A little over a month ago I got my nails did for the second time in my life. The first time was for my bachelorette party back in December, and during that outing I only used a regular polish and it chipped within a few days. The second time was for my wedding, and I was bound and determined to have nice nails that lasted longer than the drive from Utah to Nauvoo, so I went to a salon and had acrylic French tips and a gel powder sealant applied. And guess what! They looked really nice for a really long time.
And not long after we got home from our honeymoon, they started looking really, really bad. The regrowth showed beneath the polish line and above the fingertip, and the gel began to crack and separate from the natural nail. Today (and this is the straw that broke the camel's back) strands of my hair got caught beneath the gel layer at least five times before I'd finally had enough of it.
I'd already been planning for tomorrow to go to a salon to have my fake nails removed and a gel polish put on to protect the real guys after. But between an inability to braid my own hair without getting my fingers tangled in it and a very depressing bank account, I was at the end of my rope.
And then it came to me: DENTAL FLOSS.
So with some trepidation--it was all too reminiscent of pulling loose teeth--I started with the worst nail. I slid my strand of dental floss beneath an open edge of the gel, and cautiously I tugged back and forth until a surprising POP! and off the nail flew. And then I kept going with the rest of my nails. And then I enlisted the help of my very patient, very helpful husband to finish it up, and within 25 total minutes (it was a slow start) and for a grand total of $0.00, the offending nails were gone! It was a June 6th miracle!
So if you're too lazy to maintain your nails and too cheap to go into a salon to have them removed professionally, have I got the plan for you!
Before you begin, make sure you have enough dental floss (9/10 dentists recommend the minty kind) to have a comfortable strand for each nail. If your nails aren't quite pulling up yet, but you still want them off, you may want some acetone to help weaken the fake nail, or else be prepared for a lot of pain in picking at the edges. I also recommend nail clippers to trim as you go and a companion for moral support and assistance when you need it.
But with no further ado, THE PROCESS:
1. Take a piece of dental floss and carefully slide it underneath a lifting fake nail. It's easiest if you can get it along the entire length of your nail to start, but obviously that's not going to work all the time.
2. Slowly work the floss back and forth, moving across the nail.
3. If after a few fingers you are finding it too difficult or time-consuming to use just your one hand to remove your nails, now is the time to enlist the aid of your handy buddy in more than cheerleading. The process will move along much faster, trust me. However, the other person also has no sense of pain you might be feeling in having the nails tugged off (the gluier spots can hurt some), so keep in mind you are probably exchanging comfort for speed here.
4. Are all your fake nails off now? Good! You're done! High five, ya trooper!
After all this, you might be displeased to discover your real nails are not in the same condition they were pre-manicure.
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Right now, that's the point where I'm at. And since I am so cheap, I won't be going to the salon for a nice protective polish. However, there's a trip to Wal-Mart for some nail strengthener and nicer nail polish than I usually buy in my near future.
And sure, that might cost $8, but isn't that so much nicer than $35?