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Filbert Nails? - 29-09-07, 07:36 PM

Well first of all I will bore you with the background! My mother used to tell me when I was young, that I had inherited her nail shape of "Filbert" nails. I used to think she didn't know what she was talking about and dismissed it. Sadly, I lost my mum this year at almost 100 years of age!! But ....off I went to college to train to be a nail tech. When the tutor was describing the 4 or 5 basic nail shapes, she said there was one other most desirable shape and that someone in the class had them. They were called Filbert nails!! I think you've guessed it. It was me!! I was sooooo embarrassed but quite chuffed really that my mum did know after all. My tutor also said that she had not seen a full set in almost 10 years.

Has anyone ever heard of them and are they very common? I'd be interested to know. Apparently they are so-called after the Filbert nut which I think originates in Asia.

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29-09-07, 07:56 PM

My Mum too has these nails, which she inherited from her Father. I have really envied her all my life.

Mum is now 79 her nails are not as strong as they used to be, so she asked for overlays. I find them extremely difficult, because they have a natural apex and adding anything to this area makes them look ridiculous.

How do you cope with them ?
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29-09-07, 08:04 PM

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My Mum too has these nails, which she inherited from her Father. I have really envied her all my life.

Mum is now 79 her nails are not as strong as they used to be, so she asked for overlays. I find them extremely difficult, because they have a natural apex and adding anything to this area makes them look ridiculous.

How do you cope with them ?
I agree, they are quite difficult to enhance because of the deep side walls and that upper arch which makes it hard to bring out a natural free edge....hey Retired your mum sounds like she was such a character!
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29-09-07, 08:12 PM

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I agree, they are quite difficult to enhance because of the deep side walls and that upper arch which makes it hard to bring out a natural free edge....hey Retired your mum sounds like she was such a character!
Hi Cathie,

You're early tonight! lol! Yep, Mum was just so funny and I think that's what made her live so long - a fantastic sense of humour.

Hope business is blooming.
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29-09-07, 08:14 PM

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My Mum too has these nails, which she inherited from her Father. I have really envied her all my life.

Mum is now 79 her nails are not as strong as they used to be, so she asked for overlays. I find them extremely difficult, because they have a natural apex and adding anything to this area makes them look ridiculous.

How do you cope with them ?
Yeah, my mum inherited them from her father, too. Cope? Well I've always painted them and they are usually strong and long, but you'd have to ask Cathie if they are difficult 'cos I've just had a set of sculpts on after having them ruined at college! Grrrrrr!

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29-09-07, 08:26 PM

My mum's nails are also like this . . . a nice strong shape on their own, these days they are a bit prone to flaking; I do an l&p nno on her, but I don't build the apex up much at all, they are still v. strong tho
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29-09-07, 09:52 PM

My friend who was a biter until I nagged her for ages has these nails too. I painted then for her last Saturday and she asked me about enhancements, but I said no need your nails are an ace shape and strong, lucky girl

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Lol 30-09-07, 12:09 AM

Can someone post a pic of these filbert nails??!!
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30-09-07, 03:17 PM



These are my mum's nails which I understand are a filbert shape, I don't know how to resize sorry
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30-09-07, 03:24 PM

My friend has this type of nails too, I didn't realise there was name for them though
I've never enhanced them (they don't need it), they're extremely strong and a joy to manicure.
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30-09-07, 03:37 PM

They also usually have a definate 'solehorn' too. Either on every nail or sometimes just on the forefinger.
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30-09-07, 04:56 PM

One of my clients that I have recently inherited from another salon also has these nails. I had no idea that there was a special name for them but I had told her that they were very desirable and that they were the shape we always try to achieve with l&p!
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01-10-07, 12:46 AM

Wow you learn something new every day!! My Gran has this shaped nail, didn't know there was name for the shape either!! They are a pain to enhance though as they do have their own arch & so can look to bulky/not exactly the right shape, so have to make sure not too much product is applied!!
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01-10-07, 09:50 AM

I inherited my dads filbert nails and if I leave them alone they have a really nice shape of their own, but dammit I cant, I like em long and dangerous
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I inherited my dads filbert nails and if I leave them alone they have a really nice shape of their own, but dammit I cant, I like em long and dangerous
Do you wear yours enhanced then Jac? If I am right these nails have quite an extreme natural arch to them - so how do you get around this if you want to enhance them longer?
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