Truth moment…I used to be the girl that went to the nail salon every two weeks for an acrylic fill-in. However, when the economy took a nose dive, I decided to cut back on some of the non essentials. I figured that I could do way more with that $70 (or more) I saved each month.
But, going without having your nails done is not an option for a pretty girl. So, I decided to start doing them myself. I have to be honest and say that I am a major nail biter, and have been for all of my life. However, I find that when I wear false nails, I never feel the need to bite my nails, hence my natural nails grow lack gangbusters.
Usually I buy Nailene glue-on nail products. However, I have noticed recently that Broadway has come out with an amazing selection of nails. The benefits of wearing these nails are:
- Don’t bite, damage, or discolor (from using too much polish) your natural nails.
- Get amazing polish colors and designs.
- Never having to wait for your nails to dry.
- Nails that last up to a week.
- Able to do them on your lunch break, while waiting for the kids in carpool, or while watching Scandal.
So, what do I recommend? My favorite is Broadway Impress Press-On Manicure. They come in cute little plastic containers that look like nail polish and they come in various sizes with about 24 nails in a pack. What I like about them is that they come already designed, which means no drying time, they are easy to put on, easy to take off, are short for my active lifestyle, and last up to a week or longer. What I don’t like about them is that they are pre-glued and that they bend easily. I know that them being pre-glued should be a good thing, however, the glue does not hold tight enough to do anything without them popping off, which could be super embarrassing. But, no worries. I have a fix for that.
How to Apply Nails:
When you put them on, make sure that your nails are clean and dry. Remove all traces of nail polish by using a nail polish remover (I like the Sally Hansen Moisturizing one). Then, gently buff your nails with a nail file (remember to go in one direction) until they feel smooth. You can also remove your cuticles with the Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover. It works wonders and will make the nails look extra pretty and natural. After you’ve done all of that, be sure to wash and dry your hands. Your nails should be dry, natural and smooth before application.
When applying the nails, find the right size by putting the nail against your finger before removing the plastic strip. Once you have found a nail that fits perfectly (none of your natural nail is showing, but there is no overlap onto your skin) gently peel of the strip AND put a drop or two of liquid nail glue over the pre-glued section of the nail. Liquid nail glue is best, as it seems to dry faster and hold longer. I absolutely adore Nailene Super Glue, because it holds for a week or more and doesn’t damage your nails. Gel glues generally don’t work well on artificial nails because they tend to be messy and the hold is just not that strong. You’re better off getting the liquid nail glue as opposed to the gel, trust me. Just be careful with the liquid nail glue. You really only need one or two drops. Just press the nail down firmly onto your natural nail for about 30 seconds to one minute. And make sure that you let it dry completely. Sometimes it may seem to take forever, but it’s a lot quicker than going to the salon, or the emergency room!
Funny story…When I was about 16, I was working at Eckerd’s Drugstore and I was doing my nails while working the register because it was a particularly slow day (hey, I was 16). Anyway, I was using liquid nail glue and I had just put on a nail, when I flung my hand up to move hair away from my face. I didn’t know the glue on my nail wasn’t dry and a big drop of it flew right into my eye, gluing it shut. I had to call my manager and go to the bathroom to try and rinse it out. Needless to say, that didn’t work, and I ended leaving work to go to the ER and have the glue dissolved and my eye flushed out. From then on, I’ve learned not to move my hands until I’m sure that the glue is dried. Patience, pretty girl.
The entire process should take about twenty minutes from start to finish. Once you put the nails on, you can file them down a little to make the edges smooth. I usually wear them for a week or two and then change them. To get them off, I soak them in an acetone based nail polish remover, like this one by Sally Hansen, which is formulated specifically for sensitive and artificial nails. until they melt away and then I wash my hands and let my nails rest for a day or two before reapplying new nails. Also, you could use a Sally Hansen Cuticle Cream on your cuticles daily while wearing your artificial nails in order to add an extra layer of protection to your beautiful natural nails. I usually carry a tube of it in my bag and put it on at stoplights or while I’m typing at work.
Artificial Nails are Awesome!
They are great for dressing up, dressing down, treating yourself, or just looking like you did. I have people come up to me all the time and ask me where I got my nails done. It feels good to say that I did them myself (or you could say this amazing salon down the street…they don’t have to know you’re talking about your house). Plus, instead of paying $70 a month on acrylic fills that damage your natural nails, you pay about $20 (2-3 packs) a month and get the exact same results. Plus, they’re quick and easy and functionally short, which are all good things for us busy women.
Until next time pretty girls!