Post # 1
So I literally know nothing about nails… I’m a massage therapist. My nails are always cropped super short and never have polish on them. Our big day is fast approaching (the 16th!) and I don’t know what to do!
So for all you ladies with more experience and knowledge, what do you recomend? I know theres various fake nails which may be an idea with my ugly cropped stubby nails… But what kind? Gels? Other?
Post # 2
I’m a MT too. I hate fake nails, they gross me out. LOL. I’m doing a gel mani in light pink.
Post # 3
Hey that’s great! Thank yoy for the reply. So I’m researching in the background here… are you doing soft or hard gel nails heatherallison? Not generally a fan of fakes either but I’m worried about length (Or lack there of).
Post # 4
I’m gonna bump this because I’m a nurse with the exact same problem as you!! Bump bump bump!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort
A gel manicure (soft gel) will feel the most normal to you and can make a world of difference if you don’t want to go the artificial nail route, plus it’s something you can take off at home. I wouldn’t do hard gel unless you want to keep them on long-term, because it needs to be drilled off, which is a huge hassle since you’ll probably want them gone before you go back to work. Acrylic is your best option if you would like some extra length but won’t be keeping them, because they can just be soaked off with acetone.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
I like a gel manicure with silk extensions. They basically pop the silk on your nails and then pop gel onto that, which hardens them, adds length and protects your nail more than the plastic extensions 🙂
I usually go with soft gel because it’s kinder on your nails and easy enough to soak off. I had all my nails extended for my Wedding because they were a bit stumpy lol
Post # 7
I can’t make much suggestions on the best types of fake nails as I’ve never had them, but if you do get fake nails I would suggest not getting them too long. You’re going to end up really self conscious if you spend 10 minutes trying to pick up a fork because you’re not used to the nails.
Personally when my nails grow out (I prefer them on the shorter side but sometimes I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to trim every week) I find them uncomfortable anyway so I expect long fakes might be the same if you’ve not done them before
Post # 8
I love Shellac 🙂
It is a great option to make your nails look “done” while still looking and feeling like yourself. It lasts 2-3 weeks without chips so is a great option to get a few days before the wedding so you don’t have to worry about them on the day.
I found it also helped to strengthen and protect my nails, and getting my first Shellac manicure was the kick-starter for me getting longer, stronger, healthier nails!
Mine were pretty short and stubby for my first one!
First pic was my third shellac manicure, shortly after getting engaged (it was a little grown out) but they had already grown a lot.
Second pic is my nails now, done at home with regular polish.
Post # 9
I would recommend dipping powder. They aren’t as harsh on your nails as gel, but last just as long. This is powder on my real nail. I like my nails short but my nail beds are long.
Post # 10
Thank you guys so much for the info and suggestions! And thank you nurseybee55 for the bump!