Everything about me is real up until now, so I am admitting for the record that I indulge in fake nails since my message since day 1 has been, ‘Be Truer to Yourself.’ My bad, read on…
Just a few years ago, I would call my manicurist to set an appointment on Saturdays to get my manicure, but to only have to wait a half hour or so, for completion of another client’s prior appointment.
I would gaze at the different nail colors which I could never make up my mind. If I did, it was always the wrong color.
If waiting didn’t bore me beyond glancing at dozens of beauty magazines, the nausea from the smell of nail dust glue did.
Making up my mind to never sit for 1 -2 hours at any salon was the most liberating moment in my pamper -filled life of self indulgence.
I also, didn’t want to be a patient years later from gel manicure trauma. Something just didn’t feel right about placing my hands under UV light.
One day, I glanced at some artificial nails at my local beauty supply store, and I fancied the new French gel tips, so I bought a few packages for safe keep.
For several months I went nude, and decided to take care of my nails with daily filing, moisturizing and application of strong nail lacquer polish. My nails grew healthy and pretty long, but as one would tear or break I grew impatient waiting for it to catch up in length with the others.
Soon, I pulled out the full artificial nails that were different from tips. You don’t have to apply gel activator, filler or buff the nails. My only dilemma would be providing a strong application so the nails would last at least 2 weeks.
I also, don’t like any lifting of the artificial nails so I acquired plenty of glue applicator with a plastic extension, and narrow enough to fit between the nail bed. Far less, worries than natural nails, tips or going to the nail salon.
I’ll give my nails a weekend rest between application and/or a full summer off.
Here are the steps I use to keep my hands feeling like I just stepped out of a nail salon and for a fraction of the price.
Step 1: Gently scrub hands with 1/2 of lemon rind soaked in brown sugar, honey and coconut oil for 30 seconds.
Step 2: Soak and rub hands in warm water for 3 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse and wrap hands in warm damp hand towel for 1 minute.
Step 4: Moisturize hands with Burt’s Bees Beeswax and Banana Handcream.
Step 5: Apply cuticle remover and remove with cuticle remover tool.
Step 6: Push cuticles back with orange stick.
Step 7: Gentle file nails and top of nail to create light grainy grit.
Step 8: Apply gel glue to nail and inside nail tip.
Step 9: Firmly apply each properly sized nail to base of nail for a few seconds.
Step 10: Add a hand cream and apply socks on hands before bed time.
Bonus Tip: Sort nails by proper size for each hand before applying, and/or adjust size with pre-filing.