As a birthday present my children have treated me to a manicure and gel nails! I'm excited and have decided to make this a blog post if anyone is tempted by the idea, but like me, is wondering what it all involves?
My manicurist Pascale explains that she is going to use OPI products and that the gel nails should last for about three weeks.
She inspects the condition of my nails and remarks that they are weak and flaky, this means they are not an ideal base!
The first step is to remove any grease or remains of old varnish from the nails to maximise the adherence. She uses a colourless remover and wipes each nail with a cotton pad.
The nails are then filed with a large grain file, then a fine grain file. The nail ridges are removed to leave a flat surface.
The finger tips are then soaked in warm soapy water to soften the cuticles and make sure the nails are completely clean, they are then tidied up with the cuticle remover.
Now comes the fun bit, selecting the right colour! It's advisable to think about this choice carefully. Whatever shade you choose ,it's going to be semi-permanent for the next few weeks!
I decided to co-ordinate with my ring, choosing a deep bordeaux winter shade of red.
A base coat is applied, which is a clear varnish but needs to be fixed with UV light to harden it.
The UV fixation takes 60 seconds for each hand .
Just like a normal manicure after the base coat comes two coats of coloured polish and a top coat. However, each layer needs fixing under the UV light. It turns out to be quite a lengthy process taking well over an hour.
I'm pleased with the result but only a week later I have already lost three of the nails on my right hand! The colour just peeled off and I had to patch it up with matching normal nail varnish!
I had been warned that my nails were not really strong enough for this process so perhaps this is the reason. I'm not sure I will be bothering to go through the process again though as it seems quite expensive to only last a week!
The nails that haven't peeled look fabulous, so perhaps it's worth investing in a DYI home kit. I think it would be far more cost effective and practical for repairing the odd chip or peeling nail.
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