Acrylics? I have no idea...
bakabakabeyond · 20/11/2019 10:12
I want to get my nails done. I am a pianist and need them to be short, but still want them to look nice and last. Nail polish just chips off. I would like acrylics but feel they would look weird so short. Can anyone recommend what I should have done instead that will last at least a couple of weeks?
ATowelAndAPotato · 20/11/2019 10:18
Gel polish on your natural nails would look nice, and usually lasts a couple of weeks without chipping. You would need to have the polish removed professionally and then re-applied if you wanted to keep them on.
You could have acrylic or gel overlays, which would also be just over your natural nails, again they would need re-doing approx every 3 weeks depending on how fast your natural nails grow.
This would be a better option if (like me) your natural nails are different shapes/lengths, as they can use the acrylic/gel to build out slightly from your natural nail to get a more uniform shape/length. You don’t need to have tips. I will try to find a photo to explain what I mean!
IWantADifferentName · 20/11/2019 10:21
Ask for a gel or shellac manicure. The polish lasts longer but doesn’t involve extensions. They usually saw two or three weeks. It involves drying the polish under a UV light. That puts some people off but I am not aware of any studies that have demonstrated health safety issues with short exposure (a couple of minutes) once every few weeks.
Be warned - acrylics can really damage your nails. The natural absorbs water and doesn’t dry out when you have extensions. So when you finally take a break from them, your nails are as soft as paper and any length will be torn off almost immediately.
Vapatea · 20/11/2019 10:26
Acrylics take a while to put on, are quite expensive and come off often. I use stick on nails -they last about a week, have much better colours, textures and effects, you can get short ones or cut them and they have spares in case one falls off. You can get them in Savers from 1.99 . That might be a good starting point?
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