Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
So, I have very brittle nails naturally, and they are constantly breaking. It doesn’t help that the vast majority of my lifestyle choices/hobbies are not exactly manicure friendly…
BUT, I really want to have pretty nails for my wedding in 10 days. I have been working really hard to grow them out, and they are actually looking pretty good.
I’m hoping you ladies might have some suggestions on things I can do in the next 10 days to help keep them looking nice (besides not doing something stupid like going climbing or sailing where I’ll break 1/2 of them off)
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
@juliette.eliza: I like to paint mine ahead of time when I want them to look nice – I notice them more and therefore am a little more aware of my hands when I do things. It does lead me to picking on them more, so when they start to chip, I fill in the chips or repaint completely so they stay looking nice.
Also maybe file them (lightly) every other day or every few days to remove potential snags or thin ends? I’m not sure that’ll help them stay long, but I’m thinking like how when you grow your hair out you’re supposed to get regular trims still.
Post # 4
I’ve been using 3 minute artificials by Nail Aid (it’s like a base/top coat polish), and it is really awesome. You can get it at Walmart for around $5. I just lightly file, apply a coat of the 3 minute artificials, then a coat or two of nail polish (I would use something light & neutral so it doesn’t stain your nails/cuticles before the big day), then I paint a top coat of the 3 minute acrylic. Make sure you paint the very tip & slightly onto the backside of your nail. This has really helped keep my nails from breaking, and seeing them look all pretty & painted keeps me from being too hard on them. My polish usually chips within 4 hours (no joke), and this usually lasts 4 days plus.
Post # 5
In the long run biotin vitamins will help a ton with brittle nails. In the short term, a nice clean manicure will help. I like Seche Vite’s base coat and top coat in combination form a thick, almost gel-like coat of polish that stays chip free for about 5 days for me and I’m very rough on my nails. They cost about $7 each at the drugstore.