Gel Manicures: Do It
Everybody, I mean everybody is talking about gel manicures these days. My friend Anna sent me a New York Times article on ‘Soak-Off’ nails, my friend who sat next to me on the airplane back from LA told me all about her gel manicure (she had gold and black swirls and gems on her tips), and a blog I follow wrote a whole post on OPI gel nail polish.
The Deal: CheapChica says: “The gels are made from the same substance as acrylic nails but they’re thinner and feel more like polish than tacky acrylics. It goes on with a brush just like normal polish but they “set” the color under a UV light so that it bonds to your nails.” The NYTimes says, “Soak-off gels look like polish but last much longer, in part because they are cured onto the nail with an ultraviolet lamp. The gel must be applied and removed by a professional, and the procedures cost more than the standard ones. A manicurist paints on a base coat, two color coats and top coat, just as she would with regular nail lacquer. But after each coat, the soak-off gel is cured briefly under an ultraviolet light box, so the client leaves with impeccably dry nails. Goodbye to flip-flops in the snow postpedicure.” Calgel says: “Calgel is a superior gel nail system that promotes nail health, making it the healthier alternative in nailcare. It also soaks off in just 15 minutes! Calgel won’t lift, peel, chip, go rubbery or damage your own nails with harsh acrylics or drills. Calgel doesn’t interfere with nailbed metabolism which is why it can actually strengthen your own nails giving you the nails you always dreamed about. Calgel can be used on tips or as a natural nail overlay, and is available in over 80 colors, so the days of smudging, chipping and peeling nail polish are over!”
The Annoying: To remove the polish, you must soak your fingertips in acetone for at least 15 minutes.
The Bright Side: Chip-free nails for a minimum of two weeks and cool designs.
Where to get it done: The OPI Axxium is already in 5,000 salons in the U.S. For those in NYC, I hear no one does it better than Valley.
As a reward for finishing/conquering the LSAT, I might have to treat myself to a black and gold swirls Valley manicure.