Fake nails... are they worth the money?

United States
April 9, 2007 10:41pm CST
I have never had my nails done before, I know I'm probably like the only one, but really I never have. I love them though, they are so pretty and glamorous looking. My natural nails are so soft and I can't grow them out, and I rarely paint them. But lately I have been giving some thought to maybe trying a set of artificial nails. Before I do I wanted to get some information on them. Like are they a lot of trouble to keep up with them, are they exspensive to get done and the maintenance on them. I'd like the pros and cons of having them from some of the mylotters who do get theirs done or who have experience with them.
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@meljessxena (2319)
• Australia
10 Apr 07
i personally dont worry about fake nails, i dont think it is worth it, i had them ages back and it hurt when it broke once so that was enough for me. because have to keep fixing them constantly. well mainly thats because i live on a farm.
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@lpetges (3037)
• United States
10 Apr 07
i only wear them if i have a special occasion now. i used to wear them for years. being in the beauty industry, its a plus to look your best at all times. over the years though, it ruins them for good. so, now i just try and keep mine neatly groomed and if long enough wear some polish. manicures are a nice pamering thing to get!
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I have had fake nails before, wore them for almost 5 years and then took a break for a few years and put them back on. I have very weak nails and they often break from all the housework I do. It is best to get them done by someone that knows what they are doing and has a clean business. I have had fungus from ones that you thought were clean or thought they knew what they were doing. This has caused great problem with my nails to date. I have not had fake nails on my nails in over a year now and I still have problems with my thumb nails not growing at all and breaking off before the cuticle, this is due to having fake nails for too long. Just beware, although they look beautiful and are very strong, they can be very damaging to your own nail once removed.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
it depends. Ive gotten them done proffesionally and done them myself using a kit i bought at the store. Honestly, doing them yourself is the best. Professional is SO much money and i dont think its worth it, here its like $40 for french tips. Plus they grow out in 2 weeks about and you have to get them filled, which costs more money. IF you go to walmart or something you can get a set for like $5 or $6 an so when they grow out in a measly 2 weeks, you dont feel as bad about the money. And if they break a lot of the kits give you extras so you can just replace the broken one. It might take a couple times to get the hang of it, but i get just as many compliments on my nails when i do them myself then when i've gotten them done proffesionally. I dont really like fake nails anymore just cuz its such a handicap to me. its harder to type, zip and button your pants, put contacts in and out... lol i just get annoyed and usually end up cutting them way done or ripping them off entirely after i few days. Good luck!
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• Bulgaria
10 Apr 07
Fake nails - no way! I tried a couple of times to use such but I didn't enjoy the fact that they fall quite easily if they are not put on well enough and tight. I used them for single events, like weddings and my brother's prawm. But then I got rid of them because they were stuck for my fingers and were really inconvenient. Now I'm happy that I can grow my nails and I varnish them regularly and I just love how they look like. Most of my friends think I have beautiful nails. The importance for such a manicure is the fact that when you meet someone new first you show your hands by greeting them.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I got them for my graduation from highschool. I don't even know why I did it, my own nails at that time were strong and healthy - and I could have grown them out. I played the Violin several hours a day though, so that kept them pretty short... Anyhow, I spent the money and got myself pampered. WHAT A MISTAKE. I had them done at a salon and within 10 days I had developed a yeast infection in my finger beds. They were so painful, red and swollen. They were filled with infection/pus. yuck! the nails, of course, had to come off. The lady at the salon was a total jerk when I called her to let her know what happened. I was hoping for advice from her, and her help in removing the remaining nails - she yelled at me it was not her fault this happened....I was not blaming her or asking her for any compensation - but after her reaction I got to thinking she must have felt guilty and perhaps her practice was not as clean as it was supposed to be, maybe I was not the first one to call with this problem and maybe someone else sued her - why else would she get into such a hateful uproar? Anyhow, my nails these 20+ years later are still striated and weak, they grow in layers and split. Ah, the price of vanity.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I had the acryic ones before. And every two weeks you have to get them filled in. And that use to cost me $20. And one day I just decieded not to wear them anymore and I pulled them off. Well my real nails were so week. It took a couple of months for them to come back good again. I will never have that done again.LOL
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
10 Apr 07
No, I don't use them. I think they are ridiculous. Best just to keep your normal nails in good condition. But everyone to their own. I don't care who wears fake nails. I guess you might give out an ipression of who yoiu are, & you may want want to think about what message you want to give to other people. But it's no big deal.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I get mine done once and awhile. They take a lot of maintenance to keep them looking nice. I usually get the french manicure which costs 30 dollars or so in all, They last a long time too But as they grow you have to keep on filling them in at the salon.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I like them a lot, but I do not have them anymore. Here, they cost about $25-$35 for the first full set and then you have to get them filled at least every 2-3 weeks which is around $15. I don't have them anymore becasue I am cutting corners with money and spending $30 a month on fills just wasn't in the budget. Also, you will have to get a whole new set every 3 or 4 months. Sometimes sooner...just depends on you and your nails. They do look so pretty, but be prepared that they screw up your natural nails so if you do get them off for any reason, count on crappy nails for about 3 months until your natural nails grow compeletly out where the acrylic was. Hope this helps
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• United States
10 Apr 07
only if you have them put on at a nail salon and only for a short time. I used to have them done there, but now I just grew them out
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I have had them before. They take a lot of upkeep. You have to go back every two weeks. Depending on the size, it is not easy to type, do housework. etc. It is easy to get fungus infections. I prefer my nails to be natural. It is especially not advisable if you work in a hospital setting. I have worked in a hospital, and I have seen women not wear gloves when caring for patients in an intimate manner. It is so easy to get germs under your nails...even if you wash your hands a lot. That is my opinion.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
Thank you for the best response!
