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Real nails vs Acrylic manicures

peggypig

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#1
Just wondered if anyone is a nail technician. Ive only recently been growing my own nails as I could never get on with falsies. Anyway had a manicure yesterday my treat at £5.oo for a re polish the shop is really good,but this young girl who has done it the last 2x she put too much lacquer on and it never really dried and had to go back the day after it was all smudged.

Yesterday she used one of those cylinder file things on my nails they use to re fill and thin out acrylic nails, my problem is today my nails are snapping at the corners and splitting I think she may have thinned them too much and they feel really weak and the french polish had already started coming off.. I may just not use the shop on Tuesdays when she works, I feel like a moaning old bag as last time when it all smudged they did them again for free, but I would feel really cheeky going in again .

Its a luxury having nails done and it's just annoying when its wrong I feel thrown money away.

Sorry it is very trivial but its my treat as I bloody ache with all over and constant headache with Fibromyalgia it just lifts my mood but naffs me off when things aren't done right.

Have a good day folks.
 
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Ally89

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#2
I don't get on with falsies either, does sound like shes thinned them a little to much though. I do mine myself (always wanted to be a nail tech when i was younger xD). its there fault so go in and tell them you're not happy, not being cheeky, just pointing out that the one girl is rubbish at her job. But if you don't want to do that, buy some nail strengther and apply once a day, should help your nails restrengthen :)
 

peggypig

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#3
Thanks for the reply I think she has thinned them too much as well Im just never happy when she has done them.I hate the feeling of your nails snagging on materials and your skin which is how they felt not long after I left the shop. When I next go in I will make sure its not on a Tuesday.
 
#4
peggypig said:
Just wondered if anyone is a nail technician. Ive only recently been growing my own nails as I could never get on with falsies. Anyway had a manicure yesterday my treat at £5.oo for a re polish the shop is really good,but this young girl who has done it the last 2x she put too much lacquer on and it never really dried and had to go back the day after it was all smudged.

Yesterday she used one of those cylinder file things on my nails they use to re fill and thin out acrylic nails, my problem is today my nails are snapping at the corners and splitting I think she may have thinned them too much and they feel really weak and the french polish had already started coming off.. I may just not use the shop on Tuesdays when she works, I feel like a moaning old bag as last time when it all smudged they did them again for free, but I would feel really cheeky going in again .

Its a luxury having nails done and it's just annoying when its wrong I feel thrown money away.

Sorry it is very trivial but its my treat as I bloody ache with all over and constant headache with Fibromyalgia it just lifts my mood but naffs me off when things aren't done right.

Have a good day folks.
I think you should complain and see what they an offer to try and rectify the problem :(
 

cyberjelly

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#5
Have you tried Gel nails?

I have had mine done with something called biosculpture it is expensive (£40) but grows with your nails and does not damage them like acrylic. Or there is gelash (think thats how its spelt) .

Depends on how much you want to spend, I treat myself as I dont drink, smoke or really go out much but it does cheer me up seeing my nice bright nails.
 

Rorah

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#6
I've never had false nails as I'm quite lucky that mine have always been very strong and grow quickly into a nice shape. Also I much prefer the look of natural nails to garish plastic ones.

However I had my one and only paid-for manicure a year or two ago, and it was horrible. The girl who did it scraped my nails with this horrible metal thing really hard until it actually hurt. Then the polish job was crap.

Afterwards I found out that technicians who specialise in acrylics (this one did) are usually hopeless with natural nails, as the process of manicuring them is very different. They are far too harsh and rough. So I think if you want your real nails doing well, you should visit someone who doesn't usually deal with plastic ones.
 

ginlin

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#7
I'm another natural nail girl, despite on times wrecking them myself with cleaning solutions and bleach etc!

Many years ago, I used to have my nails done regularly in a department store with Nails Inc, and was introduced to A & E which is a treatment to strengthen and condition the nails, and still this day use it, but do my nails myself.
 

peggypig

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#8
I agree natural nails are different to treat than false, do you know the circular electric sander type file they use on falsies that is what she used on me Im sure it has thinned them. My thumb nail has broken off and the french polish is peeling off. Im normally happy with how they look when the other girls have done them.

The gel ones sound interesting but in the past when false nails are on I want to pull them off.
 

cyberjelly

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#9
I agree natural nails are different to treat than false, do you know the circular electric sander type file they use on falsies that is what she used on me Im sure it has thinned them. My thumb nail has broken off and the french polish is peeling off. Im normally happy with how they look when the other girls have done them.
The gel ones sound interesting but in the past when false nails are on I want to pull them off.
Peppa, with the bio sculpture nails they are dried under UV light and are rock hard so you can't peal them off, they need to be soaked off with nail varnish remover.
When I had mine done regularly they infilled them once a fortnight and I changed colour every month. Made my nails look very good, and I could use them to type with they were that hard.
check them out if interested.
Bio Sculpture Nails - Home
 
#10
I have an allergy to nail varnish, but I read somewhere recently about some nail colour that you cut to shape, put on your nails, and warm with a hair dryer which makes them stick. When you want them to come off, you warm them with a hairdryer again.

