Post # 1
Hey ladies, so last night the dreaded happened.. I broke my wedding ring finger nail! I’m now two weeks to the wedding and I know it won’t grow back fast enough. It’s all the way down to the bottom. I normally have decent length nails (french manicure worthy) and I also own my own shellac set up so I had planned to just shellac my own nails but now thats not an option
should I go with gel nails? I know they look great but I’ve had them before and they ruined my nails for like a month or more afterward.. Is there a way to avoid this? I do have acetone for removing shellac, so does gel remove the same way? Also if I get them done now will they still look great in two weeks? My nail is driving me crazy and I need to have it filled! any advice please!!!
Post # 3
Just replace the nail that broke, don’t get the full set. They can make them look natural and you won’t even be able to tell that one is gel!
You will have to redo them before the wedding 2 weeks is pretty long time and growth would start showing. I’m not 100% sure if they come off with acetone but I’m pretty sure that’s how they remove them. Also have them filethen by hand not with the machine which damages the nail more.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
Post # 4
@lauramae89: Could you get your mancurist put on one fake over the damaged nail, and then blend it in? They should be able to, I know it will cost more than doing it at home but you’ll probably be much more confident 🙂
Antother bee had the same thing happen and I think she went with one 🙂 Someone else also suggested she take the gel off the day after to avoid more damage, but I don;t know if that makes a difference 😀
Ill rock the 2-3mm long nails on my wedding day, thats as long as mine get before I lop ’em off haha! But I also hate nails down to the bed, really bugs me too 🙂
Post # 5
have them put a fake nail on the one finger so all your nails are the same length.
Post # 6
I’m a little concerned with just having the one nail because my nails aren’t THAT long so I feel like it would look weird. Also, my nails have been super brittle the last few weeks (stress?) and so what if another one breaks? Ugh of course this would happen haha
Post # 7
Get the full set done like 3 days before the wedding. Two weeks is too long and if you still have a lot of things to do, you risk damaging them and/or breaking another one.
Post # 8
Replace the broken nail and gel the rest for strength. Thats your best bet for now. You can wait until the weekof and definItely start applying nail sstrengthner. I use essie all in one.
Post # 9
@lauramae89: I’d find the best nail salon first… Who cares if it’s more pricey, they will do the best job (and you totally deserve it right now). You can ask them to put a tip on just that nail and explain that it must be the exact same length and shape as your other nails. You could ask them today, so you know if it’s possible.
Whenever I have fake nails, I ask for them to be super short. Sometimes I have to argue with the people, but in the end, I get what I want and I’m totally happy with it.
The other thing you could so is cut all of your nails short like your broken one. That way they’ll all be the same length — two weeks can actually give you a decent amount of growth.
There are supplements you can take if you aren’t already – biotin and Omega are great.
And since you’re nails are brittle now, Shellac them ASAP! It will help protect them 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
My nails usually grow out a significant amount in two weeks. Just trim the other nails a bit so you don’t have one that dwarfs the others. And if you get a professional French manicure, they will use the white on the tip of your nail to make all your nails look even. That’s my best advice.
Good luck! And remember that only you will care about your nails. No one else will be looking there. I had a similar freak out when I couldn’t get a manicure before my brother’s wedding. But I quickly realized that no one cared.
Post # 11
I’ve had luck sculpting new nails over a broken one using super glue, teabag paper, and light grit sand paper. The upside is they looked more natural than and fake option I’ve seen (too thick. Look like plastic to me.) the down side is they were brittle and easy to chip doing day to day stuff, so I would put it off until a day or two prior.
Post # 12
a good nail tech can make them all look even. a fake nail doesn’t have to be super long.
find a GOOD salon and ask.
Post # 13
@lauramae89: just get a tip put on that nail! no biggie!
Post # 14
@Christy42213: No use typing my response because you already wrote exactly what I wanted to! lol Great minds think alike, right? 🙂
Post # 15
@lauramae89: I had the same crisis last week- it broke SO SHORT. I tried to have them glue it but it was too far gone.
I’m giving it two weeks to grow and if its still too short I’ll have them put a tip on just that one. I also got shellac to protect the restof them!
Post # 16
Does anyone have experience with filling gel? Does it look good? It’s driving me so crazy that I don’t know if I can handle not having a nail there.. It broke so short it actually hurt because it was down to the skin. I’m at the point where I almost just want to get the gel now and fill it a couple days before the wedding to avoid not having a nail for two weeks
unfortunately I live in a very small town.. We have all of one place that does gel manicures so my options are limited. Ugh I should have shellaced my nails a long time ago to prevent this.. Live and learn.
How bad will the gel kill my nails?
eta: thanks for all the advice! I love the idea of shellac now until they grow out.. I’m still considering that option!