(Closed) I am a grown woman who can not groom my own nails!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I do nothing. I guess I just don’t see it as important. I file and clip as needed but manicures are not enjoyable to me and seem like a giant waste of money. 

Post # 18
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292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used to have thin, peeling nails that never looked nice. Nailtiques Formula 2 did wonders for my nails. I noticed a difference within one week. They got hard and strong enough for all the peeling to grow out so I could file them into a nice shape. After filing I use a buffing block to smooth the tips. Unfortunately I have cuticles that grow like weeds, so I need to remove the excess. A lot of people don’t need to do this at all or just push them back with an orange stick, but I can’t get away with that. I use Nfu Oh Cuticle Remover. It works quickly and very well. I moisturize my cuticles with Lush Lemony Flutter.

As for painting my nails, I’ve found that a good quality base and top coat are very important. I used the Nailtiques Formula 2 as a base coat. It’s not specifically designed as a base coat, but it works well and has the added benefit of being a nail treatment. After the first coat of polish, I wrap the tips. This goes a long way in staving off tip wear and chipping. When I’m done polishing my nails, I take a small detailer brush and some acetone and clean up around my cuticles. Here is a great tutorial. Cleaning up around the cuticles makes a world of difference. My top coat of choice is Seche Vite. It dries extremely fast and shiny, but it does shrink a bit and cause tip wear faster than other top coats. That doesn’t tend to be a problem for me because I switch out my polish frequently. I personally think it’s a small price to pay considering the fast dry time and glassy finish, not to mention it prevents chipping very well.

At first painting with your non-dominant hand will be very difficult and it won’t look perfect. That’s okay. With practice it becomes second nature, and any polish you get “outside the lines” can be cleaned up easily. Just keep at it. Now that I’ve had practice, I don’t think I’d ever go to a salon for a manicure again. It’s relaxing to do and I get better results.

Post # 19
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4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m bad at it too. Some of my fingernails grow out and have a rounded edge, the others are square. I try to file them, but nothing helps. During the summer I get these little blister looking things around them and then they bust and the skin peels. I’ve tried using several products with no luck. If I want pretty nails I have to go have them done. Fingernail polish doesn’t stick either, which really isn’t a problem for me since in clincials my nails can’t even have so much as a clear coat on them. 

So no advice, but I’m an adult and I can’t seem to handle my nails either. 

Post # 20
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872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m no help because I’m totally incompetent when it comes to nails, but wanted you to know you’re not alone. I can barely file my nails, and painting is out of the question.

I am totally digging the new gel manicures though.  Awesome….

Post # 21
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619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@MrsTangerine:  Horizontal ridges happen when you’re really sick, your body pulls its resources from your hair and nails and redirects it to where it’s needed most. Pretty cool, huh? Vertical ridges are fine, I’ve always had them, and they do appear more as you get older.

I second the prenatals, I’ve heard lots of good things.

Invest in a good hand and nail cream, or at least a cuticle oil, that will help. Also carry a nail file with you and take off any rough edges that may peel, split or that you may bite as they happen… Oh, and file in a single motion towards the centre of your nail, as that’s the direction your nail grows in. So file from each side towards the centre.

I’m an acrylics girl through and through, and I learnt all this stuff when I was in training to become a nail tech 🙂

Post # 22
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817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@hopefullbeee:  good tips here 🙂 I’m just always so impatient for all the coats to dry but it really does make a difference

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@Jadite:  Thank you for the tips!

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

I definitely think it’s easier to take care of shorter nails. I would trim them tip length and then file your nails in the shape of your fingertips. Definitely moisturize and take biotin supplements.

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