wedding (as I’m used to having longish nails and anything less simply does not look glamorous to me). I’m afraid to fall back into the acrylic trap again 🙁

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsPaperFlowers:  While I had them they were nice looking, I agree. But the fallout was not worth it at all. Plus we did a thing at work about hand hygiene where you put the black light responsive powder on your hands and see where bacteria and dirt tend gets harbored.. and let’s just say the staff that had acrylics and gels lit up the place. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I would suggest an Omega 3-6-9 supplement to your diet, along with a good mulitvitamin.  The fatty acids from the omegas will do wonders for your skin, hair and nails!

 

A nail strengthener may help protect the already damaged dead nail, but it will not help or support growth for a new healthy nail.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsPaperFlowers:  It’s a vitamin (so a biochemical coenzyme, if you’re in the bio sciences at all) that helps strengthen hair and nails. The scientific evidence for this isn’t super strong, but in my own experience it seems to help. 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsPaperFlowers:  I think vitamin B.  Biotin is also in the vitamin B family.  My nails have never been stronger since I started prenatals.  I currently take Nature Made prenatal + DHA. I don’t think the DHA really matters though. Also, since I’ve been pregnant my nails have been growing like crazy! 

Calcium should also help, too.

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