(Closed) Getting rid of acrylics

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 19
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1460 posts
Bumble bee

I wore an acrylic overlay for about 10 years…since I was 15. I never wore them long or anything because I play the guitar so they were ridiculously short but my nails were just dependent on them. Having them off was painful, it literally made me feel queasy to play, scratch my skin, tap my fingers etc because they were sooooo thin and brittle. They grew out so I’m fine now. I wear clear polish religiously in between my biweekly manicures but it still sucks because regular polish lasts about 5 minutes. I get gel polish when I need my mani to last but at $50, that doesn’t happen often. Sucks because my overlay was literally $15 every 2 weeks. Can’t beat that price…just not worth the aftermath.

Post # 20
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1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@MrsPaperFlowers:  That might be my fault, I’m in an out of the spam filter for some reason today, but once the post clears, it takes its original spot in the order instead of getting posted as new. 

Biotin is really cheap and easy to find as a supplement by itself, and also often shows up as an ingregient in women’s multivitamins. 

Post # 21
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358 posts
Helper bee

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@MrsPaperFlowers:  You can usually find them at a health food store or even Whole Foods.  Worse case scenario you can probably order them online.  I personally like the UDO’s Choise 3-6-9 blend.

Post # 22
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224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

BEST decision I’ve ever made for nails was to get them off! Like PP’s I’ve had them for years and loved how the polish would never chip. Even had them for my wedding. 

Tip for strengthening your nails back up? Biotin. 

Post # 23
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11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsPaperFlowers: I had same thing as 

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@HappySky7: when I had them done for our wedding where my nails were so thin afterwards. It took 6 months at least for them to return to normal. I haven’t have them since and wouldn’t. I’d rather have Shellac.

Post # 24
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3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m having the same problem. I have acrylics on right now because I had them put on just before the wedding, but to be honest I just want short/active length real nails that are strong & beautiful.

I do not remember a day, even in early childhood, when I didn’t bite my nails. I think I am going to go ahead & let them grow out as much as possible & then soak them in pure acetone to take them off. Then I’m going to get a gel manicure so that they won’t look so beat up. I’ll maintain that until my nails have grown out a bit & are stonger on their own.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@MrsPaperFlowers:  It might be, but not necessarily. When I was looking for a regular women’s multivitamin, I’d say about half or 2/3 of them had it, but the dosage was also very different. Some had like 20% the recommended daily dosage, and others had 100%. I just picked one that had 100% daily of both biotin and calcium. If you don’t want to spend all day reading ingredients in the vitamin aisle, I found mine pretty easily on Amazon. 

Post # 27
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4845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@MrsPaperFlowers:  No, there was a special powder that showed where handwashing had failed to remove dirt and bacteria. It’s used in hand hygiene demonstrations at the hospital I work at. 

 

Post # 28
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2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

-puts on nail technician hat-

constant application and filling of acrylic nails will do a ton of damage to your nails, especially when not done appropriately. anyone who tells you otherwise, is either lying or uneducated. a lot of damage is done, and much of it can be permanent. uneducated nail techs are at fault. they don’t teach acrylics in school. they teach what’s on the test- there is one acrylic application, on one nail, on the test.

-takes off nail tech hat-

the only thing that i’ve found will rewind that damage is a nail strengthener, and biotin or other vitamins. when i was working in salons, we would use nailtek intensive therapy on super thin damaged nails. then once they were stronger, we would use rejuvacoat. i also would keep a bottle of vitamin e oil in my drawer, and rub that on the nails before applying polish (just be sure to clean the nails properly, or polish won’t adhere). the vitamin e oil is good for your skin and nails. biotin will help, it will also help your hair.

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@MrsPaperFlowers:  when you do have them removed, make sure they are soaked off. DO NOT let them cut the acrylic off. it will do severe damage- it can damage the nail bed.

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