(Closed) Have any bees tried the gel manicure?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yes, and I like it, but personally, I like Shellac better.  It comes off easier and they don’t have to “rough up” the nail bed to get it to stick.

Post # 4
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14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Tswife4ever: I just mentioned mine on another thread, I LOVE THEM.  I still have my polish on from my wedding over a month ago, stuff just keeps coming up when I am supposed to go get them redone.  The polish still looks wonderful and doesn’t have a chip on them.  I have had fake nails before and hated them, that is why I opted for the gel polish.  I had short nails for my wedding with the gel polish and I wish that I had had them done a month before and had them redone for the wedding.  The polish doesn’t feel any different from regular polish, it does take longer to put on, but totally worth it.   My nails are the strongest they have ever been.  I totally recommend them in no uncertain terms.

Post # 5
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6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yep, I have gel nail polish on right now.  It does def last longer!

Post # 6
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14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BackyardLoveBird:  I think that some salons interchange the terms, they didn’t rough my nails up at all.  The polish goes on in many stages with a UV light inbetween.

Post # 7
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@tksjewelry: See, my nails frow at warp speed, so after two weeks, they NEEDED to be redone.  I have a friend that can go 6-8 weeks with gel on her toes.  Maybe 4 for me and that’s pushing it.  That’s why I like the shellac…because the gel comes off and then my nail bed is weakened.

Post # 8
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@tksjewelry: I’ve heard that too, but the place I go definitely have different products for gel or shellac.  So, make sure to ask OP!

Post # 9
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1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve gotten Shellac manicures twice. They’re great, but don’t get them constantly. My nails weren’t too healthy when the second one came off. Give your nails some time between them.

Post # 10
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14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BackyardLoveBird:  I also did my toes even though the tried to talk me out of it.  My toes nails grow very slow and they still look like I did them yesterday, they will for sure go on my list of things I do to get ready for summer.  Worth the extra money.

Post # 11
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I like them but I have had awful luck having them stay on for more than a week. I’m a nurse and wash my hands ALOT given the nature of the job. I also have short nails too. I have a friend who’s had gel nails on and off for a year and change and she’s not had any problems so it’s probably just me.

Post # 12
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@tksjewelry: I agree.  Totally worth it on the toes!  I wish my nails didn’t grow like lightning! lol

Post # 12
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1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I didn’t prefer them. I had my nails bubble up and get textured/dirty after I had them done, then start chipping – this was supposedly done by an experienced tech at a high end salon. Even had they been done correctly, I still wouldn’t prefer them, because my nails grow fast and are really strong, so the extra layer kind of just irritates me and it’s more maintenance than I prefer (basically just like having fake nails).

Pros:

– Lasts as long as fake nails

– You have a really strong nail

Cons:

– Won’t come off unless you have them filed off or grow them out

– An unskilled tech can give you a crappy nail job

– An unskilled tech can file your real nail off when they remove them

Post # 13
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222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had mine done with Gelac for the my e-pics and I was happy with them until they started to crack and peel. The polish lasted a week which is longer than normal polish would last for me, but a week wasn’t really worth the extra money for me. AND it destroyed my nails after. I had to peel off the hardened gel because polish remover didn’t work and I didn’t want to go back to pay for them to remove the polish. My nails looks horrible now and I’m afraid to do it again for the wedding next week.

Post # 14
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374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

make sure you go to a good place and be aware you get what you pay for. i’ve done opi, shellac, some random other gel and i love it when it’s done correct. they shouldn’t put crazy glue on your nails, they should never have to use a drill on your nails when they take it off you should soak them and they do actually last. just don’t remove them yourself.. go to the salon and have them soak it off because if you pick at it or try to soak it yourself your nails will look a hot weak mess.. like mine right now

Post # 15
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Worker bee

@liciabelle:Hi I am a beauty therapist/ nail tech. The gel polish doesn’t damage your nails, peeling and picking th off will damage your nails. You should get them soaked off by a proessional. Gelac would be he poorer brand of gel polishes and doesn’t la as long as Shellac or Young nails mani-q.

 

Also no gel or acrylic requires ‘roughening up’ to enable a bond, some will require a light buff to remove the shine. roughening up would remove a layer off the nail therefore making it sensitive and weak. Anyone who does this is unskilled. 

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