Acrylic Nails and Pain

hey ladies! just got a set of acrylics put on today, and this has happened before, but afterwards, my nails feel very sore and almost throbby.

I think it is the grinding they do with that sander thing. But just wondering if anyone else gets this? It has happened before when I first get them done, sometimes it is worse than other times.

i havent had acrylics on in over a year, so it may be they are just not used to it.

Anyways, anyone else have soreness? throbbiness? after acrylic nails the first couple of day?

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7 replies since 29th June 2012 • Last reply 29th June 2012

Eh... I tried them once and HATED them. I just couldn't stand the feel/weight of them on my nails not to mention the damage to the actual nail. I prefer to keep mine on the shorter side and healthy with a clean french tip when I paint them.

But to get back to your point I think your suspicions are correct... between the abuse to the actual nail and the acrylic squeezing on top, not allowing the nail to breathe I'm sure that what's causing the pain.

You'll have to wait it out I suppose Tongue

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oh I love them so much! I got hot pink tips painted on, then a black cool like design in black on one side, with silver glitter in the center of it! Happy
I love length a bit, and I love the way they look, they are sexy and girly! hehe and my husband loves them too.
I just hate that initial soreness. They are better today, and it wasn't as bad as it has been at some places.
I like the simplicity of having them. I can change the designs and colors and not have to worry about breaking my nail (natural ones break so easy for me) and I love different crazy polishes and such, but after 2-3 days it chips. Sometimes I can get a week out of it, depending. But I wash my hands a lot and therefore normal polish chips, then i have to remove it, re-do them and it just gets tiring i suppose! haha
But yeah I noticed that typically my nails are healthier, after the acrylics are removed, they are more thin, but yeah.

I think it is the sanding and trauma.

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You should find a nail tech that does the sanding by hand, with nail files. A girl I know who does nails always hand files them because she hates those sanders and all the damage they do. Shes a legit nail tech and works in salons a so I trust her. I used to have the same problem as you until I started going to her for my nails. It really does make a difference! My nails are rediculously thin and also flat as can be and when my acrylic nails would start to cone off I'd rip the rest of myself, which I've now found out is so stupid to do! It wrecks my nails, when I want mine off I go back to the salon and she will take them off for free. If I get a mani afterwards it helps so much! Those are some tips I've found out Happy

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yep, I always get the removal and manicure done afterwards! Happy But yeah, I will have to look into that hand filing thing! The last girl who I let use a hand file, tore my fingers to pieces! like she tore my cuticles and I had skin filed off on every finger! it hurt so bad Happy

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You could have tender nails and they're just "soft".

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I had this problem, whether I was getting them put on professionally or whether I did them myself - I found it was because the shape of my nails wasn't the same as the shape of the fake ones - like, naturally my nails are pretty flat, if you look at them down the tip (like you're trying to look under them), they aren't very rounded - so when the fake nails are glued on, because they're usually pretty firm plastic, they were forcing my natural nails into a shape they didn't naturally suit. If you decide to get them done again, either see if they have flatter shaped ones, or, if they use a size that is too big, but cut up the sides and re-shape them, they sit better. In my case, when I do my own, I buy nails that are only meant to be tips (the crazy long ones), and then shape the ends to fit my nails - after I started doing that, I had no more pain, its how I finally grew my nails!

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thats because they shaved the nail down.... soak your fingers in ice water or hold them over your head to ease the pain

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