Do-it-yourself gel nails? No way!! That’s what I said when a client of mine just told me she just did her own at-home Shellac manicure. A gel manicure, otherwise known as a no-chip manicure, can be as much as a $50 at Indy nail salons. No-chip manicures are waterproof, scratch resistant, and most importantly chip-proof – lasting 14 days. Best part? You don’t have to dry – instead, nails are placed under a UV lamp for just a few moments, where the polish instantly cures.
How can I do this at home? I don’t have a UV lamp! My aforementioned client, got her very own at-home gel nail drying station. It was a Christmas gift from a friend. Talk about the gift that keeps giving! You can find UV lamps, like this one, on Amazon for $25-65. The polishes are a bit more expensive than normal nail polish – around $10-22 a bottle, but if you are looking for a more economical way to do your nails, this is the way to go! The initial investment may be more than you wish to spend, but if you are like me and are pretty decent at painting your nails by yourself, this little investment will definitely pay for itself over and over again!