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Old 03-30-2016, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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My hands are pretty busy. As much as I long having well manicured hands I do not have time to put on a fresh coat of nail polish every day. That worked when I was a teenager, but as an adult these hands got to make a living and maintain a household so time to do daily touch ups is nominal. I also dislike having chipped nail polish or fingernails that are noticeably different lengths ex if one breaks they are all taking a hit to their length.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to maintain well groomed fingernails ex stronger, well shapes and nicely polished nails with the least amount of maintenance required? Someone was telling me about shellac? I was thinking of trying this. Does it actually significant help decrease the chances of natural nails breaking? Any feedback from people who do this type of manicure?
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:36 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I do sculpting gel and gel polish on a top. Lasts 2 weeks - perfect nails with no chipping. When searching for a nail salon ask what brand they are using. Many salons use cheep staff, gels /powders that do not last. From my experience CND brand is the best and most durable (sculpting gel and gel polish).
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Thanks for the tip. I think I might try to get this done some time in the next week !
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I agree with the CND--generally, that is what salons call shellac. Always check the bottle though--Creative Nail Designs It will last the longest. I'm really rough on my hands and I get a good 10 days out of it.
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Old 04-06-2016, 03:06 PM
 
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I use a buffer to get mine super shiny - don't have the time to wait for polish to dry or visit a salon.
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Default Thanks for the reminder ..

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I use a buffer to get mine super shiny - don't have the time to wait for polish to dry or visit a salon.
Thanks for that reminder. Those buffer block things to buff nails are pretty cool. I would never think some thing that simple would have such a great impact on the look of ones nails. I have some somewhere at home. The only missing link is it does not really help keep the nails strong and help decrease breakage. I am pretty rough with my hands (ex I do painting, home repairs and am pretty clumsy ... so nail breakage happens often). It is really annoying when you have got everything at a matching length and 1 of 10 nails chips or breaks. I hate waiting for polish to dry too. This is sort of why I was thinking of doing the shellac manicure? At least if it lasts longer it could be done well and less often.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I use acrylics because I am a nail biter and they made me stop. And they last longer, too. I maintain them in between fills so only need to go for a fill about once every 3-4 weeks. It takes an hour and a half and costs $15. I use a quick dry top coat to keep them shiny.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:33 PM
 
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I have done the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel recently. It lasts maybe 4 days. (I type all day.)

I am going to try the buffer blocks mentioned earlier. I have never tried that.

I do like a sheer pink polish because it makes the nails look a little more "done" than no polish at all...and it doesn't show the chips easily. I usually put 1 clear top coat on it as well.
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I ALWAYS put at least 2-3 tops coats of clear on my polish...keeps it just fine!
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I don't have the patience to have acrylics anymore so I keep my fingernails 1/4 to 1/2 inch long and since I have deep ridges after I do the cuticles I use one or two coats of a product called "ridge filler", then to keep more of a natural look I put a coat of Revlon's "nail brightener". It gives my nails almost a natural French manicure look. I use a topcoat that is quick dry and touch up every few days with just the top coat.
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