Getting Your Nails Done

Well, I've decided to get a very modest manicure for my wedding. I don't have any real nails to speak of and I've never had fake nails before.

For those of you that have, I've heard that acrylic is bad, bad, bad. Any suggestions or things I should prepare for when I visit the nail salon on Wednesday?
Posted on May 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm
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I've had acrylic and I didn't think it was bad. It does weaken your nails some but that's if you have it for long periods of time (like months). But it sounds like you wouldn't keep them on for very long so I don't think you have anything to worry about.
Posted on May 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm
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double post
Posted on May 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm
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I used to get acrylics, then I switched to silk. Now I'm back to my natural nails. I prefer the silks because they're thinner and look a little more natural than acrylic.

I agree with betsi. I think acrylics are known to be bad only for long periods of time. Although, if you have them removed after the wedding, your nails will probably be weakened because they file down the surface of your nails to create a surface for the acrylic/silk to bond to.

HTH

Enjoy your manicure!!!
Posted on May 12, 2008 at 12:39 pm
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Hey miss mandy. Go for the acrylic french manicure look with gel coat, they look beautiful. I've worn them off and on for years because I don't have nice nails of my own. You can have them removed whenever you are ready for them to come off. Afterwards, you will probably notice a bit of a ridge or crease that will grow out as your natural nail grows but no terrible damage other than that. As for getting them put on the first time, sometimes your fingertips are a little sore for a day but that's about it.....
Posted on May 12, 2008 at 12:42 pm
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I got my fake nails off a week after my wedding.I had them soaked off and buffed with a mani I made sure the base coat was nailtek....they look great
Posted on May 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm
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I recommend the gel kind
Posted on May 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm
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Thanks, ladies! I don't know if the salon I'm going to does gel, but I'll inquire.

I'm getting them before the wedding because I had heard that it does hurt some and you need to have some time to adjust and get used to them. If I have to touch them up or something, that's fine since we're going to a salon again the day before the wedding for pedis and spa stuff. :)

Does anyone have more information about the gel kinds? Aren't they just add ons to your existing nail?
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 3:29 am
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With the gel you can also have tips put on with the gel over it. Most nail salons should have gel, so Im pretty sure yours will.
Posted on May 13, 2008 at 3:38 am
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miss.mandy if you get them about 3-4 days before the wedding you'll be fine. i usually get acrylic pink & white with a gel overcoat. i agree with eugugoly82, almost all nail salons will have the gel...
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 11:50 am
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I also had the acrylic white tips w/ gel and added glitter powder on the nail beds done for our wedding. I loved how they came out, no scratches or smears and long lasting.
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 11:55 am
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For me any type of fake nails hurt a little and take a day or two to get used to. I just went with a manicure with colored nails. But I think that the gel looks better then acrylic anyway.
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 11:57 am
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I'm going to go to get my nails done tonight. I just really need to get used to them and if there is any pain involved.

I'll definitely check about the gel stuff and I don't plan on getting them very long, just maybe a little over my fingertip. :)
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 12:28 pm
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Well, I had them done yesterday and there a little tender when I push down on my finger pads, but eh.

I can't say that I totally love them. Even when I stressed how much of a "white tip" I wanted (really thin, like a slight crescent moon), and got a little more than I wanted.

I guess they could have been a lot worse. I'll share photos as soon as I upload them.

Thanks for the advice, everyone!
Posted on May 15, 2008 at 7:05 am
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it took me a few days to get used to the gel... but that was literally 10 years ago - i went back to my natural nails

did they airbrush the white or "normal" application??
Posted on May 15, 2008 at 7:50 am
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they did the normal application. :)
Posted on May 15, 2008 at 10:50 am

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