August 12, 2011
So a while back I had a gel manicure done. Oh... just about a month back.
And guess what? They're still on. And not a chip. And still as glossy as ever. Amazing.
As far as not-chipping is concerned, my gel manicures have held up their end of the bargain alright.
But would I get it done again? No. Never. Read on to find out why.
(Bewarned. Gross photos after the jump.)
This is why.
In the last week or so, my nails have evidently outgrown the manicure. I should have been good and got them removed at the salon. But I've also been so insanely busy these two weeks, finishing work at hours where no self-respecting nail salon would still be open for business.
So what's a girl to do but peel the manicure off herself. (Okay, I shouldn't have, but I did. So sue me.)
Besides revealing extremely damaged nail plates, the manicure also proved to have rather super-glue-like qualities as it nicely ripped off a section of my nail on my right thumb as well, going dangerously close to my nail plate.
Having previous similar nasty experiences (where the chipped nail got caught in something and ripped into my nail plate), I have decided to be safe and just tape the whole thump up until the tear grows to a length where I can clip it off painlessly.
I've buffed my nail plates a little to smoothen the surface, and furiously rubbed Papaw ointment on them at night, hoping they'll look better in the morning. No dice.
While I absolutely love how well the manicure held up to all sort of abuses (crab-eating, major dishwashing etc), I really have no desire to put my nail plates through such an experience again. They are badly scratched, dry and frankly, very abused.
My poor nails. Ah well, time heals all things.
In the meantime, for the remaining four fingers on my right hand, which I did not peel the manicure off, I think I'll be a good girl and let the professionals do the job.
Sorry, but I'm guessing gel manicures are not for me.