To start off here's a peek at my nails with nothing on. I have a confession, I was a bit of a nail biter in my teens and that included nibbling at the skin around them. Gross! When I stopped biting they just never really grew well. They chipped and peeled and my cuticles were not happy. For a lover of nail polish like me this was frustrating. So what changed? Well I'll tell you...
A couple of years ago now I went to have acrylics done at a local salon and the girls there suggested I have silk nails instead and that they were much better for your nails than acrylics. They even went so far as to tell me my nails would eventually grow stronger naturally.
There was a customer sat next to me that backed them up and said she much preferred the silks. So gulping at the difference in price, I think acrylics were NZD$80 and Silks were NZD$110 for a full set, I sat down for my first application.
I had the silks back filled a few times and the last time I had them done the manager there said to me "you know if you really want to grow your own nails you can" and something about that just clicked and I realized how much I really wanted to grow my own nails.
So once I had them removed, it still took time for the rough nail to grow out like with acrylics but my natural nails did grow stronger! I was even able to paint my own nails with a soft French tip for my wedding day. With a little help from a bridesmaid for my right hand!
So with my natural nails now healthy and strong my love for nail polish has grown into a bit of an addiction really. I usually manage to paint my nails 3-4 times a week and my collection has grown to a be a bit ridiculous for one person really.
So there it is my first nail post. My photography skills can only get better right?
I look forward to sharing some of my manicures in the future.
Ciao for now.