a little rant & rave!!

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Registered: 04-28-2003
a little rant & rave!!
Mon, 04-28-2003 - 7:12am
Hello! you all seem to be understanding & sympathetic, so here goes...

I thought I'd treat myself to extensions + gel overlay, I'd heard they cause little damage to the natural nail.The girl who did them had done the training and was in the "perfecting technique" stages.

The filing and blending was sore, and curing in the lamp almost agony. The finished result wasn't all that attractive, but I filed and shaped them and they looked ok.

Now I'm training as a nail tech myself and realise how poor her technique was! My nails are so thin, in my estimation only a few cells thick- no wonder it was so sore!

So I now do my own gel nails, they look good, but it's going to take a while for the damage to grow out. Surely, if a service is offered to the public the work needs to be of a certain standard.

For the record, if properly applied, extensions and overlays do not cause damage to the natural nail-just make sure you have found a competant nail technician!

Any way thanks for listening, I'm going to rub in some Solar oil now.
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Mon, 04-28-2003 - 9:43am
Nicely said hayley3cats! I couldn't agree with you more. I think it's VERY important to know that it's usually not the nail products that cause damage to the natural nail, it's most likely the nail professional applying the nails that cause damage. I really get bothered by comments like, "I had acrylic nails put on and they just ruined my natural nails, etc....". I've heard it a hundred times. It's so frustrating!

Thank you for your post and your thoughts. Please feel free to visit us anytime and lets educate consumers to get the best and SAFEST nail services possible.

Hope to see you more often!


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Registered: 06-30-2004
Fri, 07-23-2004 - 3:30pm
I know exactly what you mean. I used to have acrylic nails and the when I decided to get them removed the lady had filed my nails so much there were barely anything left...I think I know why they do that. Maybe it's because they want the clients to get discourage of growing out their nails. The most impatient clients will come back quicker to get more artificial nails.

In my case, the second time i got the nails removed by a rookie. She didn't a great job removing them. she had left some spots on my nails with a thin layer of acrylic. I taught ot myself ok. As lon as no one can tell it's there Im going to let it Grow out. So i bought the Witchcraft nail hardener and about 3 months later my nails where harder than it had ever been.

Just last saturday, I tried the Sally hansen Nailgrowth miracle....I love it a lot!!! It's the best thing ever.

ANyway, I just want to say hang in there. I wish I knew how to do makeup and hair. I taught about taking courses about doing nails but I changed ,my mind.

So how much time does it take to do a nail course?

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anonymous user
Sun, 07-25-2004 - 9:31am
where did u get the sally hansen nailgrowth miracle??

do u happen to live in england??

i am trying to find it in england, if anyone knows where to get it from, or any websites???

thank you

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Registered: 06-30-2004
Sun, 07-25-2004 - 7:04pm
Im in canada and i got it at walmart. But you can try www.beauty.com or at:


They have a lot of beauty products that you can order online. I dont know if they have it there but it's worth checking for it.

Edited 7/25/2004 7:09 pm ET ET by sheenabelle1977