Revisiting this thread following some experimentation.
Here's what seems to help me:
1) Ignore the hooking until they grow to a usable length.
2) Ramp the nails, but pay close inspection to which part of the nail contacts the strings and really strive to get YOUR correct ramp shape.
3) Hydrate them by painting with Eveline Argan Elixir
And leave until absorbed for at least an hour.
4) Now you can start shaping as the nail will be quite malleable and soft.
5) Turn a gas ring on a low flame setting and place a teaspoon underneath the nail and press and hold it until the correct curvature is achieved and then over exaggerate the curve.
6) Move the outer edge of the spoon towards the flame but make sure the spoon is not touching the flesh under the nail.
7) Heat gradually but be careful to monitor the temperature, you don't want the nail to burn.
Paint with Eveline 8in1 Nail Conditioner.
David Russell uses the heated teaspoon method and the Eveline cosmetics are as used by Dimitry Nilov and work very well.