Manicure trends change on the daily and, to be honest, I was never up to date with them until recently. Now, I have a non labor job and strong enough nails, which affords me the luxury of being able to paint my long nails any way I see fit. I've had fun with the Sally Hansen Salon Effects and even creating my own designs. Well, recently I was in a wedding, so I wanted my polish to last through the ceremony and the reception without any chips or breakage. That's when the manicurist convinced me to do gel.
I was really apprehensive at first. I had done the whole fake nail thing and did not like the outcome when I finally took them off. My nails were weak and brittle and spending $40 to get them filled every other week was insane. I'm a college student guys! I've heard good and bad reviews on the gel manicure and I was ready to take the leap.
Now first I want to put out a disclaimer: I was in Ohio when I got my manicure. I am from California where the salons are big and busy and I talk to no one. In Ohio it is the complete opposite. The salon was located in the back part of the owners house, right out of a TV show! The manicurist sat me down, chose my color, and all she did was file my nails, buff them a bit and applied the color. That was it. I sat under a dryer for maybe 20 minutes and I was finished. My nails were soft and shiny and she said the polish would last for two weeks. I got my nails done on 8/8/13 and today is 8/22/13. The picture above is what my nails look like today.
I was extremely happy with my results. Now my tune might change when I try to take the gel off but I am happy with how long the polish stayed and how fast they dried (yes I'm the person who paints their nails and has to pee right after). My favorite part is how shiny they stayed. I might not do gel every time I get my nails done but for a special occasion I definitely recommend it. It's one less thing you have to worry about, especially if you're getting married.