Gel Manicure: Worth it?
I don’t get my nails done very often. I enjoy the results, but getting them done takes a long time and costs money, and it just isn’t a priority in my life.
In November, this changed. I went with a friend to try out a gel manicure. They promised me 2 – 3 weeks of no chip polish for $35 + tip. The polish selection wasn’t huge, but it was sufficient. I picked out a dark purple color and they went to work. The process took about the same time as a usual manicure with several coats and little UV drying lights in between. When it was over, the polish was already completely dry. There was no messing up my nails waiting impatiently for it to dry!
My color lasted exactly two weeks before my first chip, which was pretty amazing. By the time I got back in to get it removed a few days later, there were several chips and it was looking pretty horrible. That’s the big drawback – you have to go back in to get it removed. You can also do it at home if you have acetone, but it was a lot easier just to have them remove it.
Since I was in there anyway, I got another color… then 2.5 weeks later, another color… It really does look so nice!
However, at ~$40 a pop, I knew it would have to just be a holiday splurge. I finally went in and just had it removed and old-fashioned nail polish put on. I couldn’t afford the upkeep, and I didn’t like that I had to come in every 2 weeks if I wanted to maintain it. I’m just not willing to spend $80/month on my nails.
Are gel manicures worth it? In my opinion, they are good for a trip or a special occasion. I would do it again if I had a reason to. On a regular basis, they are too expensive to keep up with. Have you tried one? What do you think?