Post # 1
Are there any alternatives out there to getting Gel or Acrylic nails? I want something that lasts and looks good. Right now I have Gel nails but I hate what they are doing to my real nails, and I find getting them removed to be a little painful…. its actually really painful in my opinion.
I’m asking because I ran into a girl who had really nice nails, I asked her about them and she said they were “Japanese Paper Nails” they looked just like Gels/Acrylics but she said they lasted longer, didnt damge her real nails at all and had all this good info…. When I looked them up I cant find ANYTHING on them, or where she might have gotten them in town.
LMK… and nobdoy suggest nail hardener or those drug store glue on nails…. LOL
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of “Japanese Paper Nails”. I have had silk top nails, which is bacislly thin paper and glue attached to your nail. The problem with this technique is if you wash your hands a lot they will lift. Right now I have gel nails. I’ve been wearing them on and off for 2+ years. When they take your application off do they soak them or do they file them? I usually only have a little discomfort with the gel if the person doesn’t know what they are doing. I have also taken the gel off myself. Just soak your nails in acetone from the beauty supply until you can gently scrape the gel off. I’ve let it soak for 20-30 minutes. Diffently more time then they soak them at the nail shop. Sometime doing this at home is better because you actually care about your nails!
I’ve also had them file another type of gel off. Didn’t know until it was done that this gel is not meant for natural nails. Of course the nail shop didn’t tell me that! They filed the nail so thin I could fill hot water through my nail!
Just use so good polish!
Post # 4
There’s also silk and fiberglass.
Post # 5
I am worried that they didn’t do your gel nails right. Mine actually made my nails healthier and getting them off was painless. What brand gel polish did they use?
Post # 6
Instead of Gel nails have you tried a gel manicure on your natural nails to let them grow out healthy and strong?
Post # 7
@unixfairy: Yes – this is what I was talking about, gel polish. Try that, works great, no filing down of your real nails and should be painless.
Post # 8
@AlexaN: Removing gel overlays should be painless, and it definitely shouldn’t hurt “a lot”. It sounds like either the tech doesn’t know what they’re doing, or you had it done at a “chop shop” and they are not using proper technique.
As far as alternatives to this process, there are acrylic dip systems which use a brush-on resin and a polymer powder. There are wrap systems, that use either fiberglass or silk. Then there’s “soft gel” which is soak-off gel and gel polishes. Some “gel polishes” are a soft gel/nail polish hybrid, while other brands are pure gel and pigment.
Post # 9
Have you heard of shellac? I haven’t done it myself, but I think I’m going to for the wedding. It’s just like normal nail polish but much harder and will last without chipping for two weeks. You have to have your real nails in pretty good condition though (and at the length you like).
Post # 10
Also what pigment are you having done. If you have really deep red gels nails it might damage a little more than somethign softer. I found gels to make my nail healthy and strong but I have heard horror stories. I think you should look at a better shop next time.
Post # 11
@Keltaena: Shellac is THE BEST gel nail polish. I have tried Gelish as well and I hated it.
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Post # 12
AlexaN: They have longer lasting nail polishes that can be taken off with nail polish remover and won’t ruin your nails like Vinylux