I have the same problem with my thumbnail... so I use drugstore fake press-on nails (my nails are too small for Ricos)... they come with these glue "tabs" similar to the ones that come with Ricos, but the big difference is that they're meant to stay on for several days, even if they get wet. They're not damaging like salon acrylics or liquid super-glue type nail glue. Use them with any fake nail you already have (Rico, or Guitar Player Nails). If you have a large thumbnail you may have to use two tabs. They're very easy to put on using tweezers. After several days of playing you'll notice the nail starting to lift: gently slide it off your natural nail (don't pull up). Wash, remove residue with an orange stick and a wipe of rubbing alcohol, and your natural nail stays healthier. I get up to a week's wear with this, though I like to remove the nail for a night before putting a new one on.For some reason the last few months I just cannot grow a good thumbnail, it wears down or just doesn't grow in like the others. Every artificial solution I've tried has some drawbacks.
I would try the salon. Unless you are the rare individual born with perfect nails, you will get better and more consistent tone. Your nails will never break or crack. They remain flexible and feel completely natural. You can have them buffed to a matte finish so they look just like your normal nails, and if you don't like them, it takes maybe 10 or 15 minutes at the salon to have the gel removed and go back to completely natural. As I said, you will be amazed.Charles Mokotoff wrote:Thanks all. The salon solution is tempting. But I'm not sure I'm ready to give up on the natural nail. That seems the requirement of going that route.
Soft gel is not a false nail. It's a strong but flexible resin coating for your nails. It gets brushed on like nail polish and let's you grow/file your natural nails to whatever shape/length you want.Charles Mokotoff wrote:Thank you again for this vote of confidence in the salon. I have had two experiences, both times the false nail was great, it was i m or a. Not p.
First time the dumbo cut me under my nail with her tool, it hurt to play for weeks.
Next time, when my nail grew out and I removed it, the natural nail was weak for a long time.
So...bit gun shy is all..
Curious why you like Prescription nails. To me they seemed a little stiffer (less feeling) without any gain in durability. What has been your experience. (I get if if you have really short or damaged nails.)Dofpic wrote:I have tried both and Prefer the Prescription nails...But hard to find.
That is a really good idea! I will have to try this myself, thanks for posting.Jack Douglas wrote:Taking supplements and rubbing liquid Vitamin E on my nails, easily found at major pharmacies, have improved them. Look up Beechwood Canyon Naturally and a product called Biosil. Also just do a search for biotin and you'll find a number of choices that are readily available. It wouldn't hurt to take some extra Vitamin C.