Stupid Stubby Nails- Solutions?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Busy bee

So just to clarify you can get the tips to lengthen your nails regardless of whether you do UV gel or acrylic powder top coat. Acrylic refers to the powder used to harden on top of the nail just like gel would.

My recommendation would be to try acrylic top coat and just to add some short tips to your “stubby” nails until they grow out to match the length of the other nails. I find that acrylic helps my nails grow long because it adds a protective layer on top that prevents them from breakage or chipping, etc.  

The process of preparing the nail in order to adhere either gel or acrylic to it will damage your nails so there really is little argument for/against one or the other that I’ve seen beyond personal preference.  My sister has nails like yours and she is able to get the length with either method.

Good luck! 

 

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

So, press on nails might have a bad rep here, but I use them every so often (usually when I travel). I really like the impress brand, but I bought the kiss brand because I like the color. They have different size options, so if you don’t want long ones look for an “S” (like on the kiss box). They usually come with about 30 nails so you can find them to fit the width, and then they can absolutely be filed shorter if that’s what you want. What I like about them is that they don’t damage my nails the way acrylic or gel does, and they still last me about two weeks. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

You can also try Nexgen, there’s no UV light required and the clear top cost they use it just as long lasting as the gel ones. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I swear by SNS gel.  It’s similar to gel manicures except the color is made from powder.  It runs about $35 at a salon.  Doesn’t damage the nail as much as acrylic.  Lasts up to a month.  My nails grew insanely long Bc they weren’t being damaged underneath the powder.  I’ve since had them cut, but now I do almost a clear coat of powder.  

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Sorry to hear about your nails. I had gel nails done for the past 2 months and after having taken them off for surgery and recovery after, I must say my nails are ruined from the tips. I’m doing the OPI nail envy top coat and dipping my nails in olive oil daily.  So far it’s helping a little bit. Maybe some bees will have better advice but I’ve found gel nails have to be kept up ALL the time because once you get them off your nails will be in horrid shape. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Apple_Blossom I’ve never painted them but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I wore the nude and gold glitter on my most recent vacation and I did file them down a little. It was the first time I used the oval ones and I didn’t love them so long. But after I filed them, they were fine. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

The best nail hardening/growth products I’ve ever tried are from a brand called Witchcraft 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

If you go to a reputable salon, acrylics should not damage your natural nails too bad. I have been getting fill ins for the last year and my nails always look great! I’m a nail biter but I don’t bite my acrylics so my natural nails are able to grow. My salon has a whole wall of OPI and China Glaze polish. I just go in, sign in for a fill in, and pick my color. Typically if you have a regular polish already picked out, they won’t push for gel. I usually use the UV dryer though so you may have to request not to and just be super patient as the polish dries on its own. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Apple_Blossom :  they were probably pushing the gel because it’s more expensive than the acrylic powder (the tips are plastic, not acrylic. The same ones you see in the drug store).  I used to get biogel and then went to a different place that used acrylic powder I stead of the gel. They had the exact same effect in my nail and when painted, no one can tell the difference between them.  But acrylic powder is half the price of gel.  So I’ve stuck with acrylic. 

A lot of people will tell you that gel is better for your nails than acrylic but I’ve used both and they are both hard on your nails because the tech needs to file down your nail bed slightly to ensure the acrylic or gel can adhere to it.  So as far as I can tell it all comes down to what works best on your nails.  

I’ve also had skin cancer and try to avoid UV light if possible, so the fact that acrylic powder air dries in like 10 seconds is helpful in that regard, too! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort

Acrylic should not damage your nails as long as you go to a reputable salon and also take care of them (like no trying to rip them off yourself). I’m a nail tech and I would definitely say the acrylic would be a good option since you can’t use a UV light. Just make sure the if you go for it, you don’t try popping them off yourself or letting someone at a salon pop them off. They should only be soaked off with acetone.

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