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@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
11 Apr 07
you are not alone. I also have never had my nails done at one of those salons. I just keep my natural nails. good luck with whatever you decide to do. since you said they are pretty I would just keep them as is.
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
11 Apr 07
No you are not the only one who has not had the nails, I have not had them either! I am not allowed to have them and work at the hospital,but I wouldn't want them anyway. I had a friend who had them and she developed a fungal infecton under one. Long story short, she ended up losing that finger up to the first joint. (the infection got into the bone and wouldn't respond to the antibiotics) I also would not like trying to alter my everyday movements to accomodate the nails. Things such as learning to type with the pads of my fingers and trying to take out my contact lens (ouch, that must hurt!)Nope, they just aren't for me!
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@missybal (4493)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I have never had fake nails put on. I only got my nails done once in my whole life and that was for my wedding day. I don't believe it's worth the money at all. And just think if you walk out the door and bust a nail on your car door leaving the nail salon you're going to be mad that you wasted your money. My best friend spent $30 on hers once. She got home and her dog tried to get out. In stopping him she tore three nails on one hand. After that she just took them all off. It would look silly to keep the other ones.
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@kaperkitty (1097)
• Canada
10 Apr 07
I have had them done for about five years now and love the look of a nice gel nail manicure with a French nail manicure. I find them very clean looking I get a square nail tip and a fairly short length.The only problem I do find is your own nail bed gets so damaged and right now I am letting my own nails grow out because the sanding has caused the nails become all full of bumps and ridges and the nails are so thins and peeling. and to be honest for the first month with them off the nails were very painful.Now I don;t know how expensive they are where you are at but they are costly here in Canada. Its 50 initially and 30 each refill which is every two weeks so it is costly. and with the new house i just can't afford it at this time hope this helps Cheryl
@yvonne1968 (1065)
• United States
10 Apr 07
When i didnt have a office job or worked in the factory i tried the fake nails. I had them on for awhile but then the novlty of them wore off on me. Plus they ruined my nails and took months to grow back out and to normal.
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@palonghorn (5492)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I like having my nails done because I deal with the public a lot, and my hands are very visible. It depends on what type of nails you get, but a set of acrylic nails usually runs about $30, and $20 every 2 - 3 weeks to get fills done. It's about the only 'extravagant' type thing I do for myself, other than my hair. Once you get used to them they are great, you would just have to 'experiment' a bit with what length would suit you best, my daughter loves her's long, I on the other hand don't get mine done real long, because of the work I do.
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@psycho74 (124)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I had acrylic put on my nails years ago when they were all really long naturally. I thought if I did that, they wouldn't break. But I was wrong, and in addition to having to go every couple of weeks to keep them up, I'd have to go in when I'd break a nail so I could get a tip put on. My nails were strong and would grow long on their own, I was an idiot to do this. It's been at least 10 years since I've done that, and to this day, my nails have never been the same. They are weak, break easily, and I can't grow them as long as I use to. I wouldn't do it if I were you.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I only had them once and never again. They were expensive when you think of all the fill ins as they grow out. I had mine a couple of months and when they were remove my nails, if you could call them that, were like tissue paper and unhealthy. There also flammable I sent one one fire and it melted into a black smelly clump.
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@angelmae (351)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
I didn't like them when I had them coz the maintenance is too much for me.
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