So I have a formal event coming up, and want to get my nails done. Haven't done that before. Always just did my own nails at home. But I figured, since this is a very fancy event, why not get a manicure?
What is the difference between acrylic, gel and regular? I hear acrylic hurts your nails, but is it really THAT detrimental?
I have naturally really hard, thick nails. So I don't want to ruin them. But I also don't want my polish to chip. They grow kind of slow though, so they're a little under finger tip length.
Also, is it true people at nail salons try to steal from you, since you can't use your hands since your nails are wet? I've heard stories about credit cards, cash, phones, etc being stolen.
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Anything will damage your nails pretty much but here's the difference between them.
Acrylic or Gel Nails - Both are fake nails that are applied by building product onto your natural nail. Lasts however long you want it to but kills your nails.
Gel Polish - Lasts 2-3 weeks (from my experience) and is more damaging to nails than regular polish but doesn't chip as easily as regular polish.
Regular Polish - Lasts 3-7 days for me. If you don't like having your nails done, I'd select this option for a singular event.
Your nails SHOULD be dry once you leave the salon but expect not to be able to use your hands for about an hour during the process. I'm usually careful for about 30min with regular polish after leaving but it's always dry with gel polish so no need to worry there.
I've never had an experience where something has been stolen nor heard of it. Keep your belongings with you just in case though. Every salon I've been to has been very kind to me and usually you pay in cash as well as tip in cash to be prepared for that. Hope this helps :)1