Post # 1
Hi everyone! So there’s only 11 days until the wedding and my nails have never looked worse. I’ve bitten my nails my whole life. I tried stopping and was successful for a couple weeks, but then there was a scare where we thought my FI might have testicular cancer and it all went to hell. Now I have no nails and it looks horrible. I literally have no time to grow them out. These are not my nails, but they look (unfortunately) very similar: https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR02UW8zyt1VFmqT_j7G_BleBHoYuc02XD-fwq92SCWisr34EFg
Anyways, I’ve been thinking about getting fake nails but I have no idea what anything is…acrylic vs gel vs full set vs tips vs whatever – none of it makes sense. Plus I don’t know how long it lasts and when I should get it done. After the wedding (which is on October 6th) we’re leaving immediately to go on a weeklong honeymoon.
Any advice??? Any nails I do get I still want to be pretty short, not even extending to my fingertips because they’ll drive me crazy, but I want my hands to be pretty for once. The one thing I’m scared of is the filing down of the nails with acrylic nails, because when I finally am able to stop biting my nails they’ll be brittle enough, but do they do that for gel nails too? Ugh, so confused with everything.
Post # 3
Until very recently, I was a serial nail-biter since childhood. I had acrylic nails, but they really damaged my nail bed. I had a lot more positive results with not nail biting and keeping healthy nails with gel. But that’s just my personal preference. 🙂
Post # 4
I completely agree with that, but…wedding is in 11 days, so not biting my nails will not yield any results in that time. That’s what I was trying to do until the cancer scare and the stress/anxiety made it impossible to not bite/pick at my nails, completely ruining them. Thanks though!
I guess what I’m getting at in my question is that I’m just curious if gel sets are less damaging and if so, if I should get it done this weekend, wait until the day before the wedding, etc.
Post # 5
I am a HORRIBLE nail biter so for the last few years I have been getting them done. gels are better for your nails than acrylics. Since they are so short now and you only have 11 days until the wedding, you should get a full set of gels, meaning they will put tips on an do gel over the whole nail. They last between 2 and 3 weeks, depending on how quickly your nails grow. If you go just a few days before your wedding, they should last well through the honeymoon.
Post # 6
Have you looked into Shellac? It won’t lengthen your nails, but it’s pretty hard to bite your nails with Shellac, and it won’t come off for 3 weeks, so it actually helps your nails grow. My nails grow so much with Shellac that I have to clip them down (this was not an issue pre-shellac as I would always bite them).
Post # 7
I’d recommend getting a gel set like Gelish, or Shellac. I’d wait until closer to your wedding day to get them done because the grow out is pretty obvious. Make sure to go to a good salon in your area to get them done!
eta: I did not have good luck with Shellac; it was peeling in 6 days. I’ve had better luck with Gelish and OPI Axxium
Post # 8
I recommend gel nails all the way, less damage to your nails. Make sure you get them professionally taken off though, I tried to take mine off DIY and my nails ended up being a yucky yellow with dents in them from trying to rip the polish off.
Post # 9
@jenbob555: I don’t know the difference or which is better, but I’m a lifelong nail-biter too and what I did was get manicures to stop myself biting before the big day.
Post # 10
I bite my nails like crazy but I’ve found that Shellac works really well for me and has the added bonus of not destroying my nails.
Post # 11
I’ve had both acrylic and solar nails in my lifetime, never gel (yet, but I know a few folks who love them!), and in my experience the solar were much less harsh on my nails than the acrylics. (this is personal, I’m not a professional, so I could be wrong!) As far as how long they last, that depends on a lot of things: How hard you are on your hands, how fast your natural nails grow, nail biting (lol)
My nails grow very very fast, so mine never lasted more than two weeks before they were grown out and starting to lift off of my nails at the sides. I also noticed that once I ripped them off (not recomended. Hurts like heck lol) my nails grew back much slower. But once the damaged part had grown all out they were back to normal.
Do a bit of internet research on the different methods, choose which is best suited to your preferences, and then make an appointment for a couple of days before your wedding. I don’t suggest going the day before. If you’ve never had them you don’t know if they’ll make your nails sore for a bit afterwards. This has happened to me, they are pretty rough on your nails. They are very pretty to look at, but if you don’t keep up with them and get them filled in and repaired regularly they make your nails look pretty rough… So if you don’t want to deal with even WORSE nails afterwards, you could just go in for a regular manicure. They can work wonders with their files and polishes 🙂
Post # 12
@Bazinga: You can take gel nails off at home with an acetone soak. It’s essentially the same way they do it at the salon. I always take mine off at home using the soak and no damage to the nail occurs.
Post # 13
Get the gel nails. Or solar nails (just another version of fake nails). I’m a serial nail bitter as well, and I love getting gel nails. If your wedding is on a Saturday, get them done on the Wednesday, so you can get used to them, and they wont look grown out. They’lll last two to thre weeks depending on how fast your nails grow.
Post # 14
I would go and get a full set of gels pretty soon. Maybe tomorrow. You can always go back to the salon and get them filled if they need it =)
Post # 15
@jenbob555: Can you just keep them very short and neatly trimmed and natural? Mine don’t grow (well they split and are really soft) so I keep them super short, but paint them and they look nice.
I used to do the gel nails thing but a) they’re expensive – think $100/month to maintain – you need to have them filled every 3-4 weeks and b) when you want to take them off they RIP them off and it’s bloody painful. Not sure if some places soak them off, but in my experience they just use the pliers.
I wouldn’t commit to them unless you plan on keeping them. I loved them in some ways – I used to get the colorful, sparkly tips. Tacky as hell but awesome lol. I just couldn’t justify the cost.. plus keeping them clean and filling them every couple of weeks was a pain in the butt.
Post # 16
I would just get overlays if I were you. I switch back and forth between overlays and gel polish just to give my nails some air sometimes and if your nails are already a little brittle, that Gelish or Shellac polish is more likely to lift or crack and won’t look good anyway. I’ve actually heard a couple of people being told that it wouldnt work with the state that their nails were in. An overlay is just the powder on top of your nails, impossible to bite through, and the polish doesn’t chip!