Post # 1
I have never ever had my nails done, and I would like to have pretty nails for the big day…but am utterly clueless on what I should do! French manicure? Acrylics? Gel? What are the pros/cons in your personal experiences? I have done some online research but am open to any suggestions.
I do have pretty healthy nails that grow relatively fast, if that helps suggestions! And for work, I need to maintain a “natural look.”
Post # 3
If you never do anything with your nails, just go for a manicure. Acrylics can be great, but if youve never had ’em it takes a while to get used to and they do require upkeep after. You should feel like a beautiful version of you on your wedding day – just go for a manicure.
Post # 4
You’re going to get hooooked.
I agree with mdarrah – just go for a manicure. Acrylics can feel heavy if you aren’t used to them, plus you have to learn how to type, open a coke can, etc differently. I personally can’t stand to feel any weight on my fingernails – I never even wear polish on them because of that. And I keep mine very short and square, but I love to go to the salon and have those cuticles taken care of.
Post # 5
thanks, girls! i was thinking this route too…for something like that, when should i go? i am getting married 11/21…should i give it a trial go…and then another closer to the date?
Post # 6
I suggest just a manicure. You could go now just to get a feel for it and then I’d get them done a day or two before the wedding.
Post # 7
hey tia, wether you do gels or acrylics in my opinion it’s basiclly the same they’re both an artificial product that you are putting on your nails…..
i find acrylics a little stronger
gels have more of a natural shiny look to it
if you naturally have nice strong nails that grow fast and you don’t need to add any length i would get a gel overlay over your natural nails you can get them to build the french white if thats the look your goin for!!!!
either way make sure you go to a good nail salon that will make them nice, thin and natural looking you don’t wanna walk around with chiclets on your tips!!!
hope this helps…..
Post # 8
If you have the means, I recommend a trial go just so you know what to expect. And why not? Personally, I think they feel great!
Post # 9
one more thing if you choose to go with a manicure then you should go as close to your wedding day as possible cause nail polish on natural nails chips really easy so that means no doing any house work!!!! get the fiance to do everything!!! lol
Post # 10
I got my nails down for the first time just a few weeks ago, and I’m ADDICTED!! I recommend getting a manicure. Acrylics can wreak havoc on your real fingernails.
Post # 11
thanks, everyone! i am gonna make an appt soon =)
Post # 12
Yeah, I’ll just pipe in and say if you already have nice nails, don’t do acyrlics. And go for a trial run before…it will be fun ;o)
Post # 13
I think it’s smart to do a trial if you’re not used to getting a manicure. That way you can try out colors or shades to see what you like. I also second (or third or whatever) what everyone said about just getting a regular manicure instead of acrylics or whatever. I figure if you’re not used to having them on, they’ll feel weird for the wedding day.
Post # 14
Oh, and just FYI they will likely ask you if you want your nail shape round or square (I prefer round, but it depends on how your nails look) and whether you want your cuticles cut or just pushed back (I get mine cut because they are a mess!)
Post # 15
I agree with the other bees. Just go for a manicure. That’s what I will be doing, but I haven’t decided if I should get them painted french or just a light pink (like lots of the women have all the time on the Food Network). They might ask you if you want your nails squared or rounded, but that is a personal preference (I go for rounded).
But may I also suggest a pedicure! I love pedicures so much more than a manicure. It feels so good, and the end result is always beatuful, soft, glowing feet! I don’t go to the nail salon often (only a couple times a year), but I feel so much better about myself when I get a pedicure! It’s definitely a special luxury for me.
Post # 16
I used to get picked on when I was in middle school for not having acrylics. 12 year olds with 26 dollar nails! What in sam hill! A friend got them, and when she got them off, her nails had a horrid dent-line in them.
In college, my bf’s mom and sister flipped that I’d never had a manicure, so they bought me one. It was nice, but I chipped the moment I left the salon. For 13 dollars, I will do my own nails, at home, where I can sit with my feet up and not worry about chipping/smudging.
If it’s your first time, go for something simple. A Mani/Pedi will work, it’s fun, and your nails will look nice. If they cut you and you start bleeding, that’s not a good place to ever go back to. You should never bleed.