(Closed) Don't know what to ask when going to the nail salon!?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ask for gel nails or shellac. The nail polish itself is a gel. They put a base coat, the shellac/gel, and a top coat, and then they cure it with a UV light. I’ve had it done before and it lasts about two weeks, and I’m REALLY hard on my nails. Consistant color, too!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love shellac and gel polishes.  There are a few brands and salons use different ones.  I got a mani before we went on our honeymoon and it lasted more than the 3 weeks we were gone. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Gel manis look beautiful, but are a b*tch to take off! Go back to the salon and let them take it off. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@peachbaby4008:  no, but you can get them to add acrylics and then shellac on top of that.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You would need acrylic for length if you need the legnth right away.  I have short nails too and I am going to try and do gels leading up to my wedding so hopefully I can grow my nails out and just maintain the gels. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ask for a no-chip manicure which has varied forms like Shellac and Gelish. They don’t make your nails look longer. In order to add length, you would have to get acrylics.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@peachbaby4008:  That is exactly what you would do! 🙂 LOVE LOVE LOVE gel nails…of course, I have it over my real nails but mine grow super long.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Go to an upscale salon for Shellac. I’ve done it many times and all have ended up peeling or chipping within days or a week when they are supposed to last at least one week. Why? Because of all the Shellac knock offs.

 

Shellac is a brand name by CND. So far only that and OPI brand last. Normally I am for generic brands but this I do not. 

Expect to pay $30 or a little less. Get no more than 3-4 days before your big day. Your nails will grow out & you will be able to see it. To me, my Shellac looks best on day 3. 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’ve been getting gel manis for quite some time now, and I am super hard on my nails. I find that Shellac and OPI are off my nails and destroyed within a week-9 days. I’ve been consistently getting either Gelish brand or IBD since September and they last a solid 2-3 weeks, no chipping or peeling. I pay $25 every mani, but I think it’s worth it to not even give my hands a second thought for weeks on end. My nails are always super short-I hate when they get past my skin. My nail tech prefers using IBD or Gelish because rather than painting on with what looks like a make-up brush, these brands come in a regular looking nail polish bottle/brush combo. IBD also has matching regular polish so that your pedi can be a perfect match to your nails 🙂 Also-make sure when they remove the gel that they don’t scrape away at your nails roughly, and that when they wrap them in acetone, cotton & foil, they don’t leave the acetone on too long or your nails will be really weak. For your first gel mani, it should be similar to a regular mani except that they use a primer on your nails, then base coat->UV light->first coat->UV light->2nd coat->UV light->top coat->UV light. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I bought an at home kit of Gelish and do them myself sometimes. Shellac, OPI, etc are other brands that salons have too.

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