Are you tired of having ragged and bitten nails? Then perhaps it's time to consider having fake nails. They do not have to be on for very long, in fact the less time the better. Whilst you wear the nail extension, your own nails underneath will be able to grow and strengthen. If you have a habit of constantly biting your nails, this is a way to avoid and break the habit entirely. Keep reading about fake nails and quit your bad habit today!
About Fake Nails
On top of the nail extension you will have a covering of either fiberglass, silk, acrylic or gel, which strengthens the fake nail.
Despite the temptation to have long, luxurious talons, it is best to start off having very short nails—probably just to the ends of your own fingertips. A long nail extension adds weight and could tear the underlying and especially weak nail away from the bed and cause long-term damage.
Fake nails are fab for emergencies such as weddings, parties or important business meetings where your hands may be on display more than usual. If you are a biter and you have an important event coming up, it is likely that the stress or tension of the impending occasion will make you bite even more.
If you are not used to applying fake nails it is not really advisable to try to do it yourself. Get a professional application at a salon with a good reputation. Ask around and don't be afraid to insist on seeing qualifications when you go for your appointment. Any good nail tech will be happy to show you their certificates.
The most hard wearing coverings for fake nails are either acrylic or gel; fiberglass and silk are not really suited to someone who has weak nails or extremely small nail beds. These products do not have the staying power of the other two.
How long should you wear them for?
It takes the natural nail anywhere between 3-6 months to grow from cuticle (the bit nearest your hand) to the tip of your finger, and during that time you will have to have what are known as "fill ins" to cover the gap at the base of your nail when the growth begins. Initially, it will be quite rapid, so expect to have your first fill in within about two weeks of the set of nails being put on. After that, it will slow down a little bit. When the nails come off, use a strengthener like this one and make sure to file them regularly to maintain shape.
Even when the three to six month period has elapsed and the extensions will have grown off, it will not always be necessary to have another set of fake nails put on. You may, however, need to continue to have the covering (gel, acrylic, etc.) put on top of your nails, and then eventually grow that off to leave your nail underneath.
Removal of the nail extensions
If you decide that nail tips are not for you, or you are ready to have them removed to reveal your own nails, make sure that the job is done professionally. If you try to do it yourself it is likely that all of your hard work will be undone because the nail underneath will be particularly soft and could tear off. This will take some time to heal as nails need to grow out in order to become longer and stronger.
Care of the natural nail
Hopefully, by the time your natural nails are a reasonable length, you will have been cured of the nail biting habit. The nail will not be strong though, possibly not for some years, depending on how long you were a biter. So be patient and be prepared to use lots of nail strengthening products to assist your nails in the process.