It’s Saturday afternoon and you happen to look down at your nails and notice that your nail polish is chipped! Oh no? Now you have to wait for Monday morning, make an appointment at your local nail salon, make your way there, pay the hefty price tag, and get your nails re-done.
Well, what if I told you that you can achieve the same results at home by applying your own gel nail polish at home? There are many reasons why you should learn this useful skill and do your own gel nails. Here are just a few of the best reasons:
Getting your nails done at the salon is not cheap. If each trip to the nail salon costs you $30 (and that’s on the cheap side), and you get your nails done monthly (again I am being generous here), then you are forking out over $360 a year!
Doing your own gel nails at home does require a small investment to get the essentials for doing gel nails, but in the long run, it will save you money. Kit’s that include everything you need to get up and going start at under $50!
Even if you spend a bit more and get the best quality equipment and polishes, you will still be saving money in under 12 months.
2. Save Time
Going to the salon does not just cost money, it also costs time. Think about the amount of time it takes you to get in the car, drive to the salon, wait for the technician to be finished with their previous client, wait for them to apply the polish, then drive home again. You are probably costing yourself at least one and a half hours of time.
The total process for applying gel nail polish at home can take as little as 15-20 minutes so you can be back to doing what you actually want to/should be doing sooner!
3. Get Your Nails Done When It Suits You
Waiting for appointments is no fun at all, especially when your nails need doing right now! Doing your own nail polish at home means you can do it when it suits you, not when it suits your nail technician.
You will no longer have to wait for anyone else, and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Maybe you feel like doing it in your pajamas watching the latest episode of your favorite TV show?
4. Your Friends Will Love You
Once your friends find out you can do your own salon quality nails at home, they will soon be asking you to do theirs too. And Why not? Make it a social occasion – maybe get together every couple of weeks for a few glasses of bubbles, a chat, and a manicure!
You never know, they may even chip in for the cost of the polishes!
5. Gel Nail Polish is Long Lasting and Durable
If you currently do your nail polish at home, but just use a standard air dry polish, then you have probably noticed how quickly it chips and peels off.
Gel nail polish is much more durable than most other kinds of polish. It can last anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks per application, and if applied correctly, it is super durable and can handle quite a beating.
6. Patch Up Your Own Nails
Getting a crack or chip in your manicure does not always mean removing the polish and starting again. Occasionally, a small chip or crack can be fixed at home when you have the right gel polish and equipment.
Once again, this will save you money and time because you can do this in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost that a salon would charge for the same service.
7. It Will Look Like a Professional Job
Many people think that applying gel nails is hard, well I am here to tell you that it really is not that difficult.
If you follow the basic procedure, it is relatively easy to achieve the vibrancy, shine, and durability of a professional job.
A very quick summary of the procedure for applying gel nails is as follows:
1. Prep your nails – remove any existing nail polish and clean your nails. This is probably the most important step. Be sure to remove all remnants of your previous polish and clean your nails properly with isopropyl alcohol.
2. Apply a gel base coat and cure with a UV/LED Nail Lamp – be sure not to get any polish on your skin or cuticles. Doing so will cause your manicure to lift and crack earlier than you would like.
3. Apply color coats and cure. Be sure to cure each coat of color before applying the next. Once again, be very careful to keep the polish on your nails only – not on your skin or cuticles. You can also apply nail stickers as well.
4. Apply a gel top coat and cure.
5. Remove the tacky layer with rubbing alcohol.
This article was contributed by Vanessa, who is currently a stay at home mom with two gorgeous toddlers. She has over 20 years experience in the beauty industry and loves to share her knowledge with keen DIYers. You can find more of Vanessa’s work at diygelnailkits.com