davekear wrote:dtoh wrote:Every time I read these new nail posts, I feel sorry for the poor ignorant souls who still follow these crude medieval cures for nail problems. Do you also treat medical problems with blood letting.
Seriously go to a manicurist and get a soft gel treatment. You won't believe how foolish you feel for not having done it sooner.
No, we don't do blood letting, but we have thousands of guitarists who use our nails, and have been for many years; including Eliot Fisk, Grisha Goryachev, and many other professional guitarists who use our nails and methods of application on a daily basis as a permanent fingernail solution. If you let manicurists apply gel to your nails, most likely you will never realize your playing potential. If you strum folk music and sing along, then that's fine; get some gel nails. If however you want the dexterity, diversity and quality of tone, and feel of great natural nails, then maybe not. There is a science and an art to artificial nails for guitarists. There is a learning curve, but it's not rocket science either. But you do need to know what you're doing. You can have artificial nails that sound and feel like the best natural nails you've ever had, that are 100% safe to use on a daily basis every day for the rest of your life. But you have to know what you're doing.
Well apparently you are not familiar with soft gels, which, unlike hard gels or acrylics, preserve the feel and flexibility of your natural nails. There is no learning curve and you don't need to know what you're doing. Just go to a competent manicurist and then file/polish as you naturally would. No need for electric grinders. No sealing with nail glues. No silk wraps.