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Old 05-10-2015, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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DIY. I'm really good at it.

The only time I've gone to a salon has been when it's been part of a bridesmaids' "spa day" or similar. The last two salon manicures I've had have been of lesser quality than I can do on my own.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:31 PM
 
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After getting a nasty case of nail fungus, I now only do my own. Not going to risk that again :/
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:13 AM
 
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Mani Pedi once a month in the salon. I can't cut my cuticle and shape my nails as good as it's done in the salon. I change my polish weekly which I do myself.
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:07 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Pink and white acrylics every three weeks at the salon.

My nails were paper thin until I changed my diet. I got sick of all the chipping and breaking, started doing the acrylic dip at home, then realized I wasn't saving any money because I was doing repairs every night. The salon acrylic is way better than the home stuff.

I do my own pedis. I don't use polish anymore, just buff them.
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Curious, how can you get by with just once a month? Do you just remove the polish yourself when it starts to chip, then keep them unpolished until your next appt?

I haven't seen any salon charge only $20 for a LONG time. Usually at least $40, which is $50 with tip. My last pedi was $75 with tip. More reasons I do it myself.
Where in TX are you? I'm in Houston, and my sister lives in Austin. Pedis run about $30 in both spots routinely. The fake nail full sets for solar is about $30, but a fill every other week is about $15. I'm not sure about manis, but I believe they're only about $20 max. My sister is addicted to pedis. She is a mother of two on a tight budget, so when it comes to pampering herself, she buys a pedi rather than anything else. I don't like going to get my nails doen. I hate them touching my feet. It makes them hurt when they use their instruments on them. And I don't like the fake nails either. They look, well, fake. So I just chew them, but not to the low and painful level. It's a bad habit I've had all my life. When I want to pamper myself, I buy a new leather handbag on sale on ebay
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Curious, how can you get by with just once a month? Do you just remove the polish yourself when it starts to chip, then keep them unpolished until your next appt?

I haven't seen any salon charge only $20 for a LONG time. Usually at least $40, which is $50 with tip. My last pedi was $75 with tip. More reasons I do it myself.
The polish doesn't chip. It stays fine until I go back. Only time the polish gets messed up is if I break a nail off. So no. I don't even remove the polish myself.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I also would never do acrylic.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:21 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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I love my acrylics. It takes a hammer to break them. Cleaning horse stalls, repairing fences, changing tires, limbing trees, wrangling heavy car parts, shipping and packing (I do a LOT of that) you name it, I won't break a nail doing it.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I love my acrylics. It takes a hammer to break them. Cleaning horse stalls, repairing fences, changing tires, limbing trees, wrangling heavy car parts, shipping and packing (I do a LOT of that) you name it, I won't break a nail doing it.
Agreed. The only time they break is when someone does my nails who is no good. It's one woman who knows my grandmother, so I always get her doing my nails. So I started asking for other people when I go in. because she's the last one I want.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:34 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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My saloon folk are all good, thankfully. They just changed owners and the new folks are good. Now they've settled in with the clientele and I get the same guy unless he's not there.

I broke one last week lifting a fifty pound box the wrong way. Luckily it just cracked clean across without lifting up from the nail and I was able to wait until my regular time to get them all done and the one fixed.
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