dory wrote:My one worry with going to cyanoacrylate is that the use of adhesive will destroy what little integrity my natural nails have. However, my real nails are so terrible that I am ready to throw in the towel.
Yes, of course it will damage further your nails. And you should scratch the surface of your nail with a coarse file in order to get a strong bind = another damage. But from what I read in your posts, you have little choice of solution. But remember, it damages only where you glue, and with guitar players nails you glue only the distal half of the nail. And cyanoacrylate cures instantly, so it damages only the surface of the nail, which is not the case with acrylic nails which cures in 24 hours...
dory wrote:I find it an ironic coincidence that the week of beginning with Burt's Bees my nails are the worst they have been-- m fingernail torn back to the flesh,i fingernail only a tiny stub and a fingernail ripped unevenly and very short but not completely gone.
It is true that loss of natural fat is part of the problem, but you can't replace it that easily. A damaged nail remains a damaged nail, it simply has to regrow. It is already hard to restore the lipidic barrier of dry skin, and the structure of the skin allows much easily foreign lipids to penetrate. And epiderma takes a mere 28 days to completely renew, beneath the surface you have new living cells, while the tip of your nail is a completely dead structure, with the new stuff being several millimeters and 6 months away.... Even if you indeed damage your nail, it is dead anyway, that part has nothing to do with the regrowth process and the actual health of the ungal structure, the cyanoacrylate will not damage the surrounding structures, and your existant nails are useless....
dory wrote:I got my guitar player nails in the mail today and am going to figure out how to apply them tomorrow. I didn't think to order the glue, but my husband who is a sculptor and luthier has many weights of super glue, so I am going to try thr thinnest. I will report back on how they work.
Next time order their glue; it is really an amazing one. But if you have good quality super-thin glue it should be OK. Follow their instructions, they are very clear and detailed, and take your time.
I guess you did not buy their pipettes neither? You will need something soing the same job. Don't ever apply the glue directly with the bottle!!!! It is particularily true with superthin glue!!! At least go to the drugstore to buy some drop-counters, though the pipettes would have been far better. I think a 0.5 cc syringe with a needle could do a good job, but it is much more expensive than the pipettes.