Last weekend I bought some fake nails as part of my halloween costume. This was my first experience using fake nails and I thought, "how hard could it be"?
I was kicking myself in the pants when after applying the third nail I realized that my middle finger (on my left hand) and my index finger (on my right hand) were glued together. And it wasn't just a little segment of flesh that was stuck...it was a good inch of skin!
After calling my sister in the room and suffering the humiliation of explaining my predicament we tried several methods to remove my fingers from each other.
1. Soaking fingers in warm water (recommended by Nail Instruction Booklet). This does not work. If anything, my fingers felt more fused together.
2. Acetone-based nail polish remover (recommended online and in booklet). We dabbed a q-tip in nailpolish remover and started rubbing away at my fingers...only to realize that our nailpolish remover is acetone-free. grrrrr....
3. Exacto-knife (recommended by sister's past experience). Do not try this...EVER! And if you do try this and fail, do not re-try Method #2. As the polish-remover seeps into your open wound you will feel pain like you've never known.
4. Warm soapy water (thank you google!). I can happily say this works. After about 20 minutes my fingers were unstuck!
Will I ever use fake nails again? Maybe...I'll just be much more careful when applying. And at least I know I can get out of the sticky situation. Not that I ever want to experience that again.
For now I will take pleasure in staring at my pretty nails which will probably fall off in a week's time...