A few posts back I mentioned that I had taken my acrylic nails off and opted for the ‘healthier’ option, gel nails. I said that I would report back at a later date as I had only had the gels on for a short period of time, so here I am ready to give my verdict. Eeeek!
So, let’s get straight to the point. Gel nails are crap (in my opinion). Yes they may be better for your nails in the long run, but they are sooo expensive and nowhere near as durable and long-lasting as acrylics. To help you make up your own mind, consider this – I paid a £10 deposit to book the appointment, then £35 to have the gel painted on and then I even had to pay £10 to have them removed. Before I left the salon the beautician warned me NOT to peel the gel of if it starts coming away at the edges (which clearly isn’t a good sign anyway) as it will damage the nail (besides this gels are apparently harmless to the nail).
For the first 4 days I was super happy with the results. However, towards the end of the first week I began to notice the gel lifting slightly around the edges. I remembered what the beautician said about not peeling the gel off so I decided to leave them alone and hope for the best.
The next day I was doing the washing up and some other bits and bobs around the house and I realised that the gel was peeling off itself simply down to wear and tear. Now, I understand that they won’t last long if you don’t look after them but simply doing some washing up and hanging some clothes up shouldn’t cause this to happen.
I decided not to make the same mistake again, so I went back to my old salon and asked them to remove the gels and put acrylics back on. The first thing to note is that I didn’t have to pay 1 penny to have them removed. The second thing to note is that they only cost £25 to be put on, and they even gave me a £5 gift voucher (probably to make sure I’m not disloyal again)!
Not only do my acrylics look slightly better than gels, they last me 2-3 weeks, sometimes even 4 and to top it all off they only charge £13 for infills!!!
Now, I may have just had a bad experience… so if you feel I need correcting then please share your own experiences using the comments section below. Restore my faith in gels, because right now I don’t have any at all 🙁