my two cents about "Gelish" manicure/pedicure

May 29, 2013
I am not really a big fan of manicure/pedicure but I do have a few packages signed up with saloons, which I use for pedicure service once very 1.5-2 months. Manicure is definitely not for a working mummy like me, who needs to work on my keyboard for at least 8 hours a day, look after young baby and cook meals often. When I found out the wonder of "Gelish", or is that "Shellac" you call it? I felt that I really need to have my finger nails fixed every month with the beautiful Gel colors. It dries instantly, seldom chips and lasts for a good 1.5-2 months!

Till recently, I was told by my regular manicurist that the previous session I did with another salon (cheaper one though), was not well done because they used some sort of cheaper gel, so it's not easy to remove. It took her quite a bit of effort to remove for me and I started to wonder, is it really true that good gel will not harm my nails?

So to test it out, I completed my last Gelish session with my regular manicurist at this more expensive, and more reputable salon, got it removed a month later, and started monitoring the impact of Gelish on my nails, for about 2 months till now.

Oh boy, my nails were extremely dry, thin, brittle and they started to crack and split without the "protection layer" of gelish on top. How bad was the situation? Basically I got cracked nails almost every few days! And my nails cracked for more than 10 times in a span of 2 weeks, of course I must attribute that to heavy duties during my house move in that 2 weeks. And the same finger nail can crack 3 times in a week, basically I have no chance to witness it really grow before it cracks. In any case, I hate my nails, totally!

I have to cut my nails really short but still, my pinky nail just cracked from inside, without me noticing it =(.. OUCH...

I know many girls love Gelish to bits, I did initially, and I do apply good bottom/top coat to strengthen my nails every single time! Still, I prefer the natural look of my healthy, strong nails the way they are, and couldn't wait for them to grow out soon!

August 15, 2014
After a year, my healthy nails are finally back!!

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