Post # 1
DH’s holiday party is next weekend. I plan on getting my nails done, which I very rarely ever do. My natural nails are decent, and polish tends to annoy me after a few days and I end up picking it off.
Anyway, I would like to get a cute holiday design or something festive. I don’t have a regular salon to go to, and don’t know anyone in my town that gets their nails done regularly either.
The salon I’m thinking of going to is not super fancy, as I’ve taken my daughter there one time. The employees were very friendly. But I felt like they had limited polish selections, and I’m not sure how much I trust them to do a cute snowflake design, or any design really.
My question is, should I take my own polish colors? And should I show them pics of what I like or want? How do I make sure I’m happy with the outcome?
Post # 2
If they don’t seem to be overly skilled in fancy designs, I would seriously consider going somewhere else. Maybe try Yelp and see what else is in your area. If you do choose to go anyway/find a new place, I would not bring my own nail polish. Let them use what they have that way if they polish does not come out well the onus is on them and their products and not you.
Post # 3
+1 definitely check yelp for salons that do nail art, otherwise you risk wasting your money on something that might end up looking sloppy.
Post # 4
There’s never anything wrong with taking your own polish. If you want cute designs, then find a salon that specializes in cute designs. Those are often stencils or appliqués and the shop either has them, or they don’t. If they’re freehand, they either have the skill set or they don’t. Taking “inspiration” photos won’t help.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice to check for a salon that does nail art. The closest to me is going to be too far, so I’m likely going to scrap the idea of snowflakes as an accent.
Next question is, do I get a regular manicure? Or gel? I’d love for it to last through the holidays, but I’m not sure that’s realistic unless I go for gel. But I’m afraid that I won’t want to go back to have the polish soaked off.
Post # 6
You can soak gel polish off yourself if you don’t want to go back. Scratch the surface of the polish up with a nail file first, then take half of a cotton ball, soak it with polish remover, put it against your nail and wrap your finger in tin foil. Repeat this with all your nails and let it sit for about 30 min. When you take the foil off, the polish should peel away pretty easily.
Post # 7
100% pure acetone nail Polish remover on cotton ball wrapped in foil triangles will get the gel Polish off in minutes.
Post # 8
Thank you ladies! I’m going to go for gel, and maybe just get a glitter accent nail. Honestly, I cannot tell you the last time I got a mani. I do a few pedis every summer season, but never a mani. Can’t wait!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I am going for my holiday manicure next week! I am all about the Shellac manicures because I can get 2-3 weeks out of them.
Post # 10
Manicurist here. Ask them if they do nail designs and what kind. Yes take pictures. That will help your tech to do what you want. I use gel polish BUT I only use Shellac. There are a lot of gel polishes out there but most that I have tried are very, very hard to get off. Shellac will soak off in 10 minutes with no damage to your nails. I have been using it myself since gel polish came out and I would never put anything else on my nails
Post # 11
I do NexGen nails. Different from gel but stronger and they last longer, like we’re talking a month or more. However, you would have to go in and have them remove those.