In the last few years, gel nails have no doubt become one of the hot shots in the nail industry and I can totally see why.
With a similar chemical nature with acrylics, gels come pre-mixed in the form of a gel and are then painted thinly onto the surface of the nails before each layer is cured under an ultra-violet lamp. Gel nails also claim to be natural-looking, thin, clear, non-yellowing, non-porous, odorless and resist lifting.
Since I just started at a new job a month ago, I decided to give myself a treat to test out what gel nails are all about. I got tips that were airbrushed French with gel overlay just like the picture above. The full set costed me $50 with tip included and 45 minutes.
After I was done, I couldn’t take my eyes off my nails. They were smooth, shiny yet so natural-looking! Plus since the color was airbrushed, it did not chip the slightest bit. As an added bonus, I have also completely stopped biting on my nails because of the gel.
Two weeks later, my nails started to grow out so I went back to the salon. When I was told the nails needed to be filled every two weeks with each filling costing $25-30, I decided I wasn’t ready to commit so I had them removed.
The removal process took a lot less time and I paid $10 plus tip for it. It involved soaking my nails in acetone and LOTS of filing, which ended up making my nails really weak =(
Nonetheless, getting gel nails is a fun experience and I’d definitely do it again for special occasions.