Dumb question for the STX ladies
I've been in Arizona for the past week, and I had a manicure done today - something I rarely do because my nails get all beaten up at work. It's dirt cheap here, so it's a good treat for myself. They did gel polish (Gelish is the brand name), and they look awesome and are supposed to last a couple of weeks without chipping. The stuff paints on like regular polish. BUT... apparently it can be tough to take off at home (I read online about buffing and then soaking in acetone for 10-15 minutes), and it's a lot easier to just go back to the salon to have the gel removed. Do any of the salons on STX use this stuff? Not only do I want to remove it in a couple of weeks, I might very well want it re-applied if it truly does keep looking this good for that long!
It's called Shellac, and it's fabulous. I had it done in FL the first week of November, and it lasted for a very long time, even though we were in the process of remodeling a unit, where I was the chief construction worker! I checked with Indulgence, and they don't do it. Crystal told me she was afraid it might damage the nail bed. I don't know of anywhere on island.
I had it done again in Puerto Rico in mid-Dec. Didn't last nearly as long. I have just been chipping at it (it's clear, so not too ugly).
They told me in FL to just soak my nails for 10 minutes in acetone, then take an orange stick and just scrape it off. I keep meaning to do that, but honestly sitting with my hand in remover for 10 minutes and then doing it again on the other hand is just very time consuing. I guess that's the only way, though.
FYI, you can order it online, along with the little machine for drying it. THAT was the best part. Dries instantly!!! No kidding, I could run my hand through my hair immediatelty.
Curious....how much did you pay? In FL it was $45. In PR it was $55 (I think) Ridiculous, right??
I had gel nails done in New York twice this past fall. I paid $45 dollars; there are many manicurists in the city, though, so I bet I could have beaten that price. Kind of high, but it was worth it--lovely colors and it lasted much longer that a standard manicure. The darker color (a vivid deep blue) wore off sooner, however (more particles in the pigment?). Also, my nails did look pretty bad after removal of the second back-to-back application--kind of gluey and scraped looking. It's one reason I haven't yet tried it again. Maybe there is a way to be more gentle on the nails?
Also, btw, does anyone know a place in STT that does it ?
Juanita, thanks, I'll check out the online order. At around $50 a shot, it may be worth it to invest. Plus, I want to do my toes, to avoid polish scrape off in salt water. The nail tech just looked at me as if I were nuts when I suggested I wanted her to paint my toes with gel polish and stick my feet in the little drying machine, lol.
Yeah, Shellac is another brand for a similar product. And yes, it's amazing how fast it dries! I couldn't believe she was rubbing my hands with a towel 5 minutes after she finished applying it! It still looks wet and it knocks the socks off the regular-polish pedicure I had yesterday, which I had thought was very well done.
Wow, I only paid $25. But mani/pedis in Phoenix tend to be cheap. A regular manicure at most places is $10 here, and a pedicure is $20. So $25 is high for here!
Islandlola, I don't see any reason not to put it on your toes! In fact, they're probably even more prone to chipping than fingers in the VI, depending on your job and hobbies.
Well, fortunately, I live with a chemist, so I'm sure he'll come up with a way to get this stuff off without taking my nails with it. But if anyone hears of a salon that offers gel polish, please let me know! If all else fails, maybe I'll be starting a new trend involving nails that are half-polished and in the process of growing out. 😎
I did read in one of those tabloids that the chipped look is in!! really!!
I had a pedicure at the Divi Spa about a month ago and the nail tech said she would be offering something that sounds like what you are describing. Her name is "Checka" (sp. short for Francesca). She did a wonderful job--you might check with her.
Thanks! I'll give them a call.
And the answer is.... Soon come! She says they have the supplies, but they need to do some training. They're hoping to start sometime in March. She didn't know what they'll charge yet.