DaveLeeNC wrote:I have been fighting nail problems for months now (basically since I returned to playing my classical guitar). I have simply given up (even though all avenues have not been tried) and p, i, m, a are going to be permanently reinforced and/or lengthened with ping pong ball pieces. The ppball piece came out of my i finger today (my 'best nail' from a durability perspective), and I noticed that the nail was pretty much enough to be OK without being lengthened. I decided not to even take the chance of a major tear that would preclude easy use of ping pong balls under the nail, so I just put in a new ping pong ball piece.
How many others use PP balls on a permanent kind of basis?
A couple of data items would help get comments from Delcamp members. A few pictures of your natural nails would help in understanding your issues. Another would be your age and finally a description of your nail care routine and all the specific items you use to shape and polish your nails. Also, do you have any 'hooks' in your nail shapes?
Your post is about the use of PPB's but maybe an in depth view of why you have nail growth issues would be helpful.
I'm aware that you are in NC which has in the winter dramatic temperature and humidity fluctuations during the winter months that creates very brittle nails and dry skin unless you use some type of moisturizer.
I'm in Virginia and in the winter months I find that a daily application of Vitamin E oil helps keep my natural nails flexible and healthy. In addition, I buff and polish my nails on a daily basis to keep any small snags from forming. These are the ones you can't see but get caught on socks and towels and set you back a couple of weeks.
I mentioned 'hooks' that I have so I use a heated spoon to straighten my nails before the daily buffing. Before discovering this method I used to tear nails that would catch when playing.
There are nail growth supplements, but depending on your age and health I would advise caution. For example, if you are prone to eye problems these supplements may cause an increase in ocular pressure. I'm not a doctor, just read labels!
Since you play both steel and nylon string I'm wondering how long you feel your nails ought to be and to say 'Short' is best!
It might be worth a month of disciplined nail care just to see how your nails might improve with daily care and winter moisture care.
Best of successes with your nails.