Post # 1
Just a random question. Do you all let your nails ‘air out’ so to speak between paintings? What I mean is do you remove your polish and then let them be bare for a day or two before repainting to make sure they’re getting oxygen? Not sure if it’s necessary, I just don’t want my nails getting all funky because they’re not able to breathe! I noticed with my toe nails it is an absolute necessary, if I don’t, they turn yellow and brittle! After a week of no polish on them, they’re back to normal! Crazy right? I’ve been painting my fingers more often.. and noticed they’ve gotten a little brittle… so maybe there is some merit to it? Two days of no polish and they already look/feel less brittle.
Post # 3
@Woodstock: I LOVE the look of nail polish. I might air them out on a day that I’m hanging around the house and doing nothing.
Right now I’m a waiting bee and I like to keep up with my waiting mainicure because I would hate to have a proposal occur and not have my nails look fabulous!!
Post # 4
@Woodstock: I never have my nails painted and they are hard as a rock and grow like crazy. Maybe that is why?
Post # 5
my nails break if I don’t keep them polished. I do them once a week and I’ll take my polish off first thing in the morning, moisturize them and then paint them in the evening, so they get the day to air out.
Post # 6
@Woodstock: Yeah I’ve noticed that when I polish my nails for too many weeks in a row they become brittle and are more prone to splitting. I’ll leave them bare for a week or so before I polish them again, which seems to help.
I use Gelous as a base and top coat though, which, although it’s awesome and keeps my mani chip-free for at least like 6 days, it can dry your nails out and make them brittle. So that might be why.
Post # 7
So I know just by doing some prelim research on this topic… it apparently doesn’t matter… but the polish does account for discoloration of your nails. It’s the acetone that dries out your nails and makes the more brittle. So I guess I should invest in some oils to moisturize my nails!
ETA: I still feel airing them out helps a lot.
Post # 8
I can’t keep nail polish on my fingernails for very long before they suffer- I have to limit myself to one manicure a month or less. They definitely peel and get dried out.
My toenails are fine though- I keep them painted from April-October every year with no apparent ill effects.
Post # 9
I only paint my nails for ultra-fancy occasions. I have SUPER fragile nails (even pregnant!)
Post # 10
If I do let them “air out” it’s because I’m a lazy b. Right now my nails look pretty horrible with the paint chipping, I’m even too lazy to remove the polish 🙁 Maybe I’ll get to it tonight LOL.
Post # 11
@Woodstock: Shockingly enough I’ve always had nail polish on since about 1989 (mom started painting my nails in kindergarten). I have never, ever gone an entire day without nail polish since then.
Post # 12
I’m a 50/50 type of girl! Either they’re just nicely filed (I love square tips! :D) or simple french manicure with this Sally Hansen miraclw growth that make my nails look prettyyyyyyy
Post # 13
@futurebridetobee: +1 love square tips and I take pride in doing my own nails to look like this.
Additionally: I used to get my nails done with acrylics and my nails used to take quite a beating because of this. But I give myself a new maincure once a week and I’ve not seen the nail polish cause any issues ever. I only use OPI and Essie nail colors.
Post # 14
No, not really. My nails are polished 80% of the time. The only time I didn’t have them painted in the last year was when I went on my honeymoon. We only brought carry-on bags for 3 weeks in Europe, so bringing all my nail stuff (base coat, color, top coat, files, clippers, etc.) was out of the question.
Post # 15
Sometimes I give them a day or so to breath.. but I’d say 90% of the time they are painted. I don’t notice any discoloring on my finger nails, but after a summer of my toe nails painted 24/7 I notice it. Once flip flop season is over I take my toe nail polish off til it’s time to wear the flips again.. so they get a few months to breath & I definitely notice the new growth is much whiter than the older nail.
Post # 16
hahah yea I’m in FL so I have my toes painted YEAR ROUND! b/c I wear flip flops/sandals pretty much year round… even when it’s chilly out!