Try a Gel Manicure for Long Lasting Results

by Laura Kronen on February 9, 2011

Gelish Gel Manicure

Gelish Gel Manicure

I absolutely have to get a manicure once a week.  The look of chipped nails or bad cuticles makes me cringe.  If that makes me high maintenance, then so be it.  The biggest issue i have with weekly manicures is finding the time to get them done.  So, when I heard about the long lasting power of a gel manicure, I had to try it.

So far I think it’s the greatest thing since, well, since I guess yesterday’s post, but hey, I review only products and services that I truly love.

Just like in a regular manicure, cuticles are pushed back and nails are filed. Nails are also buffed, so the gel adheres more strongly. Next a coat of gel “polish” is applied to each nail, with 30 seconds of drying time under a UV Light in between. A second coat is applied and then allowed to dry again for 30 seconds.  Then for some strange reason which i could not quite interpret what my manicurist was saying, your nails are rubbed in alcohol.  I almost gasped when she took a towel and solution to the top of my nails after they were done being painted and put under the UV light.

One of the neatest things about this manicure is that when they are done with your nails, they are truly dry.  Feel free to dig around in your handbag for your credit card or keys when you are done.

I will admit, after the removal of the gel polish, my nails weren’t in the best of shape.  But, if I only do it once every six weeks or so with regular manicures in between, I think there will be no permanent harm done.

The Gel Manicure (the brand was Gelish – and is the most highly recommended) lasted perfectly for almost 3 weeks. Chip-less and shiny, they hung in there for twenty days.  The cost was $25. Roughly the same amount as two manicures, so the way I look at it, if I only have to go once every three weeks, I just added another two hours of free time to my life.  That’s time enough to write this blog for the week!


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