Gel manicures are all the rage these days. Gelish and Shellac each offer the client long-lasting, chip-free manicures that promise to stay put for weeks at a time! My experience with gel manicures was gravely disappointing.
The truth about gel manicures:
- Gel manicures DO chip. Mine lasted about three days. Assuming that the polish had been applied incorrectly (it's quite a process, and involves setting under UV light!), I went back to have it redone. The second gel manicure I received lasted about three days.
- They cost up to 3 times what a normal spa manicure does. If they actually lasted three times as long, this *might* be worth the limited color selection available and the fact that:
- You can only have your polish removed at a salon that offers gel manicures (until now!) and the process involves soaking your nails in acetone. Often the removal process requires an additional fee as well!
Step 1: Materials
Acetone (only the real stuff will do)
This is the working woman's solution to gel polish removal. I suppose if you have all day to sit around soaking your fingers in a bowl of acetone, that would probably work just as well, and you could bypass the need for cotton balls and tin foil. As it was, I still had work to do!