Do you know what happens to my nails after getting water logged? Aside from getting fat ... they get invisible.
Sorry for the yellow nails. I'm waiting for something ;) and until then enjoy my jaundiced finger nails in all their glory.
So after an hour or two of shoving my face full of wet crabs my nails got pretty see through.
This scenario gives me an opportunity to make a good point ...
... at this stage your nails are soft, pliable, weak, and more likely to tear.
*PLEASE BE CAREFUL*
Avoid filing, using your nails as tools, and polishing.
If you are thinking to yourself ... "wait a minute, we want the nail to be flexible, this is perfect!" Unfortunately, the nail is a bit too soft at this stage. Imagine wet paper. Nail hardness is NOT balanced with flexibility, therefore the nails are not as strong as they could be. Be gentle to avoid tearing. I avoid all filing until ...
Don't worry though, they will always go back to the original solid color once they dry up. It's now safe to file. Other cautionary measures for your nails are discussed here.
I think I had base coat on at this point so they are a bit more shiny too. *still yellow as hell :(
Sometimes I just get holes in my nails ... weird. But again, it always goes back after it dries up.
Because nails behave this way I seriously dislike "wet manicures", which involve soaking the hands in soapy water at the start. You will see this in some nail salons and YouTube video's all the time. I hate it (I know those are strong words) and find it to be dated and very (old) textbook. There are other, better methods out there. Although soaking has some advantages, like making pushing back cuticles or removing the true cuticle easier, it introduces an inherent weakness to the nail during the manicure process that I just would like to avoid, hence prefer a "dry manicure". I know some people actually prefer filing after soaking, but unless you have extremely thick nails that are difficult to file, I would avoid it. Those who have extremely thick nails would benefit from lower grit strength files to take down length.
If you visit a salon and they don't know what a dry manicure is ... run. I'm just saying ... why would a normal consumer know what that is and a professional not?
Do you notice your nails get clear? Do you prefer to soak your nails at the start of your mani?