Post # 17
I don’t know yet. I’ve gone through phases of doing fake nails, and I really like them but can’t really justify the expense right now…a short french maincure-style set of acrylics looks really nice and very classy, if you ask me!
Post # 18
I opted for using my real nails. I got my manicure (french) the day before my wedding and it lasted through my mini-moon. I had fake nails put on once for my cousins wedding and it was a big mistake. I have pretty good nails, but once the fake ones came off they were weak, brittle and breaking all of the time. It took a year and a half to get my normal nails back. I told myself never again. I didn’t think twice about using my real nails for my wedding.
Post # 19
I used to have fake nails, but I always seemed to have stuff stuck between my real nails and the fake ones. Also, I’m not a fan of ruining your nails for one day. I’m planning on getting a mani/pedi the day before, but not applying acryllic.
Has anyone ever tried the gel? Is it as damaging to your nails?
Post # 20
I’m still debating this. I’m a nail biter, who’s gone acrylic in the past. I love the look and am very tempted.
Post # 21
Miss Melissa – depends on the tactic they use, but typically yes. To get the gel to bond, they tend to have to grind your real nail so it is a rough surface – that is where a lot of damage comes in, combined with the checmicals. I found all fake nails are terrible for my real ones.
Post # 22
I would never do fakes again! Had them once (acryllics), and they basically destroy your natural nail and it is terrible when you take them off. I agree, try some of the strengthening/hardening products to help grow your nails and just have a manicure on your natural nails instead. Ask for a good top coat to avoid chipping on the HM!….or hit the spa while you’re there for a touch up
Post # 23
I felt most comfortable with my natural nails, so I just did a simple french manicure. It actually lasted well into our honeymoon.
Post # 24
To those taking prenatal vitamins, is that safe? I thought those for people who were trying to have a baby? I know it’s just vitamins, but I wanted to know what’s in the brand you guys are taking?
I would love to give my hair a boost!
Post # 25
I’m doing fake — my nails are horribly weak (regardless of the supplements I take) and I want them to be even and chip-free. However, I may try the Essie route as suggested above.
Post # 26
I’ve never had professional fake nails, but I’ve used the kits before and they last me a while and look great. Added bonus is that they didn’t really destroy my natural nail, there’s a little bit of damage but nothing horrible. I’ve been debating this myself tho, because I do like the look of acrylics and every manicure I’ve had lasts a day at best, no matter what I do because I always manage to chip the polish. I may just end up buying a nicer kit to do myself, so I have the look of fake but not the price or damage.
Post # 27
I will be going with my natural nails – I’m not a fan of fake nails on me, and I like to keep my nails pretty short.
For those looking for a vitamin, I’ve had good luck with the Trader Joe’s Women’s Formula – it "supports healthy hair, skin, and nails" and contains biotin. You could also just take biotin in addition to your regular multivitamin, or take prenatals as others have suggested.
Post # 28
I’m a big fan of real nails. I used to get my nails done ALL the time and now I always just do weekly manicures. If you want longer nails though, I would try microwraps. They can do them on your natural nail or add tips. And when you take them off, your nail isn’t damaged.
Post # 29
I’m more a fan of real nails so that’s what I’m doing, but I think every bride has to do what she thinks will make her happiest! I’m having a Destination Wedding in Cancun and am planning on getting my nails done the day before the wedding at the hotel spa.
Post # 30
I wanted to go natural, but the week before the wedding, it seemed like I was breaking a nail every time I turned around. I went fake, but hate what it does to my nails. Wedding was April 25 and I’m STILL trying to get my nails back to their healthy old selves.