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Old 05-11-2015, 01:40 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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I maintain my own nails. I push back my cuticles after showering when they're soft, buff them lightly once a week, and use cuticle cream and hand cream nightly. Sometimes, I polish my nails with a clear nail strengthener like Nail Envy from OPI, particularly if I'm allowing them to grow for a special occasion. I cannot handle nail salon fumes and can only imagine what the chemical exposure does to the people who staff those places.
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:35 PM
 
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I like Gel Envy by Revlon, along with the clear top coat. I've found its lasts a long time, and really looks like salon nails.
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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I do my own. Usually while watching TV.

Mine grow long, fast and strong. I've been doing them since i was like 10.

I did the salon a few times and didn't see a big difference. I can't justify the costs or time.
I'm the same except I do them while on the computer.

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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.
Same.

I wear a french manicure most of the time and people are amazed at my smile lines. I've been doing them for 15 years first with regular polish and now with gels. I can easily free hand it and not use a brush to clean up the smile/half moon or use the strips. My hands are very steady at this point and its relaxing for me because I can take all the time I want to get them how I want.

I agree with them being lesser quality than my own work. I'm a perfectionist so I've truly perfected the art of doing my own nails.
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:59 PM
 
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Sounds like gel at home is the way to go...its so expensive here though...about 20 a bottle.
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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DIY manicures.

Salon pedicures in summer. DIY during the rest of the year when I don't generally wear open shoes. For some reason my homemade pedicures never look that great. They're decent enough so that my feet look okay, but not good enough for sandals.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I hate the at-home gel manicure products because they are at least double the cost of traditional polish. Not worth it, to me.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Have never had my nails (which are non-synthetic & don't require specialized maintenance) done by somebody else (at least, not a compensated professional).
It's just not A Thing that I would do, since I feel adequately capable of doing it for myself-and for no more than the cost of materials.
Every so often-once the polish wears/chips off-I trim (w/clipper), file (w/emery board), and paint them.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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I hate the at-home gel manicure products because they are at least double the cost of traditional polish. Not worth it, to me.
I haven't tried gel (at home or salon). Did you find the gel polish didn't look or last better than regular polish?
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I don't bother with finger nail polish because my hobbies are too rough on my hands and it won't look good for more than a few hours. For pedicures, I do those at home. I'm too cheap to pay for them regularly. I will probably have to pay for pedicures in a few months when I'll be too big to do them myself due to pregnancy. Once I'm back to normal I'll go back to doing them myself.
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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They don't look significantly different, to me. They're slightly more durable, but still aren't going to last long with average wear and tear. To me, it's not worth the more costly two-bottle system.
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