(Closed) Lessons Learned – Gel Nails are a yes

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

I agree completely!  Gel nails are awesome…especially for those that don’t have time to go in weekly for fills or just don’t have the funds to get a regular mani.  I had mine done 2 weeks ago and they’re still looking good!  Glad it worked out for you and now you’re “hooked”!  Smile

P.S. I also love the gel polish…it’s long-lasting too!

Post # 4
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

See, I didn’t have the greatest experience with gel nails- mine chipped after the first day.  I think it was the salon, though… My friends did the CND Shellac stuff and they LOVED LOVED LOVED it!  I think that’s the route I’ll go next time:)

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Gel nails are great, it also depends on where you live. I’m a cosmetologist & I live in Colorado. When I was in Cosmetology school, in nail class we practiced everything on each other. Gel, Acrylic & Wraps. For some reason, with Colorado’s altitude Gels last maybe 3-5 days, they literally just pop off. I favor Gels more than Acrylics though, so depending on where you live, they could be a great option!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I like Gel but I like the minx better…..and even better

 

are the Sally Hanson Nail strips that you can do yourself  on toes and nails …

The last ones are Nail Decals called Nail FOils I ordered about 30 different designs from Alibaba, but you need a heat lamp to do them.

MY favorite are the sparkly ones from Sally Hanson called Frockstar for 10 bucks!

 
I think what I like the most is that they last 2 weeks, the price and they don’t damage your nails at all! In fact they help to make them stronger and grow without cracking!

Gel nails when they come off you will have indentations which just isn’t for me.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I get the gel polish all the time!!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I love Calgels!!! my trick is to always make sure the bottom of my nail does not have color.  So either do a regular or modified French/American manicure, or my latest favorite, a half moon manicure.  That way, the growth is not noticeable and you can get them filled in a month or so with no problems (ie, you won’t see half a nail worth of growth like you would if you’d gotten solid color).  I do push a lot of paper at work however, and my right hand index and middle finger sometimes pop up from the side and get fragile before this point.  My tech will happily fix that if i go in.  Here’s a nice half moon manicure I got – they look great when you have shorter nails and are looking for something fun!  I loved the turquoise and coral:

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@maery1:  Never thought about doing that…what a brilliant idea!!  I’m going to ask my nail tech if he can do that next time.  Thanks!!

Post # 11
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220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yaaay! I have booked to get gel nails for my wedding next week 🙂 thanks!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve never heard of this! Thanks for sharing and letting me know how great they worked out for you.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

agreed- I did the shellac, which I bought a groupon for and it looked amazing for over two weeks- and I SERIOUSLY put my nails through the ringer!  I plan on getting a shellac for my wedding, and having it last through my honey moon- way better than worrying about removing acrylics 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@melisslp:What’s hysterical is that I got this half moon manicure in the picture right as my tech was going on maternity leave.  She goes, when I come back, you’ll have a french manicure in this!!  Ie, the growth will have gone from half moon to french tip 🙂  It’s a great way to save money by not going in as often, or being annoyed with looking at growth after 2 wks.  My tech suggested it b/c she does such good business she books up about a month in advance!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@tksjewelry: Fair play to ya. I had extensions but where they use silk as the layer on top. I had the thought of I’m going to get this done regularly. Last week, two weeks after our wedding Darling Husband (was going to say Fiance but can’t use that anymore, so think Darling Husband is the one people use but its meaning has escaped me lol) had to help me remove them as a couple had chipped, that’s what happens I suppose with having three dogs and it took 45 mins. It’s left my nails rough as she buffed them up so the extentions and the silk had something to stick to. I personally wont be getting that done in a hurry.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t know there was gel polish just the layers of gel with the UV lights. Just before I got engaged I was getting the gels and I loved them so much! The first time I went in they started chipping and looking weird after a week or so, but I went back to the same place and it was a different girl who did them and she was way more OCD/anal retentive about them than the first girl and the whole time I had the gels on (probs about 3 months) I NEVER had any problems with chipping or the polish looking shitty like I’ve had with acrylics. I definitely plan to do gels for the wedding. They look so classy. But, right now I can’t really afford to get them filled every few weeks. They’re a bit more expensive than the acrylics (and rightly so, since they last longer and look better). They’re definitely worth the money, but I have other things I need to spend my money on. And I have really nice nails to begin with so a good shaping and I’m good to go! haha

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