Adding Length to Your Natural Nail…

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I recently had some bad luck with my nails and almost all of them started breaking off (and those that didn’t break I had to file down).  I had spent to much time and energy in growing my nails out that once they broke off I decided to go with an instant fix and add tip extensions to get the length I wanted.

For many years I used to get acrylics done, both in a salon and DIY, and they destroyed my nails! So once I got into doing gel polish I got the idea to use the gel polish in place of acrylics and I loved the results. Not only did my nails hold up like acrylics would(no breaking) but after removal there was no damage to my nail!

Here’s the tutorial, I hope you enjoy!


31 Responses

  1. Jazelle says:

    Hello! This post is really old and I’m hoping you would answer me lol, I was wondering if u would have to file the surface of your nail to remove shine and can apply dehydrator and primer and then add the base coat?

  2. Wendy says:

    What supplies would I need to fill and extend my nails?

  3. Christiana says:

    Can I just put a tip on then use some gel polish and cure it ?

  4. Sadie says:

    What was all that noise in the background? Sounded like my Savannah cat trying to get out of his cage. LOL I wish you had shown how you did the left hand. I have a hard time doing anything on my left one as I am right handed. Plus you had all those long extensions on your right hand when you did it.

  5. Joy Leonberger says:

    This is so great! Gonna show this to my daughter and hopefully she will want to try this instead of going to the salon. 16 is just too young to ruin your nails with acrylic on my opinion. Plus she loves doing her own nails. PS: What in the world is that really loud banging noise in the background? Has someone hacked your tutorial, or was it like that already? Just curious.

  6. Betsy Blanco says:

    I have a question could you us regular polish on top of the gel? how would that work? gel base gel top then polish?

  7. Alicia Hayden says:

    Love this idea! I love long nails but haye acrylics but if I like to keep my nails long, will these break easily?

  8. Lucy says:

    What is the name of the colored polish you used? I didn’t hear mentioned in the video.
    Thanks for the helpful hints.

  9. Zara Bryant says:

    Cano I use full well tips without acrylic or gel on it? Like we’ll it be strong enough to withstand day to day things?

  10. Dana Schwartz says:

    Omg !
    Best “how to video”, diy ever and I have seen a lot ** informative clearly spoken just the right amount of instructions no extra chat and I like that!

  11. Anna says:

    Wow I’m so glad I found this. About how long does it take you from start to finish?

  12. Brianna says:

    Hi, can u use any type of acrylic nail tips? The ones I have are clear but yours look more natural in the video.

  13. Jennifer Broeker says:

    Never mind! I just re-watched this and saw that I can use any Gelish color! I’m sorry to have wasted your time. Please delete these, if you’d would, since they’re completely pointless.

    Nevertheless, thank you so much for this idea! It’s fabulous, and I was just very caught up in my excitement, because this looks like something that I could actually do! You also have a clean, minimalist no nonsense approach, that doesn’t involve a ton of products, which is so refreshing!

  14. Andi Shepherd says:

    Okay I am having a bit of bad luck here. My nails break all the time, yet they grow like crazy. But right now they are so short from breaking and I want my nails to have that long beautiful tip like acrylics but acrylics damage my nails and I found a nail kit on an app I have for shopping and it comes with an LED lamp and some UV gel clear, white, and pink polish. I have no idea if that means that If I get like fake white tips can I just paint over it with the gel? Thanks!

    • You can apply gel over any tip/acrylic. Just remember that when you want to change the gel color you will need to file it off because if you try to soak it off you will start to soak off the acrylic.

  15. Kat says:

    Where should we place the fake nail…? Like in the middle and center of our nail?

    • Depends on the tips you’re using. If you’re using a well-less tip you would place it where your natural smile line would be (towards the end of the nail). If using a tip that has a well (not recommended) then you would line up the well of the smile line to your natural smile line and have then well cover up to the middle of the nail.

  16. Lauren says:

    Hi, this video was so helpful. I’m just wondering if it’s necessary to spray the tips with the glue dryer after they’ve been glued or can you let them dry naturally?

  17. Tina says:

    I was in love after viewing your video but, I have two questions 1. can I use a top coat vs using gel polish 2. What are the steps I to know when my nail starts to grow out Thanks You for sharing

    • 1. No, top coat is not thick or strong enough and you will see a ridge where the tip meets the nail. 2. I do have a written tutorial under the “Tutorials” tab that shows how to infill once it’s grown out (assuming there’s no lifting, then it need to be removed).

  18. jessie says:

    Around how much will it come out to if you buy all the products you need to do this ? And the products names please because I always forget or cant pronounce it haha… and did you get them all from Sally’s ?

    • francine says:

      The price will depend on what products you buy. There are many different gel brands available at Sally’s at different price points. The most expensive item will be your lamp, usually good ones are in the $60 range. And you can get a pack of nails tips at Sally’s for a very reasonable price.

  19. Thank you so much for this. I’ve had a few nail accidents lately and never would have thought to do this. Gave it a try today and am so happy! Nubbins no more!

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