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    What are the pros and cons of fake nails?

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    cons:

    -they destroy your nail bed
    -it can take a year to correct the damage done by them
    -get nail fungus easier
    -expensive upkeep
    -they hurt like heck when you break 'em

    pros:

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    As someone who wore fake nails on and off for about 10 years, I agree with what feeps said. Although they are initially very pretty, the maintenance and upkeep is about as much a problem as a perm is.

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    Wow, feepee hit it right on the head!!! ITA!

    Pros...Hmmm.

    -How about all your nails can be the same length (if that matters).

    -Polish stays on longer. So much so you need drying chemicals to get it off...

    -You get to bond with the little asian lady who really can't understand you, nor does she care about your personal life, but she asks about it anyway.

    -It's instant gratification...You don't have to wait for them to grow...

    -A large population of women get them, so you don't have to worry about standing out or looking freakish.

    Okay, that's 'bout it...Although I think the cons feepee came up with totally outweighs my ...

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    Personally, I don't have a problem with them. My own nails grow long and strong, but I don't have time to keep up with them. With acrylic, I show up at the salon every two weeks for an hour, and they always look nice. I havent' experienced any damage or nail fungus, and I don't find $15 every other week to be too much. When I choose to soak them off, they'll be a little weaker, but not noticeably, and that doesn't last long. I think it's a matter of personal choice.

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    I haven't done acrylic in a long time. Whenever I've wanted fancy nails I'd just wear some glue-ons.

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    I've been getting my nails done since I was about 13 or 14. I'm 24 now and STILL get them done. I get a fill about every 3wks. I've never had fungus or any other type of problems with them. I get a new set every 6mos or so.
    It's all in your personal preference.

    FeePee pretty much summed it up with the most common cons.

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    well i used to get them all of the time and i say if you want them, get them and try it out. however, i agree with feepee.

    I had one ripped off and it ripped my real nail off as well. I also would always have a reaction (itchy fingers for a few days) to the cuticle oil they used. It also messed up my real nails and it took a long time for them to grow back right. I guess for me, the pros didn't outweighed the cons.

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    I never had any problems when I got my nails done. The main thing I got annoyed with after awhile was the upkeep going back to the nailshop to get a fill. My nails grow fast so it had to be everytwo weeks or they looked a mess. I still think they are pretty but I prefer to not to get them anymore.

    Its your choice I say try it,if you dont like them or the process then stop

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    I use to think it was easier to have them too. but now my real nails grow VERY fast. So fast that i often cut them down cuz they get too long. Since i eat better, they grow faster and stronger than i ever remember them growing. I get compliments on them often even tho i don't even use polish on them.

    But honestly, i find it hard to believe there is no damage done to your nail bed if you wear acrylic nails. They file off several layers of your own nail each time in order to apply the acrylic. The last time i got mine done regularly at a shop i just got the acrylic overlay and i fooled myself into thinking that was not bad for my nails. Once i stopped doing that i saw a distinct difference (where they were filing done my nail) in my nail bed. It took months to completely grow the indentation out of my nail. And and more months before my nails stopped splitting.

    I now realized for ME fake nails and acrylic overlays were a waste of time and money. My real nails looks just as pretty, if not better. I leave â˜em be for the most part. Every once in a while i'll buff â˜em for a natural shine. But they are strong and don't even break as easily as they did with the acrylic.

    My advice to someone who's never gotten them, don't do it. If you're getting them and that works for you... cool beans.

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    I only got acrylic nails twice in my life...for my prom and my ex-boyfriend's prom. When I took them off, my nails were shot...it took about 2 months for them to get back to normal.

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    I love me some acrylic nails. my own nails grow fast but break often. with fake nails i can be assured that they will look good all the time. i've never ripped my nail bed because i have the fake nails short - i have the technician cut them nice and low and natural looking.

    for all of you who have strong nails it's all good, but for people whose nails DON'T grow long it's a great option.

