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I Am SO Angry....My Nail Tech Ruined my Nails...partly my fault.

Started 1295287781.8 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1295379037.677 by ladyroxanne

I had acrylics for awhile and had them removed last April.....I suffered thru the long, tedius growing out period....faithfully taking good care of my nails. I used Duri Rejuvacote and alternated with Nailtiques....took Andrew Lessman's Hair, Skin and Nails.

For the first time in my life I had GREAT nails....People actually could NOT believe they were my own.

Then around the Holidays I caved and had a "Gel Nail Polish" AKA Gelish manicure, twice.

That stuff is really hard to come off..."they" say an Acetone based polish remover will remove it, but they have to be soaked and yesterday she had to "drill" off what was left after my LAST manicure.

Now my nails are thin and weak again.{#emotions_dlg.sad}

"After me....you come first."~unknown~
My sweet girl Ashley crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, Wed., 5/22/13. Miss you madly sweet girl. <3
RIP Jack <3 , my "Old Man" 7/31/13 Be nice to Ashley.

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caligrl1295287917.149049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

sorry to hear that happened. all you can do is start all over again, good luck~~cali

maybe try that pink gel coat the q sells???

Lotus~1295287961.6235623 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY
On 1/17/2011 caligrl said:

sorry to hear that happened. all you can do is start all over again, good luck~~cali

maybe try that pink gel coat the q sells???

Hi caligrl.....I forgot to add, I was using that too.

I would alternate between the 3.

"After me....you come first."~unknown~
My sweet girl Ashley crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, Wed., 5/22/13. Miss you madly sweet girl. <3
RIP Jack <3 , my "Old Man" 7/31/13 Be nice to Ashley.

itslikeher­dingcats1295288098.054039 PostsRegistered 9/20/2010

All those gel products, no matter what they say, cover and eventually weaken your natural nail. Sorry that happened to you Lotus.

lyn in MI1295288105.2224589 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007SW Michigan

I'm so sorry LotusLvr. I know that work that goes into growing our own healthy nails. I've read many mixed reviews about the gel manicures, and I've read that some individuals experience nail and/or nailbed damage.

@(-_-)@ ~lyn~
♥ Birman =^..^= Servant ♥

Lotus~1295288163.33335623 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY
On 1/17/2011 MissMoria10 said:

All those gel products, no matter what they say, cover and eventually weaken your natural nail. Sorry that happened to you Lotus.

Hi MM....so nice to see you.

I know.....I believed that it would simply come off with the Acetone remover.

Never again.

"After me....you come first."~unknown~
My sweet girl Ashley crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, Wed., 5/22/13. Miss you madly sweet girl. <3
RIP Jack <3 , my "Old Man" 7/31/13 Be nice to Ashley.

Lotus~1295288185.93735623 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY
On 1/17/2011 lyn in MI said:

I'm so sorry LotusLvr. I know that work that goes into growing our own healthy nails. I've read many mixed reviews about the gel manicures, and I've read that some individuals experience nail and/or nailbed damage.

Thanks lyn.

"After me....you come first."~unknown~
My sweet girl Ashley crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, Wed., 5/22/13. Miss you madly sweet girl. <3
RIP Jack <3 , my "Old Man" 7/31/13 Be nice to Ashley.

Shelbelle1295298670.68734792 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

That is why my nail tech talked me out of trying the OPI Gel Axxium, because it would ruin my natural nails.

Alismom1295311770.407776 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/17/2011 LotusLvr said:
On 1/17/2011 MissMoria10 said:

All those gel products, no matter what they say, cover and eventually weaken your natural nail. Sorry that happened to you Lotus.

Hi MM....so nice to see you.

I know.....I believed that it would simply come off with the Acetone remover.

Never again.

I have been wearing Gelish almost exclusively for 7 months. It DOES absolutely soak off with no filing or drilling. You had a bad nail tech. The topcoat needs to be buffed lightly before soak off. Mine soak completely off in less than 10 minutes and only need a slight pushing off with an orangewood stick. My nails are healthier and stronger than ever. Without the buffing of the topcoat, the soakoff is much longer but it can still be soaked off. This is the problem, ignorant techs not the products.

lulu21295314303.2121543 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I had a Shellac manicure and had no problem removing it myself. My DIL has had Shellac, Gelish and OPI Axxium and the only one that was difficult to remove was the Axxium. It does sound like the nail tech did not know what she was doing. Did you have a problem removing the Gelish after your first manicure?

Brabls1295314558.86714740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

I am dumb. I don't get it. You had great nails. You "caved." What did the nail tech have to do with it? I go with the old adage, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

csv3201295314789.8376724 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007

I had Gel Nails and they didn't ruin my nails at all. All I did to remove it was soak cotton balls in acetate nail polish remover, put it on my nail, wrap a rubber band around my nail to hold it on very tight, put a piece of Reynolds Wrap over that, kept it on 5 mins. and the gel came right off. If there was a stubborn piece of gel on my nail, I got the fine side of the emery board, and rubbed it very softly over the gel and it came right off. No damage whatsoever to my natural nails.

momcat1295314981.2136402 PostsRegistered 9/12/2010
On 1/17/2011 Brabls said:

I am dumb. I don't get it. You had great nails. You "caved." What did the nail tech have to do with it? I go with the old adage, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

I had the same thought as you as I was reading thru this post. She was doing all the right things, and then had a moment of insanity. By the way, I'm on the same program using Nailtiques and taking vitamins and I love my nails! No way am I going to a nail salon.

