Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Who knew quality workmanship could be so annoying?

It's been about a month since the last time I had my nails done. I have acrylics and a month between visits means a lot of growth-- a LOT of growth.
Ordinarily, this wouldn't matter because by the time nails grow out this much, most of the acrylics are popping off anyway. Not so in my case. The guy I go to does a really great job and there is absolutely no lift at all with these tips. They are, all ten of them, firmly planted on top of my natural nails. And that's the problem. I can't afford to get my nails done anymore, not with repaying two student loans concurrently. They're too long. They are getting in the way and making typing cumbersome. I just want them off. I could, I suppose, poke and prod and try to chip them off, but that hurts. Does anyone know how to relatively painlessly (and cheaply) remove acrylic nails?

Also, I realize that I really need to moisturize my hands more. They look bad.

[Update]: The pinky nails have popped off! I'm 20% there!


Anne-Marie said...

They are a pretty colour!

Over here you can buy acrylic nail remover from most big chain drug stores. You have to soak them in the icky chemicals until they pry off, buff off the rest of the glue, paint them a nice natural colour and moisturise like crazy

mamamouseiam said...

Laurie, I can't offer you anything but sympathy! And/or empathy. After wearing and maintaining gel nails for 6 months to get me through the weddings of two of our offspring, I tried to get them off myself. Bad decision. So I went to a salon, and PAID ACTUAL MONEY TO BE TORTURED! Good luck. I'll pray for you. ;)

Ellen Bloom said...

Soak your nails in polish remover until the tips of your fingers turn wrinkly. That should help loosen the glue. THEN, chip away with some nail clippers at the bottom of the acrylic. Good luck. It's a long process, coming back from acrylics to natural. It took me about 6 months before my nails looked normal again.

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Christ. If I *ever* make noises about getting mah nailz did (it could happen!), just shoot me, okay? Or remind me of this post.