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    Hmmm.....THank you for the reponse. I am just thinking of some options to make my hand appear more neat. My nails are very short and never grow much.

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    I won't be getting my nails done again. The fakes left these horrible dents and like SexyMocha, it took them a couple months to get back to normal. My nails are strong and healthy and I wear them short.
    I figure the next time they'll need "doing" is when I get married and for that I'll just grow them out and get a manicure.
    Right now if I wan't to dress them up I'll just throw on some clear nail polish.

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    I've had them a few times in an attempt to prevent my horrible bitting habit. Fake nails didn't help. They actually made my nails look worse. Making them thin and even more fragile. When the nails were removed they cracked and chipped off with the fake ones. I had a ridge in every one of my nails that didn't go away for months. My wallet was screaming, "Now we could have had a few more heels for all of that money you wasted!" It's not worth it. <_< So my suggestion is not to get them. If you aren't a bitter like me, try manicures and taking care of your natural nail and even if you are you can still try it. Also, I know some people (one of my older cousins), who keeps them on all of the time, even though her nails underneath are horrible and she complains about them. But the ones on top look good. It reminds me of people who constantly where weave and we're all like "I wonder what their real hair looks like."

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    Hmmm.....THank you for the reponse.* I am just thinking of...

    Why not try some clear polish, like a sally hansen hardener? It may help then get tough so that they can grow and clear polish always looks nice.

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    My experience with fake nails is, yeah, they are cute to begin with, but keeping up with the look is harder than it should b/c it is damaging over the long run.

    I got mine done back in 2000 for my HS graduation and kept them bad boys for about six months to a year...and my hands looked good and yes, my natural nails grew nice and long under them...but when I decided to take them off, my nails were so weak that while they were long and white-tipped, they weren't healthy.

    It took me a year to nurse my nails back to health and now, my nails are stronger than ever before and grow faster than they did.

    I agree with Feepee...fake nails are just as worrisome as having relaxed hair: it looks good and your hair may grow, but in the long run with all that overprocessing, the hair grows weak.

    I just now started wearing polish on my nails after all that ordeal and even now, it's rare! I get LOTS of compliments on my nails.

    My advice to anyone who wants beautiful nails, take care of your hands. Treat yourself to a basic manicure or do it yourself at home. Take care of those cuticles and massage moisturizing and nail friendly creams/lotions into your hands. Learn how to file your nails in the correct way, using an "orange stick" to gently push back your cuticles, etc. I love doing my nails and one of these days, I'm going for my nail technician license, I love doing 'em that much!

    I'm a Sally Hansen fan when it comes to nail care products. I have professional nail files from Sally Beauty Supply, but I also have a nail buffer, and my manicure staple: Sally Hansen nail hardener in Clear. The polishes that I use on my nails are usually soft colors, lest any dark colors discolor my nails, which can happen...

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    -Polish stays on longer. So much so you need drying chemicals to get it off... - uke2:

    -You get to bond with the little asian lady who really can't understand you, nor does she care about your personal life, but she asks about it anyway.

    ointlaugh:

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    Hmmm.....THank you for the reponse.* I am just thinking of...

    My nails are short and neat. Whenever I see long (more than 1/4 inch) or fake nails I think uke2:. IMHO short nails are cleaner. No hidden anything underneath.

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    I love me some acrylic nails. my own nails grow...

    I agree. I wear my the same way. I have not had a problem. With my own nails I kept scratching my baby. too sharp/ too strong
    and I rounded the edges constantly. Or they would break/ chip if I hit something or I would easily get a run in a pair of stockings.

    I don't wear them long- just a natural look. (Longer nails tend to get really dirty or discolored on the underside.) And I get an overlay (gel or acrylic) over my real nails. You can avoid ALOT of problems by going to an "upscale" nail salon. Not in the hood. They get alot of traffic and may not be following ALL of the health regulations. Find someplace clean, wear the techs are conscientious, won't soak your nails for 20 minutes and then take off thereby damaging your nail bed - and you decrease your chances of getting any hee bee gee bees) You can also take your own nail tools - even more sanitary.

