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i used to get mine done coz i bite my nails. costs vary from £25-35 for a full set, and then refils every 3-4 weeks at about £15 a time. Acrylic ones. Dont do wonders for your own nails if you dont keep up with the re-fills of falseys. HTH a bit.
I have acrylics which i love as I have horrible hands and they realy make my hands look better.
Agree with jessica about them doing nothing for your real nails underneath but if i were to stop getting them done i guess it wouldn't take to long to grow my own up and get them in good condition-ish.
AFAIK gel nails are less 'damaging' to your own nails and silks the same although they are not as strong, hence i stick to acrylics at the mo.
There is nothing 'false' looking about mine and everyone comments on my lovely nails and are surprised when i say they are fake I suppose if you have them terribly long or very 'square' looking then they will look false but some people like them like that anyway
they do look really nice, but as i said, couldnt get on with them once jess was here! Jess is 11 months now, and im pg again, so no chance for me to have them done for a while - kiddies need to be out of nappies to get the real beenfit i think!!!
my own nails are actually in pretty good condition. but obviously the housework and nappies etc have taken their toll, and they are not as good as they used to be.
i think i just want to get them. thanks fo ryour help
dingle - i have got the rio kit, but i only use it to do repairs and infills when i am haivng a brasic week. as repairs were getting costly, £5 per nail and i was going at least once a week, so the rio kit has saved me money in this way.
my friend has used the kit to do her own nails including tips and i couldn't tell much difference from having them done at the salon, but she is the type of person who is always well presented and spends a lot of time on her hair, makeup and nails any way. (oh and she doesn't have any kids)
just put a bit of gel in teh gaps, for filling and set under the lamp. and for repairs you glue the tip back on and apply two layers of gel to the tip and then a coat of gel all over to blend!
once you get used to it, its very easy and saves time waiting in the nail salon for a repair that atkes them five minutes (oh and money as well)
i have had mine a couple of months and i think it has paid for itself.
you can either order it over the internet, or through a leaflet that comes with it.
if you have a sally's near you they sell uv gel as well. it doesn't have to be rio uv gel, it can be any make and most chemists, beauty suppliers have it in or can get it for you.
you can but the tips and glue in these places too.
for what its worth i have had mine almost 6 months and have more than hlaf a pot left and i do use it quite regularly.