Trouble is, I can't remember what they are called or where I read about them! Any clues, anyone?
 

nik86

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#11
I was a nail biter until about 4 years ago, I took the plunge and had acrylics put on and loved them (no biting any more). This was my monthly treat for about 2 years, then the lady that did my nails left the shop and it just wasnt the same without her as part of it was having a good chinwag with her.

I then decided to go without them to see how my nails were,for about three months they were soft and breaking often. But I persisted and now I have lovely natural nails and enjoy putting nail colour on them. I use a treatment from Leighton Denny every week on them which feels in itself like a manicure!

When a holiday comes around I do get tempted to have acrylics on but even if I do, I soak them off myself at home fairly soon after getting back.
 

dextersmum

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#12
I have an allergy to nail varnish, but I read somewhere recently about some nail colour that you cut to shape, put on your nails, and warm with a hair dryer which makes them stick. When you want them to come off, you warm them with a hairdryer again.

Trouble is, I can't remember what they are called or where I read about them! Any clues, anyone?
Think they are called 'foils' - Debenhams do them in our local store.
Have also seen Myleene Klass has brought a range out that you can do at home - think you can buy them in Boots.
 

peggypig

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#14
I think M Klass are about 6.99 they have some cheaper in Body care if you want to have a try with them 1st to get the hang of them.
 

Lottie12

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#15
I have an allergy to nail varnish, but I read somewhere recently about some nail colour that you cut to shape, put on your nails, and warm with a hair dryer which makes them stick. When you want them to come off, you warm them with a hairdryer again.

Trouble is, I can't remember what they are called or where I read about them! Any clues, anyone?
I think you are talking about minx. I had them on my toes, lasted about 6 weeks. Would be less on hands though. Hope you find them. :)
 

donna88

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#16
I have natural nails and do them myself, I'd love to treat myself to a manicure but I had one years ago and had a similar experience where she was too harsh and actually hurt me doing my cuticles, (she made me bleed) so that's put me off going again :(
I do myself a french manicure which everyone says looks like its been done professionally, but I don't think it looks that great, I can see where I've gone wrong. I'm going to a wedding in a few weeks and would love to have my nails done for it, but I'm scared they'll do a bad job and either weaken my nails or I'll look and see faults like I do when I do it myself :/
 
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#17
why don't you try shellac , it is a gel polish which drys under a lamp so it can not smudge or chip and is guarantees for two weeks wear but often lasts a lot longer. all you get is regrowth like you would with acrylics .

if you still wanted acrylics on though you can have shellac put on top of your acrylics

xx
 

Showag

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#18
I use to be a nail tech, quit it about a year ago now... she shouldnt of used a drill on your natural nails its a massive no no... unless you have thick nails but by the sounds of it you dont she should of used a standard nail file.

Everyone is right in the forum it does depend what you get done... Acrylic can be quite damaging to your natural nails especially if you pick at your nails, there's gel or shellac. Shellac is a coloured gel that is put on like a nail varnish then set with a UV light, Gel is just literally the name, same sort of thing as shellac - both gel and shellac are a lot better for you nails, everyones nails i have done in the past have commented how gel or shellac doesnt cause nails to peel. It really does depend on the person but without a doubt she shouldnt of used a drill on your natural nails, when i was training as a nail tech we were steered away from using drills on fake nails because you can always determine the right speed of the drill and still go down to the natural nail but with fake nails its a lot quicker.

Id go back and complain to be honest she shouldnt be doing it to anyones nails! x
 

Shirleen

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#19
I'm not a nail tech but do all my own manicures. My nails are odd because of vitamin deficiencies.

When you have polish on your nails each layer should be given time to dry and the final topcoat will take about 2 hours to completely harden, even if put under a UV lamp to dry.

The only tools that should be used on natural nails is a cuticle stick, a buffer and a cardboard file for the free edge. I'm shocked anyone would use a drill on a natural nail.

I've only ever been to a salon to have acrylics and can't now because I had a gel nail rip off which causes my natural nail to lift, causing a fungal infection gak!
I was going to book into a salon for a manicure next week as a birthday treat, not so sure now.
 

peggypig

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#20
Ive been back in today 2x in 1 week the owner looked at me abit odd like you're here again, usually go once a week its a fiver and makes me feel better.

I said to him the polish had already chipped day after actually and my nails had started breaking on the ends and my thumbnails is broken down short now.. Anyway I didnt push it had them repainted another fiver. I agree I didnt think they should use the sander thing on natural nails, but in the past they have just used it briefly on the cuticle area and that was ok.
The owners are Chinese and really nice people its a popular shop, the girl who seems to mess mine up is a young British girl she may work there from college, but I cringe when I think Im going to get her doing mine.

I may have to find somewhere else, has anyone tried Tesco for manicure and threading I have a couple of times it was ok.
 


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