Post # 1
Since becoming engaged, I’ve become a total fiend about keeping my fingernails nicely done. In the past, I’d polish them maybe once a month and let it chip off, or I’d pick at my polish until I got bored with it.
Now, I do self-manicures once or twice a week and make sure my nails are presentable. I also take Biotin vitamin supplements to make them stronger. (That’s for my hair too. I want it long and luxurious for the big day!)
What about everyone else…do you take greater care with your fingernails, now that you’re engaged?
Post # 3
I paid a little bit of extra attention to them, mostly in terms of length and taking care of my cuticles, but I didn’t get (or give myself) manicures or anything.
Post # 4
I can’t sing the praises of a gel manicure high enough! I usually paint my nails myself though, and I try not to have any chips.
Post # 5
@miz fizzix: Ive always been a little obsessive about my nails, but I did get a french manicure the first few months of being engaged 🙂
I dont mean to threadjack but how do those vitamins work? My hair is super thin and Ive been thinking about taking something to help, but not sure if its worth it.
Post # 6
@Gemstone: I always (at the very least) have a clear coat on now! I’m too cheap to pay someone to do them though.
Post # 7
@Bostongrl25: I got the supplements at Walgreens, and I take one 5000 mcg tablet per day when I eat my breakfast in the morning. I read that it works best with other B vitamins, so I take a Women’s Multivitamin along with it for good measure.
Biotin allegedly promotes hair and nail growth, since it is responsible for cell reproduction and also helps metaboize some amino acids and fatty acids in your body. By breaking down those things more effectively, your body has greater cell production and hence, your hair and nails end up growing stronger and potentially longer. It has to be taken orally, since your skin doesn’t absorb it very well, so products (shampoos, for example) that claim to contain biotin probably don’t actually work in that way.
I’ve only been taking them for about 3.5 weeks, but my nails are growing noticeably faster, and the nail closer to the base of my finger feels a little thicker than the nail higher up. I’m hoping that once they grow out all the way, they’ll be thicker and less prone to breaking.
I can’t speak for the hair benefits personally yet, since it hasn’t been very long. However, my older sister took Biotin a few years ago and it worked really well for her. Her hair was still not super thick (we both inherited thin hair…thanks Mom!), but she said it made it a lot stronger and caused her hair to grow more quickly.
I will say that I find myself a little thirstier now, so I have to drink a lot more water. I read that was common, so if you decide to give it a go, make sure you get yourself a water bottle to carry just in case!
Post # 8
I’ve been taking biotin and as a nail biter there is a noticeable difference! before whenever i would try and grow them out, they would always tear at the sides. now they are nice and strong and i haven’t chewed (except my thumb nails) since august.
also, my hair has always grown fast, but i’d say it’s growing closer to a full inch a month versus the 1/2-3/4″ before. here was my hair in august, and here it is now (ignore my lack of makeup in the second pic):
Post # 9
@redheadem: I’ve been doing gel for about 2 months… omg… best nail invention ever!
Post # 10
I definitely keep them up now where I didn’t before. I had acrylics for about 6 months after I was first engaged but now I usually do the Red Carpet Manicure/Gelish manicure. It’s amazing and I love being able to do it myself.
Post # 11
I was actually a terrible nail bitter when we got engaged…the first photos I took of my ring to show friends and family out of state were so embarresing so sense I have grown them out and keep them painted and well taken care of, just because it makes me feel good to look down and see my beautiful rings and beautiful nails!