Has anybody ever tried Alaska Piks? It seems that would be an easier alternative, although on second thought it would probably interfere with getting a good nail/flesh combo. I don't have very long nails so it's not quite as jarring if one should break. I've heard a lot of good things about Guitar Player Nails as well. Eliot Fisk and several of the teachers/performers here use them I think.CliffP wrote: ↑Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:51 pmThanks for all the advice. I didn't find a way to create a fake nail for the one that was missing other than to buy fake nails but, in the process of reading and checking out the suggestions above, I did find a way to reinforce the thumbnail that, so far, has been far superior to the ping pong ball which lasted about a week. The James Taylor video suggested above introduced me to the fiberglass-reinforced nail wrap and Kiss Nail glue. Using instructions from the Taylor video I managed to initially construct a thumbnail that lasted about 4 weeks and my second attempt has lasted at least 6 weeks and is still intact, although I should note that I may play/practice 4 to 6 hours a week if I'm lucky. Additionally, I was directed to Healthy Hoof and have been using that for maybe 4 months now and have noticed much stronger nails. Please note that this is not an advertisement for any product, I just thought I'd pass along what I found for any other newbies having the same problems.
I think this is the better option; natural is always the way to go........we'll get use to it after a while even with shorter nails; just let hot grow out in about 2 weeks or so.....
I also use fiberglass (as instructed by James Taylor) because my natural nails are naturally terrible in that they are paper thin and will tear and split even before they reach the end of my finger without the fiberglass. I also use a nail glue drying spray that I bought off of Amazon. It is fantastic. Not only does it cut down on the amount of time I spend working on my nails, it makes them even harder. You don't, however, want to breathe in the fumes. I have to spray my nail outside to avoid inhaling the noxious fumes. But it does work amazingly well.CliffP wrote: ↑Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:51 pmThe James Taylor video suggested above introduced me to the fiberglass-reinforced nail wrap and Kiss Nail glue. Using instructions from the Taylor video I managed to initially construct a thumbnail that lasted about 4 weeks and my second attempt has lasted at least 6 weeks and is still intact, although I should note that I may play/practice 4 to 6 hours a week if I'm lucky.
It's a treatment that is similar to acrylics but uses a much more flexible resin so you get a very natural tone and feel. It's been commercially available for about five years. I get mine done at a salon, but there are kits for home application available as well. The treatment for one hand at a salon costs about $30 and lasts for about 3 weeks.
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