My first acrylic nail adventure.
Besides some occasional fun press on nails for one night (that in reality never make it through the entire night), I’ve never had fake nails. Simply because nails naturally grow out of your fingertips, so I’ve never seen the need. Also the chemical, damaging aspect of acrylic nails made me hesitant towards them. But secretly, for a very long time, I’ve been wanting to get transparent permanent nails. So last week I went over to my cousin Claudia at Flawser Salon in Amsterdam to get me geared up.
Happens that Claudia is quite a boss in her field and is one of the best nail stylists around. I was amazed by the amount of skill involved, it was the first time she received the request of doing all transparent nails. With a fine brush she mixed an acrylic powder and special liquid together and formed every nail individually without using any of those glue on tips. It made the acrylic form after the natural curves of the nails which made them into the exact same shape as my own nails when they are that length. Claudia also told me that they are less likely to break without these glue on tips, because the nail is just one solid part as opposed to having different components which can break off. As for the chemical aspect, she left my own nails intact without buffing them beforehand and is using the best, least damaging products, so even if the natural nail will be thinner once you remove the acrylic, it is mostly due to the fact that it got no air.
Although these clear acrylic nails are quite thin, they are somewhat thicker than natural nails, something I needed two days to get used to. There is time involved in the beginning, but afterwards there is no more looking after it – the coming time I’ll be traveling a lot and my nails are just off the to do list – just taken care of for the coming month. Quite low maintenance actually!
But what I love most about this, is looking down at my hands and being in contact with things – all day long – while I’m typing this. Your hair for example is only something you see yourself when you look in a mirror but your hands are constantly in your visual experience.