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GUEST,DMcF fingernail strengthening (41) RE: fingernail strengthening 22 Sep 04

Acrylic has been the answer for me. My (poor?) technique of attacking the top of my nails on percussive downstrokes was wearing them away quicker than I could grow 'em. A lady friend suggested acrylic was the answer - and I've been attending a local nail salon for two years now, no ill effect, quite the reverse - I have much healthier nails these days.
As others have mentioned - these are not some false layer of material glued on that might 'fly off', but a powder - mixed with solvent - applied by painting on with a paint brush - which sets like glass. Very strong, very durable. As your nails grow a gap appears at the cuticle end which needs back-filling (they call it re-balancing!) - and the number of days before this process needs to be done depends on your diet as much as anything - hence some of the aboves messages mentioning different time intervals.
When I'm eating well (or hitting the vitamin suplements) my nails grow quicker! On avearage I go back every third week - unless I chip one - usually by performing a hard 'straightfingers' into some imanimate object at work!
It costs me 1.50 a nail - and as I use a thumbpick, I only need two fingers doing (poor style once again!) where my pal Alistair Hulett gets a full set ('cept pinkie!).
We both swear by Acrylic - never loooked back.
Cheers! - Duncan

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