(Closed) First Time Having My Nails Done

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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patchm :  gel is just a kind of polish that is super long lasting and cures under a Lamp instead of air drying. If you want to make your nails longer, you’ll need to get acrylics. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’d not to go get them done. Now I like paying a professional to give me a pedicure, lash extensions, and for facials,  and sometimes for haircuts , but I HATE getting acrylic nails put on. 

Every single salon I’ve been to tries to grind down my nails and half the time,  they’ll nick the cuticle.  Ugh,  honestly,  it’s painful and the sound of the drill makes me cringe now.  I just do mine at home with kiss nails. If you want a French manicure,  I’d go for the kiss everlasting set. Far less expensive and painful then going to a salon to get acrylics put on. 

I’m planning to install light pink nails Monday at home. I’ve had them off for a few days because if the rigors of moving house and cleaning my rental house prior to moving in with fi after the wedding next weekend. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I had silk nails for the wedding. Looove them, but can be hard to find someone that does silk. 

These days, I just have shellac. Sometimes I do miss my silk nails though. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee

If you want solid color acrylic nails, just ask for a full set. If you’re doing white tips it’s the same, a full set just with white tips. I get my nails done regularly and I do an acrylic full set with gel polish on top. I just like that it lasts longer without chipping because I too have a habit of picking at my nails. They are damaging though, so it’s difenitly something to consider. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

With the gel nails they do here, they do add the white tips (for length) and use the gel polish to cure it. The only downside is they do tend to grind down your nails so it will adhere. I’ve only heard of one local salon that doesn’t, and it’s expensive. Are you looking for french tips or a solid color? 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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patchm :  Acrylics might be a good way to go then. I would only say do them professionally instead for your wedding to make sure they stick. That would stink if they didn’t! I don’t get mine done that often either. It might KIND of ruin your nails underneath when you remove them, but what I normally do is just polish them till the rough portion grows out. I don’t particularly like that part, but it’s worth it for special occasions. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I like the NexGen dip nails. I usually do them on my natural nail but you can have what they called “tips” applied to give you whatever length you want.

I dislike acrylics for the damage the drills do to your natural nail, I feel like the NexGen is a lot gentler as they only very lightly buff your natural nail before application as opposed to the more intense drilling if acrylics. But the key is finding a good salon that speacilizes in it and knows the best process to apply them with as little damage to your real nail as possible. My salon was one of the first in the area to offer NexGen so it’s something they take a lot of pride in and all the manicurist are specially trained in the application and removal.

My nails usually last around a month before I want them redone and then I go to the salon and let them soak them off for me.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I wear acrylics full time now, but in the past I’ve had them done for events and just ask them not to grind down my nail. They stay on for a few days. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Whether you go with hard gel or acrylic, my best advice would be to spend the extra money on a true professional who takes their time, doesn’t do anything to ruin your natural nail plate (a proper nail tech should never be grinding your nail down or hitting cuticle!) and when you have them removed ask for them to leave a very thin layer of the product behind on your nails. (Again, a pro will know to do this already, so long as there isn’t any lifting. If they do see lifting when filing down the product, they’ll have to remove these little sections.) Doing this will help keep your nails nice and strong as they grow out, and you can always just paint polish over it yourself to hide the growth, and take a file to it as they get too long. 

Not sure where you live, but I’m in BC Canada, and here to get a really good set done by a really good nail tech will cost about $80, just to give you an idea of price. 

If you have any further questions, let me know! I’m a manicureist (only works with natural nails) but know about the industry and have many friends who are incredible nail techs that I could bend their ears -so to speak – and find out any more information you may be wanting 😊

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Oh and as for the difference between hard gel and acrylic, they isn’t much of one. They just go down differently, cure differently, and acrylic will be a bit harder/stronger. But for your needs, either will work just fine! So just find a nail tech who’s work you really like, and no need to worry about which medium they prefer to work with 😊

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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patchm :  make sure to post pictures of how they turn out! 

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