nail buffing

goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
I work with my hands - at my construction work job either in the office or in the field in the dirt. I am an artist also. Polish is just not going to last 3 minutes in my world. Does buffing make your nails thinner and weaker? Any recommended products or how-tos? TIA.

I read the toe nail dress-up thread and wonder if it would work for me. I'm so clueless about this type of thing.
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Posts: 1,814Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't think buffing makes them any thinner as long as you don't do it too hard. It just makes them shinier. Get a buffing cream and a buffer. Sally's has them in a variety of versions

    http://www.sallybeauty.com/shop/dept/3420/2

    I used to do this before I had acrylics and will be doing it again soon as I am removing my acrylics today. I think it is supposed to make them look healthier too because it brings out the natural pinkness in your nails.
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  • hollyphollyp Posts: 50Registered Users
    I always buff my nails. As long as you don't do the first step too often ou won't have a problem with it weakening you nails. I have the weakest nails ever but the buffing has helped them become healthier. I use a 4 sided buffer that I got at Sally's.
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  • three rivers curlythree rivers curly Posts: 994Registered Users
    What they said. May I also recommend Sally Hansen's cuticle balm. You can get it at the grocery store, it is cheap and it makes a huge difference. I have been buffing for years, only doing a sheer off white polish for special occasions, an I much prefer it this way. :D
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    Off to Sally's I go.......oh lord, now I have something else to obsess about besides my hair :lol:

    Thanks for the advice ladies!
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    err, what's the buffing cream do? :oops: I am assuming you use it in the last step only. The directions just aren't specific enough on the jar.
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Posts: 1,814Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You put a little bit on each nail and buff it off with the buffer. It's supposed to help create shine.
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    Thanks!
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  • ~915~~915~ Posts: 519Registered Users
    Goldencurly,

    If you have concerns about the thinning of your nails, avoid stick style buffers and use the cream with a cloth buffing tool. I learned this the hard way.

    Chocolate Curls
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    Chocolate Curls,

    Thanks for the advice. I have been looking at the chamois buffer, and figure I'll go for that. The first step with the buffing block seems so harsh even when I do it gently and bearly enough to even the ridges. My nails are pretty thin and flexible and tear quite easily. They never "break"; they always tear. I haven't noticed any change in their strength since I started buffing, but I don't want to go too far with it either.

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  • cjccjc Posts: 636Registered Users
    I cant give any advice on buffing, but I have been using Sally Hansens Age Correct Growth Treatment. Its in a pink bottle and it "mends" the nail. I have very weak and thin nails...its been great.
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Posts: 1,814Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I would stay away from the buffing block for awhile...too harsh. The chamois buffer should do quite nicely for you to create shine, just don't push too hard.
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  • curlychellecurlychelle Posts: 44Registered Users
    A chamois buffer shouldn't thin your nails. My nails are incredibly thin and since I started buffing they are actually splitting less because the surface of the nail stays smoother and doesn't catch on thiings like clothing.

    I use one with a nice handle by Revlon and it works really well. I buff with Aveda hand cream then I wash and finish by giving it a coat of Nailtiques -- the best strengthening polish EVER.
  • ShrekLoverShrekLover Posts: 2,551Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    goldencurly - Neutrogena has a new product out that you put on your nails that makes them look buffed. I can't remember the name of course, (I have it at home), it comes in white pen shaped package. It really does work and it comes off naturally so that you don't need polish remover.

    I also discovered a wonderful product for splitting peeling nails. See the link. It is the nail hardener. My nails have improved 100% since I stared using this. I was using Nailtiques which was way more expensive and didn't work nearly as well. It has also improved the way the skin around my nails looks.

    http://www.aiibeauty.com/delore.html
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    thanks for all the info! :D
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    Goldencurly,

    If you have concerns about the thinning of your nails, avoid stick style buffers and use the cream with a cloth buffing tool. I learned this the hard way.

    Chocolate Curls

    Me, too. I was buffing the daylights out of my nails every week and now they are ridged and weaker. I no longer use a stick buffer. :(
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    where do you get a chamois buffer?
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i've seen them at beauty supply stores. and the Revlon nail tools are available at drugstores everywhere.
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