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    So I'm growing out my nails...I've tried this several times but have always managed to cut them off before they really got going.

    I'm growing out my thumb, index, middle and ring...leaving my pinky short so I can plant it. My problem is that my index is always getting the tip worn off from strumming. I suppose there is no way around this...am I right or wrong.

    anyone else experience this?

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    start building thin layers of krazy glue on that nail... yes really
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    My nails never seem to get worn from strumming for some reason. I hate it when I accidentally "sand" them down though. For example, if I'm sanding something and I drag my nail across the paper and they get some wierd angle on them. Then I have to file the nail down so it's nice and round again and wait for it to grow back to the length I like. I always wonder what my parents think when they see a 21 year old man sitting in the lazy boy filing his nails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC Baltimore View Post
    start building thin layers of krazy glue on that nail... yes really
    You can do that, but you can also go get a layer of acrylic or silk nail applied to your nail at a nail salon. Not quite as toxic as pure C A glue (crazy glue) and they won't peel off as quickly. Keep in mind both C A glues and acrylic or silk nails will cut off the oxygen from your nail bed, resulting in you natural nail becoming thinner over time. That doesn't matter if you keep the layers on it. Talk to any woman who's had fake nails for years and removed them. and she will tell you that your natural nail must take time to grow out to get healthy again, but as long as you keep the acrylic on it doesn't matter.

    Lots of guitar and uke players have fake nails on their strumming hand. Check out Aldrines thumb nail. He doesn't have fake nails (last time I saw him) but he was blessed with supper strong nails and he keeps his thumb nail quite long.
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    I'm basically a classical guitarist, and my nails are my "picks." The truth is, they don't need to be that long to work effectively. Mine tend to rip/break if I don't keep them filed down to a reasonable length.

    A clear calcium gel nail polish like Sally Hansen's Triple Strong works pretty good, although I'm usually too lazy to use it. While it's not a high gloss shine, I imagine a lot of guys would rather not be known for wearing any nail polish.

    A lot of guitarists swear by Onymyrrhe. I've been meaning to try it, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Many years ago I tried some nail fortifier that was a blue liquid, not a polish, that absorbed into the nails and made them very strong. I'm wondering if it was the same thing.

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    My husband had the same problem when he first started playing. He used Sally Hanson Diamond Strength on the problem nail. Eventually he didn't need it anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SailQwest View Post
    My husband had the same problem when he first started playing. He used Sally Hanson Diamond Strength on the problem nail. Eventually he didn't need it anymore.
    They make a "diamond strenth" now? I haven't bought any in years. But Sally Hanson nail products are usually fairly inexpensive and available at most chain drug stores.

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    Sally Hansen's, eh? Would you believe that I already have some? This is a topic that I think could have its own forum--one titled, "Under The Union Jack" (topics relevant or somehow pertaining to former and present UK colonies--yes, the Hawaiian flag has the Union Jack as part of it.). The reason I have some is because I use it for tying chironomid pupa imitations--a fly fishing/fly tying technique that originates from the United Kingdom. Funny/weird how one hobby can actually connect with another.

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    I just cut my index finger nail short and play with the finger pad. Mine is worn right down. Probably because I use an index finger strumming style for almost everything.
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    Trim them to the quick. Long nails are a liability - they break, tear and snag. Better to use the tips of your fingers and the tops of the nails.
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