To gel or not to gel…

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bkrocks13:  There are a few gel manis that they buff for (Axxium being the one that comes to mind). Get Shellac. There is no buffing and it really protects your nails!! Lasts about 2-3 weeks and if you get it taken off, your nails will look and feel just like they did prior. I have had every nail treatment known to man, years of acrylics, etc. You will love Shellac!

Post # 5
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bkrocks13:  Ok so maybe I lied lol..I have no experience with gelish!!   Here in CO, I have seen the Shellac mani’s go from 25-40, seems like such a big difference in price but they’re all over the place!  Keep in mind that you can get a french mani too if you don’t want color, and if you’re into nail art, you can still get that on top of the gel polish as well!

Post # 6
4959 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought Sally Hansen’s at home gel manicure kit and i LOVE IT! I took about 2-3 tries for me to really get it down, but now I do my own manicures at home and they last about 10 days. They don’t have a GREAT selection of colors, but I got so sick of paying $35 at the salon for a manicure! Consider this as an option if you want – it costs I think $60? for the kit and you get a color with that.

I’m not sure how badly it would destroy your nails though- maybe professionally is the way to go at first 🙂  

Post # 7
126 posts
Blushing bee

You still have about a month before your wedding.  I’m a nail biter too… 

Try getting gels with the tips on soon- having something covering your nails will keep you from biting, peeling, etc.  Take the gels off and, assuming theyve grown out enough, and put shallac (or something similar) on for the big day.  Or, if you like the gels, just keep them.  If you have them for a few weeks, you will be used to them and not stumpling over your own fingers for wedding day lol.  

To make them look more natural, have them shaped round, keep them short, and tell the nail person to keep them very thin.  You might also consider a pale pink polish over traditional french.  Those super thick, super long, wide/square, extra large white tipped nails scream fake, but this might allow you to have pretty fingers for the pix without feeling too weird.

My nails easily peel and are super soft.  I really like shellac because it thickens them up just enough to be durable, and AS LONG AS YOU TAKE THEM OFF CORRECTLY, they wont ruin your nails.  if you have a freak out moment and peel the gel off (done it!) your nails will be super soft and sensitive.  Soaking them off the right way then putting a coat of clear/hardener on will make them nice. 

Hope it helps! 

Post # 8
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have been using gelish on my own for over 2 years now. It is just like shellac mentioned above. Nails will not chip for about 2 weeks. I would highly recommend it. 

Post # 9
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

don’t get tips put on. tips will ruin your nails. gel nails and acrylic nails will ruin your nails.

gel POLISH will not ruin your nails. go with a gel polish like gelish or shellac.

also- have you tried duri rejuvacoat? it’s the only strengthener that works for me.

Post # 10
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@colorofmyheart:  +2 get gel POLISH, everything else will be too rough on your thin nails, just be sure to remove it properly by soaking it off.

Post # 11
2575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@bkrocks13:  Gelish is very similar to Shellac.  One of the salons I go to for gel manis uses both.  I haven’t noticed a difference in quality or a difference in my nail health.


Also, +1 for the Sally Hansen DIY at home gel mani kit.  I have that, too, and I love using it when I don’t feel like going to the salon or blowing $35 on a mani!

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