I’ve long thought about getting artificial nails but never got around to it.
Well at long last I have!
So glossy and perfect looking!
Artificial nails are obviously very popular and lots of people get them done. And I can understand why.
Nail polish chips when you just look at your nails so why wouldn’t you want permanently perfect looking nails?
The nails I got above are gel nails, as opposed to acrylic nails. As far as I know gel nails are *perhaps* just a bit less harsh than acrylics.
The difference between a shellac manicure and the gel nails I had done is that Shellac nails are a hybrid – half nail polish, half gel.
I was in the salon for about 2 hours and it was just a process of buffing, applying a layer of product, letting it set, applying a layer of some other product, letting it set etc etc. To all 10 nails.
A word of warning – I can see how easily an untrained person can really damage your nails, and your fingers with this process so make sure the person you see is qualified.
4 weeks of having a French gel manicure
You can see in the above photo that as your nail grows your artificial nails eventually look a bit odd.
There’s a process known as ‘backfilling’ where you get your gel nails redone every month or so but I decided not to.
I’d tried them, had a bit of fun but didn’t wish to keep them so I had them removed instead.
The removal took about 30 minutes and was a process whereby the beautician buffed and buffed and buffed until the nails were no more (she took quite a bit of my skin off too I must say!).
My nails are really quite weak now and I have a dull ache in the nail beds so I can’t say as I’ll be rushing out to have this process done any time soon.
But as much as I couldn’t pick up hair slides off a bench or scratch myself satisfactorily as the artificial nails were quite thick, it was fun to have pretty nails and look like a lady for a short time.