(Closed) Missing Toenails

posted 9 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My aunt had surgery and no longer has a toenail on her big toe, so when she paints her toenails she just “paints” on a toenail where it used to be. Not sure if that is helpful, but it’s really only noticable if you are looking really closely.

Post # 4
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Haha, I’ve never personally used an acryllic, but I had a friend who did.  It looked pretty realistic, especially since she painted them all red to match. 

I’d think that if it’s started peeking out 2mm, it should be fairly long by August.  They come from quite a ways back in your toe so it’s been growing invisibly for a while.  Maybe take a pre-natal vitamin, as those have lots of good stuff for growing nails fast/strong.

Post # 5
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You’ll have it back by then. Only July 4th, a paramedic dropped a bed on my foot while transferring a patient and it ripped my great right toenail off completely. Talk about pain. I thought I broke it too and couldn’t walk for days. Anyways my toe nail is 3/4 the way grown back. 

Post # 6
2977 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I 2nd the prenatal vitamin. I took them for a few months leading up to my wedding and all the nutrients in them made my hair and nails grow super long and strong. Toenails grow twice as slowly as fingernails, remember, so it may benefit you to get foot massages regularly to keep blood flowing to your feet. 

Post # 7
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I haven’t, but you might want to think about taking vitamins to make it grow faster. I’ve been taking Biotin to try to grow out my hair for my wedding, and my nails have been growing so fast!

Post # 8
123 posts
Blushing bee

Take vitamins and it should grow back by then.I swear by taking prenatal vitamins, people think I’m crazy but they are so good for you. I love having long, shiny, healthy hair and great nails.

Post # 9
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ugh I feel your pain! This past summer I was backpacking and we hiked a ton. By the end of the trip my big toe nails were bruised, I had insane blisters, etc. Again, that was last summer… And just last week, the part that had been bruised under the nail (which continued to elevate and bump up over the months) finally came off and I have 1/4 a nail on both big toes! 🙁 I’ve never had a pedicure and was waiting for the wedding to et the first one, but with my wedding being 5 month out I think I amscrewed. Also, my wedding shoes are open toed. Guess I will just have to grin and bear it. My fiancé loves me anyways even if I barely have any toe nails on our wedding day. Ha!

Post # 10
2099 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Lost the exact same toenail that you did labor day weekend – it is just now almost back – my hope is that it is completely normal by the wedding – yours should be fine in another couple of months

Post # 11
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree that it should be fine by summer. However, if it’s not acrylics should work. My mom no longer has the toenail on her big toes (LONG story). She loves open toed shoes (peep toes, flip flops, etc). When she was talking about it at her salon, the nail girl decided to take it on as a challenge and now my mom uses some sort of glue (I can ask her if you want – but its a skin safe one) and fake nails and glues them to her skin. She has them painted to match her pedicures and then in the summer carries a few extras in her purse and some glue.

Post # 12
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

You and me both will be hoping to grow our nails out by August 2013! lol. I have worn acrylics for a little while now, and here would be my 2 cents…

Definitely try them out a few times before the wedding. It took me a few different times of wearing them to really get them shaped so that they looked natural to the shape of my toe. You may want to experiment! Don’t be afraid to use clippers and scissors to shape them and try out different ones.

Depending on how far back your nail has grown, you will want to consider opaque shades. I have a little bit of a nail to attach the fake ones too, but you can see the glue through the fake nail. And sheer shades don’t entirely cover it. But they have all kinds of beautiful pastel shades that are opaque, so if you were going for, say, a french manicure, be mindful of the glue showing through.

As a PP pointed out, you will definitely want to carry extras. I have found that they will either come off easier the first few days that i’ve had them on, or after they’ve been on for a long time. But, it could be different for you if you will be putting them on your skin rather than on what amount of nail would grow back.

Post # 13
2334 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I just finished reading ‘How I planned your wedding’ by susan & elizabeth wiggs (super funny btw), and the daughter runs a maranthon right beore her wedding and loses a toe.  She got a pedicure and just had the nail-area painted like the other toes and wore peeptoes.

Post # 14
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree that it should be back; however, I did use acrylic for about 2 years on my big toe and it worked flawlessly!  I thought it would be weird asking the nail technician, but apparently they do it all the time – so no biggie asking 🙂

Post # 15
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it will probably grow back in time, but I also second the ppl who say paint on a nail if it’s not there. I have really tiny, weird nails on my baby toes, so I just paint on a larger nail all the time. You really can’t tell unless you look very close. 

Post # 16
1 posts
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’ve finally found a solution for missing toenails that worked for me – henna dye! I had the nails on my big toes removed 20 years ago and tried everything except a real tattoo (too scared), but recently tried a henna dye from earthhenna.com that works great.  It’s actually a lip dye that comes in a tube in a variety of colors – I used burgundy – use the fine tip side to draw the nail, and the blunt side to fill it in – paint the rest of your toes to match.  Touch up once a day and your set! It stains your skin do there’s no danger of a fake nail flying off at the wrong time (been there!)

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