    IMO - When you're doing stuff around the house, having a stronger "Layer" on them protects your nails from breaking.

    Hard as nail or some "tough" nail polish can do the trick as well on natural nails. I do that when I want to give my nails a break.

    The market is very competitive- you can get a Fill-in someplace "nice" for $15.

    Paying much more than that is just giving money away.

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    I just now started wearing polish on my nails after...

    Good advice. I don't like alot going on with the nails. I wear clear polish with just the protective overlay. So what you see are strong healthy nails.

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    cons:-they destroy your nail bed-it can take a year to...

    Fake nails are out.
    Bi-weekly manicures will have your nails looking just as sexy.

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    Um, Catsuga, weren't you banned from giving any form of manicure/pedicure advice after those 10 toes of acrylic press-ons...

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    My personal opinion is that acrylic nails look really dated anymore; the trend is now moving towards shorter natural nails.

    Add the damage it does to the natural nail as well, as the expense and the unhealthy breathing in of toxic fumes at every fill-in, I don't see fake nails as worth it.

    I think women with nicely manicured natural nails just look more sophisticated, fashion forward and polished to me.

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    Fake nails are out... but don't let that be the main factor...

    I used to wear long fake nails for 3 years and could not function with out them... and they were rhinestone and nail art out!!

    the time it took for my nails to get strong again after I took them off was ridiculous, just when I thought my nail was long ... if I looked at it wrong it was rip off. You don't want that.

    Stick with the natural approach, its easier maintenence if you can't make it to the salon

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    Con- They are fake

    They wouldn't work well with your hair anyway

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    Con- They are fakeThey wouldn't work well with your hair...

    Confused.
    Are you saying that real hair clashes with fake nails?

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    Um, Catsuga, weren't you banned from giving any form of...

    SHHHHHHHH!
    Don't be tellin' my bidness!

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    As a person who formerly worked in a nail shop i can tell you that fake nails can be dangrous to your health because of the bacteria that builds up behind your nails and also under your nails. Most people take for granted that you need to use a nail brush and clean behind your nails (fake or real) everytime you use the bathroom, even if you use soap and water to wash your hands.

    Fake nails especially are a breeding ground for fecal matter that breeds E Coli and since some people actually lick thier nails while eating, or pick up thier food using thier nails, fecal matter can be transfered to your food, thus making you sicker than sick uke2:

    Also with fake nails your real nail doesn't get enough oxygen which can cause moisture to form and create a good place for bacteria to grow underneath and cause them to have an unplesent odor which probaly means a fungus but not always.

    If you insist on getting fake nails always take your own nail file (or buy one at a store close by when you get there) and if at all possible take your own nail polish also to cut down on bacteria.

    Also, keep an eye on the products that are being used on your nails make sure there is nothing floating in the acetone or growing in the acrylic Always ask what type of products are being used on your nails even if you are just getting a manicure or pedicure.

    Take the same precautions with your nails as you would your hair, they are just as important.

    I agree with everyone who said take the natural approach it's much easier, healthier and cost effective.

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    As a former nail technician, I know first hand how acrylic nails can cause damage. However, if acrylic nails are done CORRECTLY they will have minimal damage. First off, nail techs should not be using drills on anyones nail beds, this is what causes the majority of the damage. Drilling your own nail matrix down and then placing a bonding chemical (polymer--ya know the stuff they put on your nail that comes in the nail polish bottle before they put the acrylic on) on top of it is dangerous. That process leaves the nail matrix more apt to have more contact with dangerous chemicals. If you can afford it, I recommend silk wraps or fiberglass because they cause let damage but the drawback is that they don't last as long and many nail techs don't know how to do them well. HOWEVER, if you do go the acrylic route, just tell them not to use the drill on your own nail AT ALL! If they pull that drill out for your own nails GET UP AND TELL THEM ITS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. It's ok to use the drill on top of the acrylic because its a hard, fake surface.

    Anyway that's my

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