Post # 1
I have no idea what my problem is, but I can not groom my nails. Typically, I wear acrylic nails but the last year or so I have just had my natural nails. (They were getting so thin from years of acrylics). The problem is I am hopeless at getting them to look even remotely decent and they are constantly chipping and are always shaped curvy and funky because of chipping. They also have ugly vertical ridges. What do you do to keep your nails looking beautiful?
Post # 3
@MrsFuzzyFace: Do you moisturize at all?
i can understand your nails in not so healthy state after years of aclylic, but you have grown your nails for a year? I would think it’s a sufficient time frame for your nails to be normal again…hmmm…
I think vitamin and lots of moisturizing will make your nails healthier!!! I use Badger cuticle care.
Post # 4
I’m not very good at it either, but biotin makes you nails stronger, if you aren’t taking that.
Post # 5
@MrsFuzzyFace: I don’t have any advice, but I can commiserate because I have very thin, weak and brittle nails (I’ve tried every OTC treatment, Biotin supplements, you name it) and no matter what I try to do to make my nails look presentable, it goes wrong (my nails are so weak that nail polish literally peels off!) So I feel your pain!
Post # 6
@gramgeek: No, I don’t moisturize. I see how that would help though. I am just really ignorant of nail care. I started young at the nail salon and therefore have no knowledge of basic nail care.
Post # 7
I use Sally Hansen for a top/bottom coat and for some time, I was using the “hard as diamonds” or something – then I kept them self-manicured, everytime they chipped, I would redo the nail or hand or whatnot. Really helped me to grow long, strong nails.
Post # 8
Biotin will strengthen your hair & nails (a two-fer), but if you notice ridges, I’d have a blood work up done if they’ve never been there before. Changes in your nails are sometimes indicative of underlying health issues, or vitamin deficiency.
Post # 9
I am just really ignorant of nail care
Post # 10
@EricToller: Don’t worry, no one stands eye level with your nails. I bet no one even notices.
Post # 11
@MrsFuzzyFace: alright! you can start today!
Cuticle/ hand/ nail care products really help. They help your manicure and acrylic nails last WAY longer than without. Dryness is the devil when it comes to body and skin.
Post # 12
I am an ignorant nail care, I hate colorful nails…
Post # 13
OPI makes a ridge filler that smooths the nail underneath your nail polish. You can’t wear it alone, though. It looks a bit milky. I second the PP suggestion of a bottom/top coat formulated to strengthen your nails and moisturizing your cuticles. Keep your nails short for awhile to avoid chipping until they’re healthy enough to grow out.
As for the cause of your ridges: http://www.livestrong.com/article/495235-do-vitamin-deficiencies-cause-fingernail-ridges/
Post # 14
Prenatal vitamens! I’m pretty sure my nails have been stronger since I’ve been taking them (I’m not pregnant). Also gel manicures!
Post # 15
As far as the verticle ridges, they are 100% normal. They are more likely as you age, but some have them from an early age. Years ago someone told me this was a sign of disease so I looked it up all over on real medical sites… horizontal is bad, vertical is normal. You can buff them smooth if they really bother you but keep in mind it would make your nails just a tiny bit thinner.
As far as grooming them, I clip them short and then file with my swiss army knife file… emory boards freak me out like the proverbial nails on a chalkboard lol. So I’m useless there, once I start to scratch and it hurts or I wear part off (usually tinkering with something), I chop them all off. 🙂
Post # 16
I am so anal about taking care of my nails. We are on a tight budget and I can’t really afford to go to the salon for a mani/pedi, but my friends would never guess. I have a close friend who is constantly complimenting my nails. She’s jealous of my natural ones. She’s been wearing acrylics for years now.
I do them once a week and it’s really pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I like them tip length, so I trim them with clippers, then file them into the right shape, then buff them with a buffing block to get rid of any peeling or ridges. I massage the cuticles with Vitamin E lotion and push the cuticles back with a rubber pusher.
I always make sure to wash my hands before painting, then use Sinful Colors basecoat (the best basecoat I’ve ever found…holds polish on for the full week) Then I use 2 coats of whatever color I want…usually from Sinful Colors because I love their selection and they’re just $1-2 at Walgreens depending on the sales. I just put on thin coats and let them dry for a long time in between. I top it all off with Sally Hansen “Dries Instantly” Top Coat, and they’re good to go for a whole week. Looks just like a professional job 🙂