Post # 1
For my wedding a few weeks ago I wanted to have nice nails. I never do my nails as my hands are constantly in water with abrasives so I needed something that would really last. On the boards I heard about gel nails. So a week before the wedding I went to the salon and had them done. The process takes awhile, they put it on in layers and in between each layer they put your hand under a uv light.
Three weeks after getting them done, they still look fabulous! No Chips, No Scrapes, No Peeling. If my nails hadn’t grown out alittle, you would still think that I had just had them done.
I also had them do my toes. They tried to talk me out of it as the polish is hard to get off, but I insisted. Another great decision. My toe nails don’t grow very fast and I think that the polish will last prob another month or so and like the fingers, looks like I just put it on.
I have already made my next nail appointment to get the nails redone next week. As far as wedding expenses, nails and toes TOTALLY worth the price. It was only a few dollars more than the regular Mani/Pedi and it is now I will be getting them done on a regular basis.
Post # 3
I agree completely! Gel nails are awesome…especially for those that don’t have time to go in weekly for fills or just don’t have the funds to get a regular mani. I had mine done 2 weeks ago and they’re still looking good! Glad it worked out for you and now you’re “hooked”!
P.S. I also love the gel polish…it’s long-lasting too!
Post # 4
See, I didn’t have the greatest experience with gel nails- mine chipped after the first day. I think it was the salon, though… My friends did the CND Shellac stuff and they LOVED LOVED LOVED it! I think that’s the route I’ll go next time:)
Post # 5
Gel nails are great, it also depends on where you live. I’m a cosmetologist & I live in Colorado. When I was in Cosmetology school, in nail class we practiced everything on each other. Gel, Acrylic & Wraps. For some reason, with Colorado’s altitude Gels last maybe 3-5 days, they literally just pop off. I favor Gels more than Acrylics though, so depending on where you live, they could be a great option!
Post # 6
I like Gel but I like the minx better…..and even better
are the Sally Hanson Nail strips that you can do yourself on toes and nails …
The last ones are Nail Decals called Nail FOils I ordered about 30 different designs from Alibaba, but you need a heat lamp to do them.
MY favorite are the sparkly ones from Sally Hanson called Frockstar for 10 bucks!
I think what I like the most is that they last 2 weeks, the price and they don’t damage your nails at all! In fact they help to make them stronger and grow without cracking!
Gel nails when they come off you will have indentations which just isn’t for me.
Post # 7
I get the gel polish all the time!!
Post # 8
I love Calgels!!! my trick is to always make sure the bottom of my nail does not have color. So either do a regular or modified French/American manicure, or my latest favorite, a half moon manicure. That way, the growth is not noticeable and you can get them filled in a month or so with no problems (ie, you won’t see half a nail worth of growth like you would if you’d gotten solid color). I do push a lot of paper at work however, and my right hand index and middle finger sometimes pop up from the side and get fragile before this point. My tech will happily fix that if i go in. Here’s a nice half moon manicure I got – they look great when you have shorter nails and are looking for something fun! I loved the turquoise and coral:
Post # 9
I didn’t know there was a difference between gel polish and gel nails. I got the gel polish. I am totally loving it.
Post # 10
@maery1: Never thought about doing that…what a brilliant idea!! I’m going to ask my nail tech if he can do that next time. Thanks!!
Post # 11
Yaaay! I have booked to get gel nails for my wedding next week 🙂 thanks!
Post # 12
I’ve never heard of this! Thanks for sharing and letting me know how great they worked out for you.
Post # 13
agreed- I did the shellac, which I bought a groupon for and it looked amazing for over two weeks- and I SERIOUSLY put my nails through the ringer! I plan on getting a shellac for my wedding, and having it last through my honey moon- way better than worrying about removing acrylics 🙂
Post # 14
@melisslp:What’s hysterical is that I got this half moon manicure in the picture right as my tech was going on maternity leave. She goes, when I come back, you’ll have a french manicure in this!! Ie, the growth will have gone from half moon to french tip 🙂 It’s a great way to save money by not going in as often, or being annoyed with looking at growth after 2 wks. My tech suggested it b/c she does such good business she books up about a month in advance!
Post # 15
@tksjewelry: Fair play to ya. I had extensions but where they use silk as the layer on top. I had the thought of I’m going to get this done regularly. Last week, two weeks after our wedding DH (was going to say FI but can’t use that anymore, so think DH is the one people use but its meaning has escaped me lol) had to help me remove them as a couple had chipped, that’s what happens I suppose with having three dogs and it took 45 mins. It’s left my nails rough as she buffed them up so the extentions and the silk had something to stick to. I personally wont be getting that done in a hurry.
Post # 16
I didn’t know there was gel polish just the layers of gel with the UV lights. Just before I got engaged I was getting the gels and I loved them so much! The first time I went in they started chipping and looking weird after a week or so, but I went back to the same place and it was a different girl who did them and she was way more OCD/anal retentive about them than the first girl and the whole time I had the gels on (probs about 3 months) I NEVER had any problems with chipping or the polish looking shitty like I’ve had with acrylics. I definitely plan to do gels for the wedding. They look so classy. But, right now I can’t really afford to get them filled every few weeks. They’re a bit more expensive than the acrylics (and rightly so, since they last longer and look better). They’re definitely worth the money, but I have other things I need to spend my money on. And I have really nice nails to begin with so a good shaping and I’m good to go! haha