Post # 1
I have terrible nails. My fiance loves long nails, but mine break too easily. I’m going to try pre-natals before the wedding to strengthen them, but I have no faith this is actually going to work.
Did you wear natural nails or fake nails? I hate acrylics; plus I cannot function with long nails. They seems so…outdated or something. What other materials can fake nails be done in?
Post some pictures of your wedding hands for inspiration!
Post # 3
Finally a post I literally know tons about! LOL. I have a thyroid problem that prevents my nails from being strong enough to grow them out. But I love medium length nails and love to paint my nails. Here’s what FINALLY worked for me and I’ve kept it up almost two years now.
Target brand prenatal vitamins, you’ll need to take these for 3 to 4 months prior to the wedding.
Two extra strength Tums a day for the calcium.
Twice a week do a mini mani…apply one coat Nailtek II foundation. Apply one coat Nailtek II therapy over that. You can apply another coat of the therapy in between the mini manis if you want, it might make them feel more strong so you don’t pick or play with your nails.
Every single day moisturize, you cannot do this enough. Either use Solar Balm or Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle cream five to six times a day rubbing into your cuticles. Apply hand lotion a couple of times a day. Personally I use Sally Hansen 18 hour.
Keep this up for a few months and you’ll definitely have better looking nails you can paint. If you can at night put lotion on and then gloves over that and sleep with them a few nights a week. Personally I can’t do this part, it drives me nuts.
Oh, and all these items can be found at Ulta and some CVS stores.
Post # 4
@notasaint: your nails look great!! Do you have a french manicure painted on them?
I have craptastic nails – always have! When I got engaged and everyone started asking to see my ring, I was always a little hesitant to show my full hand because my nails always looked so shabby compared to my sparkly little friend!
So, I quickly discovered (by recommendation from a friend) Broadway nails. They are temporary fake nails – yes, just like “Lee Press-on Nails” from back in the day! But they are a nice, short length, really easy to apply and they stay on for a long time. My fiance used to make fun of me for wearing them – UNTIL he heard SOOO many people compliment my nails. I wore them (whenever I felt like – special occasions, etc.) for 2 years before my wedding and naturally, wore them on my wedding day as well. Love them. They are perfect for someone who doesn’t want to make the commitment to great nails (either to constantly manicuring them or getting acrylics). Let me see if I can find a hand pic from my wedding….
Post # 5
Actually, I only have a very sheer polish on in that pic, my tips are naturally very white for some reason. That was only about two months of growth. I keep them shorter now though, I type a lot at work so it’s not possible to keep them that length.
I’m very familiar w/ Broadway nails! They are great!! I just chopped all my nails off last night since I had been doing yardwork and ruined them. If they don’t grow enough for the wedding I’ll be using Broadway nails for sure. I stubbed my toe a few weeks ago so I may just have to get the toe nails too since I’m wearing flip flops.
Can you tell I’m obsessed with nails?!
Post # 6
Thanks @notasaint!! I also have Graves disease, which is a thyroid problem so maybe that’s why my nails are so awful. I’m going to try your tricks though and pray to the nail gods that they work because my nails are not up to par for a wedding and I hate the feel of acrylics!
Post # 7
Order a bottle of White (decolorized) Iodine, use a small paintbrush or makeup brush and paint it on your nails (with no nail polish on) morning and night for one week, it’s incredible how strong and healthy it makes them.
After one week, do it every few days and then just once a week for maintenance.
I have the most brittle nails ever and this stuff is amazing!
Post # 8
I second MrsK2b’s Broadway nails suggestion. I had never heard of them before but a friend told me about them so we slapped them on the night before and they were fantastic! We actually bought 2 packages (for only $6 a piece)and got 4 sets out of them!
Post # 9
Here’s a pic of my wedding nails. They’re actually my natural nails, although everyone thought they were acrylics!
I used to have horrible brittle and weak nails. I started getting acrylics to stop myself from biting them. Once I broke that habit, I stopped getting acrylics and it took a good length of time after that for the nails to start strengthening and growing out from the acrylics.
Post # 10
The picture I attached is of one of my client’s. It’s a bit BOLDER than the usual french nailed bridal look. But thought it might be an interesting “Show off”. The prenatal vitamins should help with your nails along with tea tree oil treatments for your cuticle.
Post # 11
O! I forgot to mention the details….
the color: is like a dark purple with a hint of sparkle in it. She bedazzled her ring finger with rhinestones.
Post # 12
I know this is a little late for this thread. But… I have brittle nails just like you! I use this amazing paint on stuff that works like non other!
You have to be diligent about putting it on every day but it dries which helps because I have no patience for sitting waiting for polish to dry especially if I had to do it every day! With vitamins this may be a good thing to try!