(Closed) Engagement nail-game. To get gel nails or not to ä?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
10282 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m not a fan of gel nails. I don’t like the way they look. I would suggest, just getting a regular manicure. Let them even out all your nails, even if they are short they will still look nice. 

If you get the gel nails, they are going to cut down all your nails anyway.

Post # 3
47 posts

I get shellac. It’s my natural nails but the shellac makes them thicker so they don’t break as easily. My nails are super thin naturally and the shellac really helps. 


I would cut down your longer nails to match the shorter ones then get shellac. 

Post # 4
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Los Coyotes Country Club

I wear acrylic. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! I say start with gel. Make sure they don’t use an electric file AT ALL. if they say they “have to” then leave. It does help make your nails more uniform but you will still get minor breaks. 

Post # 5
2000 posts
Buzzing bee

I do shellac and it’s much better for your nails. Acrylic is the worst. Gel is ok.

Post # 6
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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jl2017 :  I have really brittle nails, and I find gels have made them loads stronger 🙂 you just have to make sure you soak them off rather than chewing them off (slap on the wrist for me!)

My Nail Lady extends mine using nail silk too, which is really kind on your nails so I recommend that if you want to even out what you have 🙂 x

Post # 7
421 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Depends how long you think you’ll be waiting. A few manicures of a shellac/gel shouldn’t be that damaging to your natural nails. I’ve worn up to three manicures in a row of shellac/gel, and my nails were scuffed up and a little thin on the tips but otherwise fine. 

Having gotten this type of manicure at several salons, I will say that some people are great at applying them (it doesn’t come out too thick, cures well, etc.) but some people are just awful. Some places just glop the stuff on and you end up with these thick, weird nails that look like you’re trying that “100 coats of nailpolish” challenge. Ask friends for reviews of places they like!

Post # 8
1700 posts
Bumble bee

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jl2017 :  

I have good nails naturally…years ago, I did every kind of gel/fake nail manicure…when I stopped, my nails were a mess, but in time, they grew back “normal” – no permanent damage, just temporary….that said, while they grew out, I simply kept clear polish on them all the time (give them a little strength) – when they completely grew out, I stopped and they were totally fine…

I only had my natural nails through my engagement; however, I was getting married out of the country and needed something that would last longer, so I made the decision to try shellac…they SUCKED for me – my nails peeled and chipped – they were supposed to last 2 weeks, they were no better than a “regular” manicure for me…

Reluctantly, I switched to the longer lasting gels…I REALLY didn’t want to go that route – the damage to the nails, the expense, the commitment, etc…I actually LOVE them!! They don’t peel, lift, chip, or break…AT ALL…I know a few people that do them – they go anywhere from 2-4 weeks before getting them done again…I go about 2.5 weeks…I could go longer, they still look fine, but my nails grow so fast, I want them cut (I think the growth may slow down now that the summer is over and I will go 3 weeks)…I also always get french, so you can’t see the regrowth at all…at 2.5 weeks, people are always commenting on how beautiful my nails look. (Mine really don’t look fake at all…every time I tell people they are gels, they are shocked)…also, she uses the electric file on my nails, and I am not at all worried – she is VERY good about only filing the gel – she also uses a manual file as well. The only thing I don’t like is that I really can’t switch from french to a dark color and back…too much filing to go from a dark color back to french and I think with a dark color, you will see the regrowth more…a well done french, I think looks classic and timeless, so I really don’t mind.


Post # 9
281 posts
Helper bee

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jl2017 :  I get gel manicures on a regular basis and have had no issues with it. It actually protects my natural nails and they are long and strong. I go to one lady only to do my nails and she does not use any electric machines on them or file my natural nail beds down. I also soak the gel off. I think the method in which they remove the gel has to do with whether or not damage is done to your nail. As long as they soak off and don’t use machines on your natural nails, you will be fine. I love my gel manicures. They are long lasting. I can’t stand the chipping of regular paint and waiting for it to dry. Acrylics ruin your natural nails. My nails can naturally grow long so I’m not a fan of acrylic.

Post # 10
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: A restaurant on the beach

I do my own gel manicures every two weeks using the gelish lamp. I already have strong nails but this gel polish makes them stronger. Only the thumb nail on my dominant hand ever breaks but since I’ve started using gel nail polish this hasen’t happened. Don’t get Acrylics, they destroy healthy nails. 

Post # 11
4250 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I would find a Bio Sculpture tech near you!  Gel benefits without the damage!  Calgel is also good.

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