(Closed) I’ve never had a manicure but…

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

No, you will be fine. It doesn’t hurt at all.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Ehh I’ve never had a problem, although I’ve only gotten acrylics but on a few times so it was like half a manicure (I work with kids/in a chemistry lab so manicures are pointless for me). If it hurts speak up and tell them it hurts!

It’s the pedicures you have to watch out for, my feet are so ticklish haha)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You should just go.  Make sure you like it and get over any fears or anxieties.  I get my nails done every 2 weeks and my toes done once or twice a month.  I think you will love it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was scared my first time too:)  Make sure you go to a reputable place that is clean.  I usually google or yelp reviews for places I want to try before going to them.  Three weeks before the wedding will be nice so you can try the place out, but I think your hands will get a little worn (polish chipped) by the time the wedding rolls around.  I would go the day prior so your nails look perfect the day of.  Have fun!!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

since you’ve never done it and you seem quite nervous, why don’t you try it before the wedding first? 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You’re going to LOVE it when you go!  I had my first professional manicure last year (always did my own nails previously, and after comparing my work to a professional’s, I’m not too shabby myself!).  After having it I felt like “where have you been all my life?!!”  You’re going to want to go back and have them done whenever you can find an excuse for it.  I agree with Daisy… Make sure you go somewhere CLEAN (this is one of the reasons I put off getting a professional manicure for so long.. I’ve seen many friends go to a seemingly clean salon and come down with nail fungus weeks later).  You can google things to look out for to make sure you’re getting a “safe” manicure.  I also agree wtih Daisy about going the day before the wedding, that way your polish will be PERFECT for your big day!!  In my opinion, it’s definitely worth spending a little more money to go to a nice reputable salon than a cheaper (maybe not so clean) place… especially if it’s something you don’t treat yourself to very often. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hehe… sometimes the mall are actually pretty clean.  I would just look around and ask people where they go and how they like their places.  Most places you can walk in and tell if they are a clean place or a “we reuse everything” place”.  I might sound crazy, but when I go to a new place sometimes I’ll ask how they clean their equipment (nail and cuticle clippers) and just kinda look around to see how tidy everything is before I let them start on me.  It’s not rude, it’s just not wanting your fingernails to fall off:)  Don’t stress you’ll have fun:)

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You are going to love being so pampered!

If you can swing it, in terms of time and/or budget, I would try to get 2 manicures before your wedding… I will explain my reasoning below, but it will also help you relax and let you try out your color in advance!  Get the first manicure about two weeks before your wedding and the second the day before (two days before at the earliest!) your wedding.  At the first appointment, let them cut your cuticles (looks so much cleaner, especially if you have never had a manicure!).  In between appointments, make sure you are using a super-powered hand cream like it’s your job.  At the second appointment (the one right before your wedding) DO NOT let them cut your cuticles (sometimes you have to be REALLY firm about this).  Why?  You want your cuticles trimmed (like I said, it looks better), but a lot of people, myself definitely included, have problems with the skin where the cuticles were cut peeling after a manicure.  (This happens to me no matter where I get my nails done – cheap places or super-high-end spas.)  It usually happens about 2-3 days after a manicure and lasts for 2-3 days.  Then your nails look great again.  The purpose of doing two manicures is so you can get that potential peeling out of the way before your wedding, and then have another appointment to give you gorgeous hands (sans peeling) for your wedding day.

Regardless of what you end up doing, best of luck, and enjoy it!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would definately go the day before the wedding so the manicure is fresh. But the advice above about going now so you can get an idea of the manicure ahead of time is great. I would try that! They aren’t expensive and it’ll look so nice. 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Where I live, the places in the mall are not clean… They are less expensive, but are more like a nail factory where they try to push as many customers through as possible throughout the day.  Do you have any friends or family or any coworkers who get their nails done regularly?  My sister has had acrylic nails for YEARS and through trial and error has found out which salons are “clean” and which ones arent.  It isn’t always totally obvious that a salon doesn’t sterilize everything.  From my experience (ladies, correct me if I’m wrong) the “good” salons will use a brand new file and buffer on each and every person.  Metal instruments (like cuticle trimmers) are sterilized after every customer (either using liquid disinfectents or an autoclave machine).  Be proactive and ask the salon what their disinfecting practices are before they even work on you.  A good salon wont be offended by your inquiries and you should never be made to feel like you’re being rude by asking questions to protect yourself (if they reply in a snotty way, I would go somewhere else).

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Defintely go before your wedding so you aren’t nervous (there is nothing to be nervous about though).  You can always ask them to a) not push back your cuticles b) not cut your cuticles. 

But honestly, it doesn’t hurt, it is fun and you’ll have a great time.  Also, if you are still nervous: go with your mom, friends, MOH etc – that way you’ll have someone else to chat to if you don’t want to talk with your nail tech.

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