Post # 1
Hi bees! I just got my first manicure last night on the recommendation from a friend. I was a little hesitant because I remember when my older sister used to get fake acrylic nails done and they ultimately ruined her nails when she took them off.
But the stuff they used at my manicure was a gel polish that she applied directly to my natural nail and cured under a UV light. I’m really impressed by how they look and feel and I’m considering doing this gel polish for my wedding. My only concern is if they will wreck my nails when I go to take it off.
Does anyone have experience with this type of manicure? And what did you do for your wedding nails? I would love to see pictures of your pretty nails!
Here are mine
Post # 2
I believe what they did was Shellac – sounds like it anyways and yes, it’s just like a acrylic nail and will ruin your real nails. I’ve done real gel nails, acrylic and shellac before and they all ruin my real nails so now I just grow my own and get simple, normal manicures done. Those don’t ruin your nails!
Post # 3
I love/hate gel nails
I LOVE that I don’t have to worry about smudging or chipping
I LOVE how it’s just gelish polish over my natural nails
I HATE that eventually my nails became way thin and prone to breakage
Now I’m on a gel mani hiatus
Post # 4
Stimpak: I was a long time acrylic addict. and switched to gels there is a little bit of damage if removed improperly your self but if you go back to the salon and have them remove the gels you should be just fine!! I get a solid 3 weeks from my gels I love it! its more of a ring picture but I have gels on!
Post # 5
I’ve been getting Shellac manis about once a month and my nails are fine. I bought CND solar oil that was recommended by the salon and I rub it over the nail and my cuticles every night. That supposedly helps with keeping the underlying natural nail healthy and also keeps the mani looking super shiny.
Post # 6
I transitioned from acrylics to gels a few months ago.
My nails are in substantially better condition than they were after wearing acrylics for years, but I am still concerned about damage to my nails from having the gel on them and not allowing them to breathe. At this point I plan on keeping up with my manicures through the holidays (this is going to sound horrible – but just because my family hasn’t seen the ring in person and everyone is going to be grabbing my hand to look).
I’ll probably let them breathe for a few months, then start getting them done shortly before the wedding and play with colors I might like until I find one for the big day.
Post # 7
Stimpak: i got my first gel polish manicure in march of this year, and maintainted gel manicures through may for my wedding, then stopped. it DESTROYED my nails. i have naturally strong nails that grow long and quite pretty, and they are just now (6 months later) recovering from the gel polish. i’ll never do it again.
they did look beautiful for my wedding 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
I’m obsessed with gels and, while everyone is different yaddayaddayadda, I personally have never had ANY problems with gel manis. They last for ages, the nail underneath stays strong, and they look sooo nice and are hard to chip. I’d definitely recommend them for your wedding because you can get them done days in advance and not worry about them getting messed up.
The only downside is that I’ve heard rumors that the UV they use to dry them may increase skin cancer risks…
Post # 9
PS: Do NOT try and remove the gel mani yourself. You could rip parts of your nail off. You have to go to a nail salon where they soak small cotton puffs in pure acetone and place it on the nail and wrap your finger tip in foil for awhile. Then the layer of polish can be lifted using nail tools and a polisher/buffer.
Post # 10
So I also have a Love/Hate relationship with Gel polish. LOVE that they hold up for 2 weeks and no chipping. However they have completely destroyed my nails and make them paper thin.
I believe to have found the perfect solution to this.. . instead of completely removing the gel before a new manicure I buff and file the gel down super thin and then simply apply my basecoat on top of the old polish. I do my nails myself now I bought a UV lamp on amazon.. I am about 3 or 4 manicures in and think this is the way to go.. Because the reason why it ruins your nails is the repeated removing of the polish and each time it takes a few layers of real nail with it. So if I only fully remove it a couple times a year instead of every two weeks my nails will be just fine! Its pretty genious if you ask me lol.
Post # 11
I used to get gel nails regularly, 2x per month. Then I noticed after I got them off and in between my next appointment, my nails were so weak and would constantly break off.
They were never like this before, my natural nails used to be very long and strong, but I liked the look and low maintenance of gels. Not worth it. I even used nail strengtheners but my nails are still not the same.
I don’t see myself getting gel nails ever again unless it’s for a very special occasion. I’m sticking to just painting my own nails for now.
Post # 12
Sounds like you got shellac.
I did that for my wedding day and it was totally 100% worth it! However it does totally ruin your nails when they take it off. I would never do it on a regular basis. But I loved having them for the wedding and honeymoon. They were indestructible!! I didn’t worry for even a millisecond about my nails. Loved it.
Post # 13
I love my gel nails! I haven’t had any problems with them once I started going to the salon to have them removed. If I tried to peel them off myself, I would break my nail in tiny places. But since they soak them off it’s so much easier. I haven’t had trouble with it ruining my nails. It’s way better than acrylic to me.
Post # 14
Well poo it looks like I won’t be maintaining these manicures, I was foolishly hoping everyone would say that there is nothing to worry about when you take the polish off haha! It really is so nice to have someone do your nails and not have to worry about them chipping or smudging. I know I used to paint my nails once a week at least but it started to get really tedious. I hate having chipped or ragged looking nails and it feels like so much upkeep when you do it yourself.
My plan is to try a few different colours while I still have the gel polish on and find one that I would like for my wedding. Then I’ll likely strip my nails of the polish and let them breathe again. I’ve always had really healthy and strong nails so I’m hoping they won’t be completely ruined after. I would like to have perfect, nice nails for the wedding and honeymoon so I don’t have to worry about it. But other than special occasions I guess I’ll go back to painting my nails like normal. Thanks for all the advice! Feel free to show off your wedding nails or manicures, I could always use some inspiration!
EDIT: To all those bees that say they have never had problems with gel nails or shellac as others have corrected me, I’m curious to see for myself how my nails hold up when I do change colours in a couple weeks. I’ve always had stong nails and taken care of them, so maybe that makes a difference?
Post # 15
I got a french gel manicure for my wedding and it turned out great! I love using gel polish and have my own gel kit to do them at home, but I normally reserve gels for special occasions or vacations. I go to the salon to get them done every once in while if I’m feeling lazy though.
In the 2 years that I’ve been using gels, I’ve never had an issue with them ruining my nails. Never pick or peel the polish off when it starts lifting from your nail growth. I use the foil method to remove gels http://www.chickettes.com/how-to-remove-gelish-polish/.
Afterwards, I give myself a basic manicure – cut/file my nails, put on some cuticle oil (solar, olive, or coconut oil work well too), push back my cuticles and trim any hangnails, wash hands, apply nail strengthener, and them moisturize.
I actually just removed my gel polish last night after 2 gel manicures in a month.