Let me know if you suddenly become interesting.

Phira1295315261.537355 PostsRegistered 5/8/2005Southern Illinois

The person that drilled it off was being lazy. 10 minutes with acetone soaked in cotton balls (similar to Shellac) would have had the Gellish come right off with no problem.

lulu21295315325.07321543 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007
On 1/17/2011 Brabls said:

I am dumb. I don't get it. You had great nails. You "caved." What did the nail tech have to do with it? I go with the old adage, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Most women try these gel manicures because many have trouble keeping nail polish from chipping. Gel polish does not chip. I had it done when I was going away, and wanted my my manicure to last.

Lotus~1295321922.9735623 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY
On 1/17/2011 Brabls said:

I am dumb. I don't get it. You had great nails. You "caved." What did the nail tech have to do with it? I go with the old adage, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

It's rather simple......the Gel Polish doesn't chip.....lasts for about 3 weeks and is supposed to be removable with Acetone Nail Polish. What is it that you don't understand?

In my case the polish DID NOT come all the way off with Acetone polish and the nail tech "drilled" it off.

The "partly my fault" in the thread title is because I should have said something to her when she took out the drill.

How's that?

"After me....you come first."~unknown~
My sweet girl Ashley crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, Wed., 5/22/13. Miss you madly sweet girl. <3
RIP Jack <3 , my "Old Man" 7/31/13 Be nice to Ashley.

Lotus~1295322013.72335623 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY
On 1/17/2011 Shelbelle said:

That is why my nail tech talked me out of trying the OPI Gel Axxium, because it would ruin my natural nails.

I think that's what I had on my nails......what's the difference between the OPI Axxium and Gelish?

"After me....you come first."~unknown~
My sweet girl Ashley crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, Wed., 5/22/13. Miss you madly sweet girl. <3
RIP Jack <3 , my "Old Man" 7/31/13 Be nice to Ashley.

Sunshine K­ate1295322250.48312272 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

I did the same thing years ago. I got my nails in perfect condition, then ruined them buy having a gel applied; never again.

I went back to applying Duri Rejuvacote or OPI Nail Envy and taking AL's Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails. My nails are back to looking healthy and pretty.

I learned this time...I think.

Respectfully ~
Kate

baby burns1295326384.658793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

lotusLvr, wow you got a earful didn't you? if your nails were doing ok, then it should come back quickly, its a shame your tech did not know better, but thats water under the bridge now. if you are looking for a long wearing polish, by sally hansen, complete salon manicure, they are great, you do not need a base coat, i always put one on anyhow. it really is amazing an good find. they last me at least two weeks, have lasted three, but started to look a little tired out,

Smidget1295327042.8371664 PostsRegistered 2/17/2007Frozen Tundra
On 1/17/2011 Brabls said:

I am dumb. I don't get it. You had great nails. You "caved." What did the nail tech have to do with it? I go with the old adage, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

I was thinking the same thing, except for the dumb part. I'm sorry this happened but ~ you made an appointment, went to the nail salon, and and paid a nail tech to apply this stuff. Um, partly your fault?

I miss recess!

TexasMom11295327534.7033397 PostsRegistered 7/12/2007

Lotuslvr. can I ask then about the vitamins? Do the Andrew Lessman Hair Skin and Nails formula really work well? How long did it take to make a difference in your nails?

I am interested in trying them, that is why I am asking!

I am sorry you had this experience. Sometimes we get caught up in trying something new and it backfires on us. Hope your nails recover quickly! Don't beat yourself up about it.

naughtyand­nice1295327711.357521 PostsRegistered 12/3/2010
On 1/17/2011 LotusLvr said:

I had acrylics for awhile and had them removed last April.....I suffered thru the long, tedius growing out period....faithfully taking good care of my nails. I used Duri Rejuvacote and alternated with Nailtiques....took Andrew Lessman's Hair, Skin and Nails.

For the first time in my life I had GREAT nails....People actually could NOT believe they were my own.

Then around the Holidays I caved and had a "Gel Nail Polish" AKA Gelish manicure, twice.

That stuff is really hard to come off..."they" say an Acetone based polish remover will remove it, but they have to be soaked and yesterday she had to "drill" off what was left after my LAST manicure.

Now my nails are thin and weak again.{#emotions_dlg.sad}

How horrible. What will the neigjbors think?

Silverstar1295351659.2372794 PostsRegistered 4/22/2007

years ago i used gel nails over my own natural, strong nails. when i finally removed the gel, my nails were thin and weak due to the lack of exposure to air, no drill was used.

hang in there, your naturally strong nails will be back soon.

chumlee_1295352076.315381 PostsRegistered 10/3/2008

I've had my natural nails for about 10 years and my nail tech has been trying to talk me into the new OPI polishes - now I'm happy I refused. Natural, short nails are much more attractive anyway.

cheers! chum

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OCGurl1295372701.8377537 PostsRegistered 8/2/2007Palm Desert, CA

I am sorry that happened LL, wear a strong base and a pretty color and they will be back in no time, I wore acrylics for years and also went through the grow out, get healthy stage, now they get too long and I have to trim them, so I go from long and clear/light to short and dark.

In a couple months you will tell us how great they look again. Kiss


SarahW1295372868.9416146 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Oh, the drama. I need more coffee.

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