Manicure & Artificial Nails

Getting Your Nails Done

Going to the Salon?

Many women are able to relieve stress, pamper themselves, feel more beautiful & fashionable, and express their individuality with a simple trip to the nail salon. I have been getting my nails done since I was a teenager, and it is always an enjoyable experience for me. I hope you'll give it a try!

A Trip to the Salon - What to Expect

When you arrive at the salon, the nail technicians will ask you what service you are getting. Be prepared to tell them and pick out a color/style. Once you choose your service, the technician will take you to their station and begin. If you've never gotten your nails done before, some parts of the experience may feel a little uncomfortable. The technician will trim and push back your cuticles, cut, file, and buff your nails, and then begin the process of painting. Services can take any where from 20 minutes to over an hour, depending on what you choose.

Choices, Choices, Choices

As pretty as the results can be, there are several choices you have to make when getting your nails done. Here are some basics so that you can make the best choice for you! Happy manicuring!
Traditional Polish
You can choose any color available, or bring your own bottle. This choice is best for ladies who want to keep nail damage minimal, and want to keep to a lower budget. A traditional manicure and polish is generally priced between $10-25. However, traditional polish is the least hardy; this polish will only last a few days before chipping.
Gel Nails
A gel nail manicure, or shellac nails, is a type of manicure that has grown wildly in popularity in the past few years - and for good reason. Gel nails resist chipping for up to 4 weeks! When you get gel nails, the manicurist will trim and file your natural nails before applying several coats of gel polish while using UV light to cure it in between coats. If you wish, gel polish can be applied over artificial nails as well. You may choose your color from the selection of gel polishes at the salon. This type of manicure is best for those who are rough on their nails (washing dishes, handling papers, typing, etc.) and want a beautiful, lasting color or french tip. One drawback of this manicure is its price - gel nails are typically priced higher than traditional polish - costing between $25-45 depending on your preferences.
Acrylic Nails
Acrylic nails have been popular for over 20 years. This popular manicure allows the client to lengthen natural nails with artificial tips and provide a lasting finish. Then, she will glue artificial nail tips (if you choose - acrylic can be applied to long natural nails) to your trimmed nails. Next, the manicurist creates the acrylic material by mixing powder and liquid to create a plasma-type material that quickly adheres to your nail and hardens. The manicure is completed by adding clear polish, which results in french tips, or polishing with color. T Prices for acrylic nails typically fall between traditional polish and gel nails, with a range of $20-40. Acrylic nails last until they grow out or begin peeling off - about 3 to 4 weeks.
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