Post # 16
Nail tech here 🙋🏻♀️
In 9/10 cases the product being put on your nails is not what’s damaging to your nails (only MMA acrylic is damaging as it’s not supposed to be used on nails, EMA acrylic , gel polish ect are prefectly save to use, they’re simply enhancements and just sit on top of your natural nail)
The problem is that a lot of nail techs don’t know or care about natural nail health, so they overfile the natural nail, rip off old enhancements etc which cause splitting, peeling , breaking nails, cause allergies all that fun stuff.
So unless you know of a salon that really knows their stuff and works hygenically, I would do my own manicures.
A few tips: use a file with a low grit (180 is the absolute lowest I would recommend), push back your cuticles every day after the shower when your skin is soft with a soft cuticle pusher, oil your nails, the surrounding skin and underneath your nails as much as possible, well moisturized nails are a lot less likely to break. If you want to paint your nails, clean them with oil free nail polish remover beforehand, apply base coat (paint the free edge with every coat) , apply color and don’t forget a top coat. Thin coats always. That should last you a good couple of days, and don’t forget to oil your nails every day 💅🏻
ps: dip manicures are just acrylic powder and glue 🤷🏻♀️
Post # 17
I actually went to a nail supply store and bought the SNS product each color ran me $16 dollars and the clear powder that goes over your color another $16.. The primer step 1 then the base step 2 then the activator step 3 then top coat step 4 . Each bottle ran me $5 each. You will also need 100% pure actone I buy a gallon for $15 you will need that so when you are ready to change your color you will need to soak your nails until your color dip comes completely off I bought my nail sander off of amazon for $40. Best thing to do once you buy everything is go to You tube and search how to apply dip powder. You will need practice on how to use the sander that’s the hardest part. But with practice you will get it down. Just start on low speed so you don’t hurt yourself.Here’s a picture of the machine I got on amazon. Good luck😊.
Post # 18
I do my own nails with gel polish. I purchased a LED/UV combo light from amazon, and purchase OPI and Shellac gel polish online. The most important step is prepping the nail. I use a bond-aid prep over lightly buffed nails, and mine last until my nails grow out. It is time-consuming for sure, from start to finish it takes me a good hour and a half at least. It saves me so much money, and is not damaging if you soak them off correctly (which is also time consuming- about 15-20 mins for removal). I am a little OCD about my nails!
Post # 19
I do the NexGen dip nails. I don’t like gel, they always lift and peel and it’s a pain in the ass. I will periodically take a two week break after a few months of having my nails done just to let my nails “breath”.
I’m very choosy on my salon. I have a specific place I’ve been using since they opened and they’re extremely hygienic – the owners are fabulous people, we’ve decided to marry off my daughter to their son so we can be family one day. 😆
Post # 20
I do my own gel polish when I want a “nice” manicure, and jujst regular polish the rest of the time. It’s expensive to get started buying the light, the base and top and the colours etc etc, but over time it’s wayyy cheaper than having your nails done professionally. Especially if you are like me and typically stick with very similar colours so only really need to buy 2-3 neutrals and a couple brighter colours. I use all Gelish products for now, but want to try Ameili which is a lot more affordable and has great reviews online. I do find that over time doing a lot of back to back to back gel my nails get weak, but I’m sure that’s more about the removal than anything….I try to be really good about soaking it off properly but sometimes get impatient and scrape it
Post # 22
- Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME
I did my own gel nails for a long time, and tried doing dip nails too. As long as they don’t peel up on you, they’re not bad for your nails if you remove them properly! I won’t go somewhere to remove them since they just file them off and it causes a lot of damage to the nail bed. Lately I’ve been using OPI Infinite Shine base & top coat, and a normal OPI nail color and it’s been lasting longer than gel or dip nails! I do cure it using my LED light, but it’s so much easier to remove and I feel healthier for my nails since I’m not buffing and soaking in acetone.
If you want to do your own gels, the ASP kit from Sally’s is great! The ASP Quick Dip is the powder set I had, there’s just a lot of time spent buffing and filing, and it felt like fake nails instead of polish, so not my thing.