(Closed) real or fake nails. that is the question :)

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Worker bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2001

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
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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.

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