From acrylic to natural

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From acrylic to natural
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Fri, 12-10-2010 - 7:35pm

Hi all,

I have been having my natural nails coated with acrylic with a gel overlay for about 3 months now. They looked great and I really liked them. I have been thinking about going back to natural, however. Yesterday, when I went for a fill, they recommended I remove them and start a new set (yellowing on the tips, showing age). So I decided it was time to go natural. It was so painful having the acrylic removed that I decided I should STAY natural. I am now using a four day thickening formula from Sally Hansen and a cuticle/nail conditioner, to hopefully improve the condition of my nails over the next week. They are still very tender and painful. Should I be doing anything to help, or just let the thickening formula (hopefully) do a little strengthening and check the condition in four days?

 

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Sat, 12-11-2010 - 12:41pm

Hi Catherine! I would give it a while. Your naturals nails are going through a tough time adjusting and

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Sun, 12-12-2010 - 1:30am

After doing more reading, there is also a recommendation to soak the nails for 15-30 minutes in olive oil once a week, and bath oil for 5 minutes daily. Could using the olive oil daily be damaging? I know a bit more expensive, but I'm thinking healing here, and think if it will work better, the cost and time are worth it.

 

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Sun, 12-12-2010 - 9:09am

Not at all! I would think the olive oil would be beneficial. It doesn't hurt to try it.

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Sun, 12-12-2010 - 9:12am

You might want to try a product called Solar Oil.

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Fri, 12-17-2010 - 9:41pm

Thank you for the suggestions. I have just been using the olive oil, since I have it on hand. The strengthener seems to be working. I already needed to cut them down a little shorter once. The nails aren't so tender now, but they are awfully brittle. The consensus seems to be that if I just wait another week or so, I can get gels. I say "I haven't got time for the pain." I'm just going to deal with the natural, get regular manicures every couple of weeks, and enjoy my short nails. Sounds healthiest to me.

 

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 8:52pm

Update: My nails are getting stronger. I met a woman at church who used to do nails, and she told me not to use the strengthener directly on the nail, as the gel it had in it would damage the nail. That advice came after I realized that the strengthener had adhered itself to some parts of my nails, and I couldn't get it off, so I'd removed it. She said to go ahead and paint them as usual, so I'm just using it as a top coat. They are still as brittle as always, but no more pain. She has given me a bunch of tools, including some files I've never seen. I will have to ask her what to do with them, because I don't really know. Anyway, just thought I'd post my experience in the hopes that it might be helpful to someone else.

I am back to short, natural nails and fine with them! I have a very light, frosty blush color on them, since the polish does tend to chip a lot. I seem to be able to get away with chips until I can fix them that way. I still end up repainting every two-three days; maybe as they get stronger and the last bit of strengthener still left on the tips grows out, this will change. But if not, redoing my nails is a bit of me time in the evenings (which dh is after me to take to relax before bed, anyway).

 

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Sat, 02-05-2011 - 9:48am

Thanks for the update. I'm glad to hear your nails are improving ;-)