Anything to straighten nails with?

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Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by 6strings » Sun May 31, 2015 2:52 pm

My nails are really crooky. They start to crook pretty much as they leave the fingertop, and all 3 (i, m, a) crook in different ways. So my solution is to keep them as short as possible. However, as I get older they seem to crook more and more :(. I wonder if science has got so far to offer anything that REALLY works? Like some unhealthy chemical one can put on top of nails to straighten them up? It is not requirement to be unhealthy, but I am willing to try anything to get them straighten up. Soon I am at the point where I file my nails almost at fingertop. Currently I have at most 1mm length on my, if even that much, and they are still tiny bit crooky.

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by montana » Sun May 31, 2015 4:08 pm

Same problem! Keep a combination of short and correct angle where the string leaves the nail. If its any consolation, I've seen one famous guitar player with very short nails and incredible tone.

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by dandan » Sun May 31, 2015 4:18 pm

A lot of guitarists play with stick on nails.
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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by Kjetil Heggelund » Sun May 31, 2015 4:54 pm

I remember David Russell told us, at a masterclass, that you can heat a spoon and form your nail :-) I never tried it though...
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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by tom2977 » Sun May 31, 2015 5:34 pm

I have tried the heated spoon trick and it does work. I used to put my nail of the flat edge of heated hair straighteners (careful!). There is a video of someone using a soldering iron....that works well too. Obviously be careful.

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by 6strings » Sun May 31, 2015 6:08 pm

Haha, never heard of heated spoon thing :). I am keeping short nails as much as I can and trying to file my fishing krooks away. As a guide I use Scott Tennants advice from pumping nylon. I just thought trere might be some kind of lack or some other thing to straghten them up a bit.

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by danno » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:01 am

It doesn't matter how crooked your nails are. What is important is that your nails sit on the same plane.
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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by markodarko » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:29 am

danno wrote:It doesn't matter how crooked your nails are. What is important is that your nails sit on the same plane.
Well yes, it'd be an expensive flight otherwise.
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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by GEO » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:59 pm

I've used OPI Nail Envy with some success. They have a matte finish that looks rather natural.

Besides keeping your nails short, the shape or shapes you use in filing them has an impact on whether or how much they hook. Scott Tennant's book "Pumping Nylon" has a great discussion of filing shapes to counter hooking.
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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by simonm » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:56 pm

markodarko wrote:
danno wrote:It doesn't matter how crooked your nails are. What is important is that your nails sit on the same plane.
Well yes, it'd be an expensive flight otherwise.
Not necessarily as in that specific instance you could go in the cargo holds … :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by lizhogg » Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:10 pm

I use mane n tail hand lotion every night before going to bed as well as Gena Healthy Hoof Intensive Protein Treatment afterwards a few nights a week.

I've found it really helps. My nails are naturally very weak and brittle and the creams have really made them stronger and I suffer far fewer broken nails.

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by Andrew Barrett » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:33 pm

I put olive oil on my nails almost daily. To be honest, this might be the placebo effect but they seem to be at least a little bit less crooked, and certainly stronger and healthier. I keep olive oil in a nail polish bottle and apply generously to the nail. I usually rub in, especially into the cuticle and the source of growth for the nail. It seems to have helped over time, as it took quite a while for the base of the nail to grow out.

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by Lawler » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:09 pm

dandan wrote:A lot of guitarists play with stick on nails.
I'm one of them. For me, an added benefit of using stick on nails is that I can take them off and play without nails, which I like to do with some pieces.

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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by twang » Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:36 pm

Soak the nail in hot water then wear an Alaska pick to shape the nail as it dries. For me, slipping the Alaska pick on my finger as I get out of the shower is enough.
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Re: Anything to straighten nails with?

Post by Jack Douglas » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:07 pm

The heated spoon trick works very well. My right hand nails grow out and curve downward. My left hand nail are as straight as an arrow. Go figure. So every other day I use the hot spoon trick to 'iron' my nails. The end result is quite good.
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