Post # 1
How long do they last? I am thinking about getting mine done, just like a gel coating in black over my real nails since they have grown out, but I wanted to know how long it lasts?
Are there other options when it comes to strong coating on natural nails? I was going to just paint my nails for my wedding, but I don’t want to have to fuss with them afterwards on the honeymoon, and worry about them chipping, etc. on the wedding day.
Any info on gel nails, or other alternatives for natural nails would be great. 🙂
Post # 3
@agirlwithdreams7: I’m glad you posted this. I had mine done for the first time on 11/5 and I don’t want to pay to have someone take it off. I’m scared to do it myself. Worried I will damage my nails.
Post # 4
I took mine off after 3 weeks and I didn’t have any chips. They had just grown out! My nails were fine after. I just soaked them in acetone and scraped with an Orange wood stick. I buffed my nails after and they looked normal! I say go for it!
Post # 5
Mine lasted 3 weeks as well! I had french tips so even though they grew out I just added a top layer of shine and they looked completely normal. No chips or anything. After the 3 weeks a couple nails started peeling at the edges so I just peeled them all off. No damage 🙂
Post # 6
thanks for posting ladies!! And also, how much do they range in price? I know everywhere is different, but acrylics are not too cheap, around $40 from where I’m from. Are they around the same as acrylics? or cheaper?
Post # 7
@agirlwithdreams7: Mine cost $35. To have them done again it would cost $40!!! They charge $5 to take it off. That is more expensive than acrylics in my area. Acrylics usually run $25 to $35 depending on if you get plain or pink and white. Fills run about $15 to $20. So Gels are way more expensive to keep up but they do not damage the nail like acrylics do.
Check your junk snail mail for coupons. I get them all the time for gels at $20.
Post # 8
After two weeks my hair would get caught under the gel while I was washing my hair and would drive me crazy. They told me I could take them off myself with acetone but that absolutely ruined my nails. I have friends that get them done every two weeks but I don’t think I’ll ever do it again!
Post # 9
You can try an overlay with solar powder. It’s similar to acrylic but its a lighter powder and I think more natural looking. If you are interested in gel nail polish, try to see if you can catch a deal on living social or Groupon. I’ve seen a couple in previous months.
Post # 10
I love gel polish!
I always get french and it lasts me about 3 weeks or a lil longer. I LOVE IT. I always get french b/c they last the longest and you can hardly tell there is new growth. On the last week or so I’ll change it up and polish over them w/ the color of my liking.
My cousin gets them done in clear and then colors over them w/ regular polish, she swithes the color every few days and the gel polish stays put like new.
I pay $33 for a french gel manicure and Pedi; $15 for just the gel poilish I believe. I am go ing tomorrow so i’ll update if its wrong.
I live in Whittier Ca so there are tons of nail shops which = tons of competition which = the low prices.
Post # 11
mine last about 3 weeks before I feel like I need to get them refilled.
Post # 12
I tried a couple different styles: french, regular polish colors. I found the french to last longer for some reason. I chip regular nail polish 1 day after I pant them. This gel could last about 2 weeks for the french and the pink color I got didn’t last but a couple of days. I think it was just done wrong. The removal wasn’t bad at all. I have also removed it at home without any issues. It wasn’t worth it for me because it got expensive pretty fast. It was $40-60 for the polish and $10 to remove.
Post # 13
Mine last 3 weeks. I get the pink and white acrylic with gel overlay – french tips. Sometimes I can stretch it to 3 and a half weeks!
Post # 14
Mine last a long while and I am tough on them. It costs $25 and they never charge me to take them off as I get them redone every 4 weeks.
Post # 15
I just got a manicure done that was amazing. She used regular polish (more choices) then did the gel top coat. I paid for a regular manicure, and a week later my nails still look great. Usually with just polish I am lucky if it lasts a day. I am definiately getting this done more often!
It may be an option if the gels are too much. Last time I got full gel, it cost me about $30 here in Dallas. (but that included the manicure too, so I bet it would be cheaper with out the manicure part, but I love the massage!). But I think for the wedding/honeymoon the expense is well worth it for the gels.
I have also found the Essie lasts a really long time. I can put a couple coats on of that nail polish and I am good to go for about 4 days without any top coat. I am going to pick up their top coat this weekend and see if it lengthens the time I can wear.
Post # 16
Mine lasted over a month, easily. I got mine taken off by the salon though because of how long it would take to DIY.