I've done it myself, buying kits from Sally Beauty supply, but found letting a pro who does a better job than I can is the way to go. The most difficult thing about DIY is you're working left handed. That's not to say you can't do it yourself and/or there aren't bad pros. If I did it myself again I'd probably find out what brands the pros use, use a magnifying visor and be sure to do all the sanding, cleaning, disinfecting, priming steps required to make sure it sticks well. I pay $12 for 4 nails so it's not really that bad to pay less than $100/year on my nails.TJurcsisn wrote: ↑Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:58 pmHi All,
I'm looking for advice and best practices from those who have gone the route of acrylic nails, not just for emergency replacement but as a committed alternative to natural nails. Specifically I'm interested in those who apply the acrylic themselves (as opposed to a nail studio).
What products do you use?
Where do you get them?
How do you apply?
Comments/concerns about tone?
Any remarks (and especially pictures) will be appreciated, thanks.
No question acrylic is the most durable and long lasting. However, IME the trade-off is that your nails become very rigid and you have less feel. When I touch the string with acrylic on my nails, I know I'm in contact but can't tell what part of the nail is in contact. With soft-gel, the feel is almost identical to natural nails. Down side is that you have to replace the gel every 3 weeks. YMMV.guit-box wrote: ↑Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:52 pmTonebase has a lesson called "Fake Nails" where the guitarist describes how she does her own acrylic nails. I don't find it to be a particularly great instructional, my nail pro does a better and faster job with a electric rotary tool w/ a flex shaft. But it is helpful and demonstrates another professional guitarist using acrylics successfully. There are a lot of legitimate options that others have listed, but acrylic nails are the most durable and long-lasting in my experience. You can definitely get good tone with acrylics, you'll find others who say you can't, but it's a poor craftsman who blames the tool for unsatisfactory results.