Mudcat Café message #1279287 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #73619   Message #1279287
Posted By: GUEST,Brian
23-Sep-04 - 03:09 PM
Thread Name: fingernail strengthening
Subject: RE: fingernail strengthening
As a clawhammer banjo player who found a need to have the one finger 'done'.

Acrylic is, well, acrylic. It is a noxious chemical in the built up layer and any dust that comes off in the grinding to shape and any later removal is somewhat toxic. It smells bad too when being done.

Gel nail covering is a natural sugar based product I am told. It is organic and will not attack the nail top surface and bed.

According to person who did my last nail I HAD been getting the acrylic kind (this was a better-toned shoppe) at a 'nail sweatshop', unbeknownst to me.
She told me to get the GEL fill behind the nail-tip.

Same cost - actually very cheap - one hour total to remove old acrylic fill with ACETONE soak (stink!) and then apply new tip-extension with GEL fill.
Ten dollars! Bargain. (plus, with due respect, the GEL salon speaks my lingua franca, but the cheap sweatshop alas does not and was not therefore communicating risks/options at all)