Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fake Nails: The Aftermath

I feel like I need a big disclaimer banner running across the screen saying


This is not an attempt to discourage anyone from getting fakes put on. I just want to share my experience...and it was a doozy. As some of you know, I had acrylics put on because my real nails weren't looking too good and I wanted to swatch all my new goodies and actually do the polishes justice. After ten days, my fakes looked like this:

You can see where my nails were starting to grow out. I felt like at this point, I could get rid of my fake tips and get back to my real nails. 100% acetone nail polish remover, a bowl to soak my hands in, cotton balls, and a nail buffer. Now, I know that acetone can eat through thin plastic. But for reasons I can't completely explain, I thought it would be a great idea to soak my hands in acetone in a cheap flimsy plastic bowl. As it turns out, it wasn't a great idea, and I had a lot of fun cleaning the blue acetone/melted plastic goop out of my carpet. My mother was thrilled, too, when she saw the stain it left behind. ANYWAY, the moral of the story is to pick a tougher dish to place your acetone in.

Here is what my nails looked like twenty minutes into soaking them. As you can tell, the plastic had started to disintegrate by this time.

Attractive, right? There was picking and pulling and tugging at my fake nails, but they would not come off. I tried to soak them for more time, but I ended up just giving in and tearing the tips off myself. I would not recommend that, in case you were wondering. When I finally got them off, my nails were not in great shape.

You can see the damage done, especially on the last two fingers. I think the technician overbuffed my nails before putting on the tips, and I know that my removal did not help things, either. It was quite annoying to get the glue residue off, and it took some intense buffing and smoothing to get my nails feeling okay again.

Here's the end result. My nails are as short as they can be, really, and the surfaces are bumpy and they generally feel unhealthy. I have been taking a Biotin every day and have been trying different nail treatments to make them stronger. It's a slow process, but in time they'll be swatch-worthy again.

So, no, I'm not saying don't get fake nails put on. Some people love them. I just had a poor experience, which is mostly (if not all) my fault. How have you guys' fake tips removals gone? Hopefully better than mine! Any tips for a better experience next time? Let me know!


  1. Wow! I don't think that there is anything that you could have done differently to make them look better (besides not using a plastic bowl haha). Acrylic nails just suck!

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  3. I stay away from fake nails. soaking hands in acetone nail polish remover isn't the healthiest thing to do.

    I am on twitter as correbeauty!

    don't acrylic nails tear up the natural nail itself?

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    I have never used acrylic nails whatsoever and don't plan to start.


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