Hello all, I've decided to do a post all about nails as I've taken on the challenge of growing my own! I think it's been a long time coming but something I've wanted to avoid addressing. All the women in my family have long lovely nails and recently, my sister went in to have shellac nail treatment. Naturally, I was curious to see the results. It costs just £15 pounds and is like a hard nail varnish. Much like mine, her nails are prone to breaking as she uses them 24/7 throughout her working day. Since having the treatment, her nails have grown considerably and have only broken once in the 2 months she's had them done.
I'm not one to jump on a fad without doing a wee bit of research first. So, after a few google searches, I found that Shellac is a less abrasive version of gel nails, but misses out the damaging removal process. It provides the finish of perfectly painted nails for up to a month. After a month period has ended, you'll need to get them either removed or re-done. This isn't because it will have chipped (although there is a chance they may) but usually because the growth becomes obvious so a new coat will cover it.
To cut an already long rant short, after seeing my sisters lovely claws, i'm pretty much convinced I want to go ahead and get it done. My problem is that I have been an avid wearer of false nails for the past three years and a nail biter before that so my nails are weak to say the least. But, I am sick of feeling like I have to have falsies on all the time, I want to feel more natural. There's nothing worse than being in work and having a false nail fall off mid shift and having to go looking scruffy with one nail down. I hate it and I hate running in the back to glue it back on even more. And that's another thing, nail glue. I can't stand the stuff. It gets everywhere and it's just horrible.
So, I think that settles it. False nails are out and natural nails are in. Now begins the painful process of bearing my own nails and getting them to a state where I don't want to hide them under gloves. I will be taking a photograph week by week and monitoring my process and when it's all finished, I'll post my results on what works. Until then my loves, enjoy your nails!