So I did an experiment to see how I could keep my nails from breaking, and my method of choice was to get a set of acrylic nails done. Yeah, I know…..I’m crazy, but what else is new, right?
For anyone who hasn’t done this, it’s an interesting experience to be sure.
I went to a nice place in the mall, and after calling ahead to make sure there was time available, the nice lady asked if it was for me. I told her it was, and then she commented on how wide my thumbs were.
I have wide thumbs? Well, I guess measured next to their usual clientele, I do.
She didn’t even flinch. I like that. So we go to select what type, and she showed me some fairly clear ones, and some french white ones. I figure since this was an experiment, why not go for broke? “White please” I said, and she started going to town. She had to get a bit creative for the thumbs, but she didn’t do too badly (nothing that can’t be corrected further come fill time), but the whole process was pretty straightforward.
Again, if you haven’t done this before, this is what she did. She first clipped my regular nails down, and then did a light grinding to rough up the surface. She then glued the white ends, after which it looks like you have claws, and then they trim down to the desired length. Once that is done, they shape the end some, and then start applying the acryic overlay onto the whole shebang, shaping as they go. The only part that is coloured is the end – the rest is natural. After all the overlaying is done, then they shape the rest of the way, have you wash to get rid of the dust, and put on a clear topcoat – very nice. You then sit with your hands under UV lamps for about 4 minutes. That’s about it.
Nice thing is, it does make your nails VERY hard, so I doubt mine will chip anytime soon. I just have to go back in 2-3 weeks for my first filling session.
It hasn’t really affected my typing much, so I think I’ll be keeping these a while, and have fun. Should be interesting!