Nail trauma 10 weeks out from my wedding!!

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
37 posts

10 weeks is enough time that it should be grown out pretty far down your nail, if not close to the end where it could possibly be clipped off. I don’t think putting acrylics over it would work, as the primer and acrylic monomer could seep down under your nail. Plus the drill might damage the sensitive part exposed. What about press-on nails? They’ve come a long way from the Kiss brand at the drugstore (though I like those sometimes!) and you can find the shape and designs you want. You could try Etsy or even Amazon and you could very carefully place the glue so it doesn’t touch the damaged part. 

Post # 3
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

You could take biotin or prenatal vitamins to speed up your hair/nail growth. 

Post # 4
6799 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Can’t they just put a tip on that one instead of a full nail? No one will be looking at your fingers that closely. I smashed the hell out of my thumb a mere week before the wedding. They just painted right over it with gel, which had the added bonus of keeping it together. 

Post # 5
1131 posts
Bumble bee

I take 10,000 micrograms of biotin every morning, and my nails grow like crazy! I keep them short for work, and I have to cut them at least once a month. They used to be brittle and break, and will grow as long as I’ll let them now. Don’t paint or do anything to your nail while it’s growing. I agree with mintjulep20 about the press-on kind. Can you have your manicurist add a press-on to just this one nail? I would not want to risk nail fungus to the nail as it’s pretty exposed. 

Post # 6
520 posts
Busy bee

Take biotin!!

Post # 7
1647 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

Seconding all the PP who suggested biotin, also drink plenty of water, and make sure to get enough protein. 

I’d also get some nail oil – which you can mix yourself for much cheaper with some jojoba oil and vit e oil. Apply that a couple times a day and that will help prevent further breakage, keep the new growth healthier and stronger, and make your cuticles look nice and pretty.

Depending on how fast your nails grow 10 weeks should be enough time for the damage to be far enough down your nail that you can do acrylics, but if not, I agree with the press on nails suggestion. 

Post # 8
719 posts
Busy bee

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Beth7210 :  You’ll be totally fine. Your nail may not be 100%, but you’ll absolutely be able to have fake nails. I also do not suggest doing acrylic. Do a tip with dip powder- it is much less heavy on your nail and looks far more natural. 

Nail related story: I split my big toe completely in half and shattered the tip of it in June. The nail had to be removed. I already had a full nail back in just over 6 months (albeit is very ugly lol). They didn’t think I would ever have a nail again because of the trauma and look at me now! You’ll be good to go 🙂

ETA: Oh! But, I was drinking either homemade celery or cucumber juice every day for about 2 months after (Not on purpose, it was just part of my routine at the time) and I seriously credit this to what I saw as a very fast recovery! 

Post # 10
31 posts
  • Wedding: April 2022 - UK

I used to be a nail tech and to be honest I would be very surprised if that was completely grown out and healed within 10 weeks! 

Following what someone else has said, try and be as careful as possible with your nails in the mean time and use nail oil (I find almond oil the best), wear gloves whenever doing manual work etc. and perhaps look into getting sculpted nails instead of acrylics for your wedding – they tend to be a bit more gentle on your actual nail bed. Be warned though that if there is still an obvious trauma on the nail then many salons will refuse to work on it.

Post # 11
42 posts

Just FYI before you take biotin—I took it in hopes of growing my hair out faster for awhile and it definitely broke me out, and I’m not overly breakout prone. And the impact it had on my hair and nail growth was minimal. I wouldn’t risk it so close to your wedding; surely a decent nail tech will be able to make it look okay and you’ll probably only have 1-2 photos where your hand is even that noticeable.

Post # 12
234 posts
Helper bee

That should be plenty of time!

Personally…I switched from acrylic to sculpted gel and have not looked back. I have a job doing logistics and training in a warehouse, so I know what you mean about hard on your hands. Doing this has only strengthened my nails. I can actually go 3-4 weeks with them on now…and when I have broken one here and there, the nail under is always thick and healthy, unlike when I had acrylic. 

… I know that wasn’t the advice asked for but when I see someone else as hard on their hands as me, I am like…LET ME TELL YOU hahahaha 

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