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Life After Fake Nails

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 at 6:07AM

picture of one hand with fake, acrylic french manicured nails

Life After Fake Nails

By Beckie

If the tiny heartbeat of pain in my fingertips would cease, I might be able to finish writing this article about how to rehab your nails after removing fake nails.

Having been a court reporter for many years, I kept my nails short and natural. Retired from the profession, I thought that gel nails might be a way to distract people from looking at the gaggle of age spots flocking on my hands.

Between the cost of salon visits and my impatience -- Fu Kiu threatened to throw me out of the salon last month because my impatience led me to play Beethoven's longest sonata, Op. 7 , on the massage chair's controls -- I ripped the fakes off my fingernails on Sunday night while watching three DVR'd episodes of Entourage. While Johnny Drama was crying over losing his girlfriend, I was crying over losing my nails. *

Like a gypsy with a ring on each finger, I attended book club last night with a flesh-colored Band-Aid adorning each fingertip. So much for distracting people from looking at my age spots.

There isn't a quick fix for life after fake nails either. It takes on average six months to grow a new nail.

  1. November.
  2. December. Darn. Thin, scraggly nails for the holiday season. Must look into investing in cute gloves, channeling Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  3. January.
  4. February. Mad with SADD. Doesn't matter what nails look like.
  5. March.
  6. April! After six months of nail-time for bad behavior, my phalanges will be sporting the 2009 spring fashion trend -- new nails!

Although nothing can change the growth rate of a nail, my next six months of nail rehab can be helped by using nail strengthening products.

 

  • OPI Nail Envy $16
  • Sally Hansen $6.49
  • Seche Vite strengthener $15.90
  • Nailtiques $17.49

 

How to use a nail strengthener:

  • Use only a nail strengthener on your nail plate and apply it every day. Apply a thin coat -- thin coat. Too much strengthening product can make your nails brittle.
  • Apply nail enamel as a top coat. Then continue to apply the strengthening product every day.

With a coat of non-flashy flesh-colored nail polish, there is life after fake nails.

 

*What is the best method for removing fake nails?

If you had them applied at a nail salon, it would be best for you to have them removed there. However, if you want to remove them at home, you should soak your fingers in acetone or nail remover for some minutes. Then use a fingernail file to remove them carefully. After that, soak them in alcohol for 10 minutes and apply some beauty cream before you polish your natural nails.

 

 

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