My method of playing the guitar is to hold a guitar pick between my index finger and thumb and use the other fingers on the right hand to pick notes or additional chord tones. In order to do this, my nails on the right hand have to be a little longer than normal. But the problem is, they wear down and brake too quickly.
I was reading researching what other guitar players do. Of course many of them use finger picks on the right hand fingers. Unfortunately, I can't see myself doing it. I've tried the picks on; just didn't like it at all. Then I discovered that others have their fingernails gelled at a salon. That sounded like an idea I could live with so I gave it a try.
It worked out well for the first two times. I noticed when the gel wore off/grew off that the nail on my middle finger looked a little stressed. I didn't think it was much to worry about so I went ahead and had it done again. This time, when the gel's time was up and the remainder came off the nail, it looks like it has eaten almost half of my nail.
Was this normal? I certainly had no idea. Then a friend who works in salons told me:
Your nails are thinning due to the lack of oxygen at the nail bed. This occurs in 98% of gel nail clients. Go to a salon and get nail envy in a matte finish. It is applied daily and works quickly. In the meantime duct tape picks to your fingers. Duct tape can fix anything! LOL
I've been reluctant to try the duct tape. I will save that thought for later. I may need it later on. I saw a few reviews for Nail Envy online. One reviews I saw claimed it was quite expensive; around $20 for a small bottle. But I found OPI Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener, 0.5-Fluid Ounce can be bought from Amazon for 77% off list price for just $3.95.
Here are the directions:
To strengthen natural nails, apply two coats of Matte Nail Envy, followed by one coat every other day. Complete instructions enclosed. Excellent for men
The only thing I'm wondering about is if I need to let the damaged nail grow out a bit more before I start using this. And sadly, it looks like I'll be a little handicapped when it comes to picking for the next month or so.