If you read my St. Paddy's mani post yesterday, you'll know I have 2 nails that have bad cracks below the nail line. I had a Sally Hansen Instant Fix product thing that I got at CVS for around $2 (on clearance from around $9) that looked like a really really bad acrylic nail job. I followed the instructions on the packaging rather than what some other bloggers suggested.
Well, last night I was sitting outside for a bit, and somehow hit the zipper of my jacket with one of the nails that has the crack. I barely hit it, and it cracked straight through that Instant Fix crap. I was all sad. Fortunately I'd already done the post/pics of the mani I had, so it didn't bother me too much. I came in & made a little mani area on the floor in my bathroom. My nails are somewhat strong (well for real nails, they only get weak when they get too long) and I have to use toenail clippers to cut them down. It was dark outside and my light on my porch hasn't been replaced yet, so I had to do this in the bathroom to make sure I could chase down and nails that flew like rockets when they were cut.
I cut them down, removed the polish, then had to remove the Sally Hansen crap. I soaked my nails for probably about an hour and scraped the junk off every 5-10 minutes with a metal cuticle pusher. It took forever to get this stuff off. Once I did, I removed cuticles and set up stuff to do the "tea bag" method so I didn't have to wear band aids while this grows out.
It took me a while to get this just right because the breaks are on my right hand. I should be fine doing this because I don't have to worry about hitting my nails really hard and making it worse since I cut them down. I still have just enough nail to scratch, which is why I love my nails so much. It always takes a while to get used to with typing and other things. I can't type with my nails or grab hot things with my nails any more. I'd take a picture of them, but I have to go get ready to pick up the kiddo from school in a bit.
I might take a pic with my phone and post it on Facebook later. OH, and if you didn't notice, I have a link on the left sidebar for a Twitter account.