The Mother Of All Nail Breaks

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Hello Everyone! This is a PSA do not lift heavy objects with one hand, cause when they slip from your hand they take nails with them.

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Last Wednesday I experienced the most painful break I have EVER had. I have very thick nails (thanks mom) and i’m use to them snapping off but I’ve never had one rip so far into the nail plate. It’s still attached to skin so I can’t just ripping it off, it’ll just bleed more and It’s painful to cut so far into the plate so what to do? I bandaged it up like a mummy and went to work, it was an very interesting day, you never realize how much you use your thumb for until you can’t use it.

It bleed on and off all day, by the time I got home there was yellowing around the split (aka my body storing up white blood cells to fight off infection) so definitely couldn’t leave it like that, even bandaged up. So time to bust out the repair kit.

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So first step, wash with Hydrogen peroxide, to get the blood off, then gently take the polish off (this was unpleasant). I didn’t want to file with an emery board, so I pulled out my trusty drill. I created a groove on sides of the break so it looks like a trench, I washed my hands and cleaned it with alcohol (I have no words for the burn.)

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I cut a piece of silk to fit the space, now here’s the tricky part. I had press the split closed and hold it in place with my pointer finger then place the silk over it, apply bonder and cure it (that burned like a mother).

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The bonder and silk holds the split together, i filled in the trench with gel and cure, I applied a layer of gel on top of that, then two more layers. Clean off dispersion layer, buff to smooth out the nail surface then clean off with alcohol.

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It seems to be holding up really well, I cut the nail length to half, don’t get me wrong I am NOT trying to preserve length not this time, but it’s not hampering me or getting caught on things so I decided to leave it for now.

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This is the thickest, patch i’ve done and I still keep it covered with finger condoms (it’s a technical term cause that’s what they look like) from CVS to prevent anything from getting beneath the nail if i’m going to do dusty or dirty work and carry around a nails brush incase something does. So be careful with your claws.

Thanks for reading!

-Kerri-Ann

 

Nail Update – Extending Broken Nails

Hello Everyone! Miss me?….No? that’s just mean.

After my last post I wasn’t… how should I put this…in the happiest place in my head, I needed a break. Add stress and weird things started happening to my body, I was achy, my nails weakened and my hair was falling out and no i’m not bald….yet. Fun huh?

Speaking of weak nail, they may not look it but they feel fragile, I had them unpolished and I had some chipping, peeling, and two breaks, more fun…yay!.

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The pinky was the worse break, it bled and I had to wait a few days before I could do anything to it. The pointer umm honestly I don’t know when it broke off, I looked at my hand and it was gone.

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I pulled out my IDB Clear Gel and went to work, you will need:

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  • IDB Clear Gel
  • IDB Bonder
  • IDB Flat Brush #2
  • 91% Alcohol
  • UV Nail Dryer
  • Lint Free Wipes

I put them into smaller panels so I didn’t end up with a really photo heavy post.

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  • 1) Broken nail.
  • 2) File free edge as much as possible, push back cuticle and lightly buff nail bed to remove shine, use a lint free wipe and 91% alcohol to clean the surface and remove dust.
  • 3 Apply nail form, then apply bonder and cure for one minute, bonder is not mandatory when using this type of gel, but it helps to prevent lifting, which i’m very prone to.
  • 4) Nail prep done, time to sculpt a nail.

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  • 5) Apply a thin coat of clear gel, as a base, like the foundation for a house.
  • 6) Cure for one minute.
  • 7&8) Use the brush to form an outline of the extension of the nail on the nail form, then ribbon to fill in from the smile line to the end of the outline, cure for a minute.

(“Ribboning” is when you dip the tip of your gel brush into the gel and let it drip off the brush slightly, it’ll look like a tail of gel dripping down. Keep the brush up above the nail not touching it then let the end of the tail make contact with the nail. Then move the brush still not touching the nail in the direction of your arch vertically down the center of the nail.)  

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  •  9) Remove the nail form, it should look like this, minus the bubbled, I stirred the gel a bit too vigorously. Bubbles can sometimes weaken the integrity of the nail and they will just snap off, so be more careful than I was lol.
  • 10) Apply a layer of gel from cuticle to the end of the nail.
  • 11) Cure for 1 minute, I did 2 minutes to make sure it dried properly.
  • 12) Wipe off the tacky dispersion layer with alcohol. File the nail down into the desired shape and smooth out the surface with a buffing block.

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  • 13-16) When you’re done it should look like this.

One month later they look like this.

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I’m surprised at how fast that pointer is growing out, I usually keep the nails on my right hand shorter than my left, it makes doing stuff faster.

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Something I should point out I am NOT a professional, this is the way I do it, everyone does things differently, i’m just sharing my way. I am open to being corrected……nicely.

Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

Nail Update – Under The Polish

Hello Everyone, This post is a little late, it should have been up before the vacation manicure, but I’m still playing catch up. Most people who do their nails always say if your nails are always polished why should you care what they look like under it? And in a way that’s true, but since I love to go polishless a lot I like to have them looking decent.

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I’m very rough on my right hand, so I get the most breaks on this hand, right now i’m sporting two breaks, one old (middle), one new (pointer). I’ve kind of modified the way I do patches for side breaks on my right hand because they sometimes start lifting and I end up having to re-patch which is not something I enjoy.

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What I do now is cut the side of the nail down on the side I will be applying the patch to. Apply the patch like I normally do, then extend the sides back out using a nail form. [See previous post.] Basically sealing the patch in the middle and strengthening the edge. This ends re-patching for me and as I file and reshape my nails it eventually all get removed as my nails grow out and I file and reshape my nail.

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Apply some clear polish and voilà!

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Thanks for reading,

-Kerri

 

Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab

Has anyone seen or used Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab brush-on cuticle oil? I have to say Sally Hansen does good work with cuticle oils. If it wasn’t for the fact that I make my own cuticle oil I would have been stock piling this stuff. Before I started making my own used Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle oil.

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It claims to:

Helps Restore Severely Dry, Ragged Cuticles.
Instantly Smoothes, Softens The Cuticles

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Taken from the package “This nourishing formula instantly smoothes, soften and helps restore moisture to cuticles. Infused with Vitamin E, the intensity conditioning oil helps reduce nail breakage. Created with Jasmine and Rose extracts which are known to calm and soothe.”

The ingredients are of course not all natural, which is one of the reasons I make my own, but I’ve been using this for only a few day and it’s been awesome to use, and the scent OMG!, I normally don’t go for sweet smells but this smells yummy. I don’t think you can find this everywhere yet, I found mine in CVS, it costs $7.79

Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

PS forgot to mention I sell cuticle oils too.