Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fake it till you make it

Let's talk fake nails for a second. Some people love 'em, some people don't. Some people swear by them, some people have never tried them. Some people prefer the neat, natural look, and others, well...

But let's not even go there. There are plenty of reasons not to get fake nails: they're expensive, they don't always look realistic, they damage your real nail underneath, they feel funny...All reasons why I shy away from them. All of those things, however, aren't necessarily true.

Sure, it might cost a little more than a regular manicure when you first get them on, but fill-ins (where they fill the gap between the nail bed and the fake nail as the real nail grows) are actually quite cheap, so maintenance won't break the bank. Where I go, a full set of acrylics is $27 and a fill-in is $10.

They don't always look realistic. Okay, well this is true. I think it's all about shape, length, and design. If you get six inch long tips put on, ala the pedi lady above, no, people will probably not look at you and think "nautral." But fakes that are a "normal" (read: socially acceptable and/or familiar) length with a square, rounded, or "squoval" shape can fool random passersby, if that is your intent. Very often I see acrylic or gel nails with the airbrushed french manicure tip and, not that they don't look good, but yeah, that's like the fake nail calling card. If you want to fool people into thinking that these are your real nails, skip the white tips. If you are perfectly happy letting the world know that you wear fake nails (and honestly, there is no shame...who cares if your nails are made of acrylic or dead skin cells?) than, by all means, go for it.

Now for the fun part...nail damage. I honestly can't comment on this. Why? Because I've had fake nails in the past. Maybe three or four times, but this was before my full-blown nail polish addiction. I didn't really take care of my nails, because, "who cares? They grow back, right?" and therefore did not really follow the proper removal procedure. My method of removal was basically get bored in class or at home and pick them off. I know, gross, and yes, painful. So, yeah, my nails were damaged after that. But, if you take them off carefully, the Right Way, I am told that it shouldn't be a problem. I'll let you know where we're at when I take mine off. If anyone here has had fakes put on and taken off and wants to weigh in, generously leave a comment, please!

Fakes do feel funny to some people, whether they aren't used to the length or what. For me, when I go to scratch an itch or something, the nail feels pretty dull, and it gets kind of frustrating. Also, when i go to wash my hair, it just feels different than when I use my real nails.

I got a set of acrylics put on because I had some new nail polishes I wanted to swatch, and my real nails were in no way camera-ready. Truth be told, I do prefer my real nails, and I'll be excited for when my nails have grown long enough that I can shed my acrylic cocoon, but for right now, I'm happy fakin' it till I make it. Now there is the eternal gel vs acrylic debate, but I don't feel competent enough to shed light on that subject, so anyone who can, please enlighten the rest of us! What are you guys's experiences with fake nails? Good, bad, ugly? Here's a shot of my tips right now.

Usually I have polish over them, so I wasn't concerned with how they look bare. Still, I think I could go naked and they aren't bad looking at all. I had them put on Saturday, the 19th, so it's been four days, and you can already see my real nail growing out. It's sort of encouraging, actually.

Just a better shot so you can see the growth of my natural nail.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with my little falsies...come removal time, I'm not sure how I'm going to feel, but I'll definitely keep you posted. Fake nail veterans, feel free to impart on us your wisdom and to share stories, tricks, pictures, whatever. So let's hear it ladies, what is your opinion? Fake nails...yay or nay?


  1. I used to get acrylics in high school. I only removed them the right way 2 times, and had different results. The first my nats were very thin, but I think it was because I was on a high school budget and went somewhere where they use those drill things. When I got out of beauty school, the salon I worked at had an amazing nail tech, Debra, and when she used a regular old file. When I took them off the right way, my nails were fine. So I think it really just depends on your nail tech and removal method. :)Your acrylics look nice and natural btw

  2. Hmmm. They used the drill thingy on me. Thanks for your input...I've have to let you know what they look like when I finally take them off! And thanks for the complement!

  3. YAY! A big fat one!

    I've been wearing them for over 20 years now, not a problem with them until now... (Knock on wood.. :P )

    My natural nails just suck.. They do!
    If I use acrylic, I can get them in shape, polish them, they look longer, don't break.
    Wonderful and I like it!

    I have to tell you, I've been a nail artist for 20 years, but even if I was not, I would rather have the fakies!
    But again, the shape is all that matters, some are born with fabulous shape of nails and others, well, they have me! :P

  4. I've never had fakies, but I always admire them on other women (minus the pedi-freak lady).


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