(Closed) Gel/Acrylic Nail Alternatives???

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Honey bee

There’s also silk and fiberglass.

Post # 5
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894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Instead of Gel nails have you tried a gel manicure on your natural nails to let them grow out healthy and strong?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Keltaena:  Shellac is THE BEST gel nail polish. I have tried Gelish as well and I hated it.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

AlexaN:  They have longer lasting nail polishes that can be taken off with nail polish remover and won’t ruin your nails like Vinylux

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