(Closed) Do you get regular manicures? Can I see them?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: What do you have done to your nails?
    Regular manicure : (17 votes)
    26 %
    Gel polish : (10 votes)
    15 %
    Acrylic or other type of "fake nails" : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Nada! : (30 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I voted for acrylic/other type of fake nails. I have been getting acrylic nails since middle school and I love them. I used to be a really bad nail biter (like down to the skin) and this is the only thing that prevents me from biting my nails. I love how they look and I usually have lots of fun picking funky colors and my nails look great. They also lasts two- three weeks and then I’ll get a fill in! I don’t have a picture now, but will try to add one later. If I take them off for a day or two DH will say “Babe, when are you getting your nails done?” LOL!

    Post # 4
    1495 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I DIY my own nails at home.  I used to bite my nails, and I really wanted to stop.  So, I got a pro manicure, then invested in some nail growth polish to see faster results

    After my nails grew out, I use a french tip manicure kit.  I put “nail guides” which are little pieces of tape to mark where the white/pink line should be.  I put a paie shade on my tips, then once that’s dry, I remove the tape and cover with a clear coat of polish that’s also a nail hardener. 

    Nothing fancy, but they look nice and natural and it’s inexpensive. πŸ™‚

    Post # 5
    653 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Here is a pic of mine, I love to get the acrylic.  My fingers are so chubby and they make me feel like they lengthen my fingers, I love tapping them on my desk and just plain feeling them all the time – weird- but I used to play with my grandmother’s nails when I would sit on her lap and it relaxed me.  I also love picking out funky colors.  I usually don’t keep up with them so long, as it get a little pricey, but I’ve been going since I got married and consider it my little treat.


    I also am a nail biter, so this helps out tremendously!!


    Post # 6
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I get pink & whites, which is a version of the gel acrylic nails. They look similar toa french manicure, but more natural. And they don’t chip at all. I only need to go once every 3-4 weeks for a manicure. I love them!

    Post # 7
    2570 posts
    Sugar bee

    I dont because they dont stay nice. I am too rough on my hands

    My mom tries to get me to ge fake nails (although she gets mad when I call them that because I guess its not technically correct because its a gel maybe? that is attached to her nail?) But I dont like the way they look. They look thick and strange to me. Too obvious its not natural nail. 

    So instead I just keep them clean, cutickes clean and with a little length. No polish.

    Post # 8
    1781 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I did Shellac for my e-pics (don’t have them back yet), but they lasted 3 weeks!  I am thinking about doing it regularly.  I loved it.   Right now, I manicure them myself and paint them and always have.

    Post # 9
    1012 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I was getting Shellac regularly for a little while but found I couldn’t get it to last anywhere near as long as they said (mine would last 7-8 days AT MOST before peeling right off, no matter what salon I went to or who did them), so I stopped getting them because they were hardly better than regular polish for me.

    I am looking in to purchasing an IBD gel nail kit (different than the gel polish, these are like gel “fake nails”) to do regularly at home. I love the look of fake nails but can’t find a salon around here anywhere that does gel nails, and I can’t bring myself to do acrylics even though I love how they look — I don’t want to deal with the damage to my natural nails /:

    Post # 10
    1474 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I also get pink & whites every 3-4 weeks & I love them! πŸ™‚

    Post # 11
    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I ge manicures, but am a nail biter… I did the shallac thing, to make it last longer, but I too had a hard time stretching it to two weeks… I think because where I work I am constantly applying hand sanitizer…  I got acrylics for my wedding and have really liked them- they look natural, and feel great!  She was trying to sell me on pink and whites, but I was too nervous, so I did French Acrylic…  

    Post # 12
    27 posts
    • Wedding: April 2013

    When I lived in New York I used to get pink and whites. I did that religiously every two weeks for almost two years. Then I moved to Florida, and found that they only did regular acrylics. And they used drills that damaged my nails, and I just didn’t like how they did it. The pink and whites are so much lighter and shinier and look so much more natural.

    So now I do my own nails. Just regular manicures. I have a whole box of supplies at home, and I experiment with different nail art and polish colors. I get compliments on my nails all the time, and there are a bunch of girls at work who always look at my nails when they see me to see what I have on my nails.

    Sorry I don’t have a picture of my nails now, I’m at work and have no way to upload a picture from my phone.

    Post # 13
    727 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Confession : I have never ever had a manicure!

    I had what the salon called a manicure for the wedding, but it looked like a 5 year old did it…so I do not count that πŸ˜‰

    I just don’t care enough to spend money on my nails.  Just not a priority to me, although I do get a slight twinge of jelousy of other’s nice nails.  Haha.

    Post # 14
    946 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I get regular manis. Shellac is fantastic for a special occasion or before a vacation, but do it too often, and it will damage your nails. Because it inhibits oxygen getting to the nail bed, your nails get very dry and brittle, and so it’s good to take a break in between so that you don’t wreck your nails.

    A good thing to do if you don’t want to get regular manicures (although they definitely help) is invest in some cuticle oil and use it twice a day. Vitamins also help with nail growth. 


    Post # 15
    2288 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I do my own nails. I love playing with nail polish, and I don’t have the money to get manicures done professionally. Also, I HATE acrylics and what they do to your natural nails. Newsprint is one of my current favorites:

    Post # 16
    5879 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Nope. My nails aren’t horrible but I defintely will not post them LOL. 95% of the time i’m bare and I ocassionally bite because my nails tend to break off. I think thats why don’t take care of them as much as I’d like to. The most that I do on regular is pushing back my cuticles. I prefer neutral colors or clear polish. Like a PP said I don’t place much of value on getting them done. I can count on one hand the number of times I think i’ve paid to get them done. I much prefer professional pedicures.

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