(Closed) Manicure Help!!!!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve done gel manicures several times.   They do way less damage then acrylics, but there is still some damage.  When I’ve done gels, its always on my natural nail, so if your nails are super short right now, they still will be with the gels on, they’ll just look nicer.  In your situation I’d probably go with a gel manicure, and leave it on as long as I could to allow healthy nail to grow out behind it.  

If you are still having to clean with bleach get some rubber gloves, or ask your job for some.  Just let them know the bleach is irritating your skin and make sure to wear the gloves when you use it. 

Post # 4
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901 posts
Busy bee

I always have a gel manicure. If it’s removed properly, the damage to the natural nail is very minimal. The only thing that weakens mine is the buffind that is required to rough up the nail so the polish sticks. That’s not bad at all, though.

Wear gloves when you’re cleaning with bleach! It’s a very toxic substance! Also, it’s corrosive and might ruin a gel manicure anyway.

Post # 6
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11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Please don’t get acrylics. They look awful and aren’t sanitary. Gel (as in, gel polish) goes over your natural nail just like a regular manicure, but is much stronger and has no dry time.

Post # 8
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You don’t normally get tips with a gel manicure. Acrylics are considered unsanitary because when the glue the tip on and apply the acrylic there can be air pockets left under it.  Bacteria and other nastyness can grow in those pockets and be spread to anything you touch.  This is why a lot of medical and food service places don’t allow fake nails.  Gels still have some risk of trapping and growing bacteria, but its a smaller risk then with Acrylics.  

Post # 9
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500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have been getting gel manicures now for 2 years and it saved my nails I was in a same situation and this was the thing that got my nails back highly recommend gel /shellac manicures 

Post # 11
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901 posts
Busy bee

@SeaBabe:  Yes, you can paint over it as many times as you want as long as you use non-acetone remover.

Post # 12
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1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The #1 saviour to nails is gloves. If your dipping your hands into the bleach solution or even doing the dishes you need to buy cotton lined rubber gloves, you can get them at the dollar store. Soaking nails in water is going to cause splitting and will weaken the nail beds. Any time your nail technician wants to soak your nails in water, ask her to skip that step. When you soak your nails and they use files and other abrasvive tools on your nails, it will only weaken your nails further.

Acrylics are the worst thing for your nails, ever. Acrylics can cause fungus, dehydration, weaken the nails beds and can bring on infections years after wearing them.

Gels are your best choice. Just find a technician who knows what their doing, get some refferals from friends and co-workers because if not applied properly can have the same effects as acrylics.

Using gloves is going to be your best option though, you’ll grow back your nails on your own. NailTek is a really great system. They have various lines depending on your nail problem. You would do it on your own at home and can avoid the salon all together.

Sorry about the lengthy post. I’m a little obsessed with all nail things related and I’ve gone to school for it. I decided to go in a different profession, but continue to do nails for friends and family.

Post # 13
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11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SeaBabe:  No, you cannot paint over other polish with more polish. A gel/Shellac manicure is just a different kind of nail polish. 

Post # 15
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@SeaBabe:  I think they tell you not to paint over them, but as long as the original polish isn’t chipped, I’ve painted over with a new color and top coat and they’ve done ok.  I use the softer side of a nail buffer on them first, then apply paint and top coat. Just no nail polish remover as it will take off the gel stuff thats making your nails harder/nice looking.    I’ve had the best luck going from something like a French manicure to a soft pink, to a darker pink, red purple etc. I tried going from a dark to light color and it didn’t work out great, it showed through a little.

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