Ok- so I know what you are thinking…acrylic nails? Didn’t we give those up at the junior prom? And I did – until recently. I had a friend tell me about this about a month ago and I don’t know if I can ever go back to natural nails.
If you have strong, healthy, growing nails – don’t waste your time with these. It is a waste of money and upkeep time.
But- if you are like me and your nails barely grow (they never have), they break when trying to open a can of soda, they chip easily – or especially if you can’t keep polish on your nails because they are too moisturized (or I suppose, oily) to keep the polish on for the whole week it is supposed to stay put.
I tried shellac a month ago, around the time I got started on this. I was able to peel the shellac off my nail beds the night I had it done, with no damage to my nail. It was so odd. I just can’t keep it on – it’s a waste.
So – a friend told me about her acrylics –that to me, looked just like shellac. I loved them and went and tried them the next day.
Warning: don’t go in and get the typical full set.
No tips (this is key)
Super thin acrylic
Very short length
And choose your favorite color and have the manicurist paint them!
The best part about these is how long they last, and how versatile they are. I change up the color of my nails a lot – maybe too much, and I was able to paint them myself 4 times on one set before having them filled.
To maintain your nails – buy a file block and when they start to grow out a bit, file down the length and also the edge that has grown out. It will smooth it out and then you can apply polish over it and it looks good as new! Even if you don’t want colored polish, and you like clear – that works too. You can’t tell the difference- it looks like a natural nail.
Best part is this is cheaper than shellac. I went yesterday and had a fill, manicure and new color for $17.00- and I only need to do this every 4 weeks.