February 24, 2011

Why I Don't Get Manicures or Pedicures

When I lived at home, I used to get manicures and pedicures all the time. It was a bonding thing with my mom and sister, plus my mom paid. Once I went off to college and was on a fixed budget, I couldn't afford to shell out the money once a week. I was always a tomboy and never much into keep up appearances, but going to the salon is definitely a social thing for women. However, now that I no longer afford to the upkeep of my nails diminished. I had no clue what I was doing.

When I wouldn't go consistently I would get ingrown toe nails (not to be gross) and never could figure out why. My nails became very weak. I never could grow long nails. I always wanted long (well medium length in reality) nails like my mom who could pop open a soda can. I used to bite my nails a lot or they'd chip on their own. There was this girl in my class in High School that I remember had to get surgery because her ingrown nails were so severe. I had a deep fear that that would happen to me. When ever I would come home I would run to the salon and complain about my issues or they scold me for having ingrown nails. They just kept telling me I had to keep coming back to maintain them.

I couldn't do that. Being on a budget, my only option was to learn how to do my own nails. It was such a trial an error process. Going to fashion school, I acquired some girlie friends who also were helpful. I am a very impatient person so I used to smudge my nails all the time (still do once in awhile). I quickly learned you need some trusty tools: sturdy nail file, buffer (preferably with different sides), base coat and top coat. After finally getting it right and a routine, I discovered my nails were never healthier! I realized that salons (at least the cheaper ones) file the crap out of your nails and cut them so you have to come back in a week or two. Now I don't want to completely put down ALL nail salons because I'm sure more quality places don't do these tricks. For those of who can't afford $50+ manicures, I'm talk to you. When you spend $30 or less on a mani/pedi then perhaps it is safer for you to do it yourself. Going to bust out the cliche "if I can do it, you can" because it's true. I am very impatient but have found tricks to letting them dry such as listen to music, watch a show or even type (carefully!).

All in all, you save yourself so much money. I spend the most on nail polish remover because I'm constantly changing it up. You can play around with $1 nail polish at the drugstore or I've found that the best quality at a cheap price is China Glaze, which you can find for less than $3 a bottle online. I keep mine painted pretty regularly because I'm always trying new colors or playing around with new designs (bit of a nail art freak). Buffing them once or twice a month and keeping them painted helps keep them strong. Now my sister nags me about how long my nails are (jealous!) and my friends always give compliments!

What is your opinion?

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  1. It's so true. I got a great mani/pedi kit this past summer and it work marvelously! The base coat from Whole Foods works like a charm, too!

  2. i ALWAYS do my nails at home. i decided it was a good way to save money and after a little practice, i find it very easy!

  3. PREACH! I have got to learn how to paint my nails better. I don't get mani/pedi a lot but i do like to keep my nails nice and doing them yourself is the best way.

  4. I've never been a professional mani/pedi girl. I tend to do it myself, usually about once a week. I guess money is a huge factor for why I do my nails at home.

  5. Aw I'm so glad you gals agree :) It really is no big deal and is quick and easy to do.

  6. I totally agree! Doing at home is so much cheaper and fun!

  7. I also never get manis/pedis. I've gotten a mani a few times and a pedi once. I'm weird...I don't like people touching my feet. As for the manis, they're nice but being a librarian and working with books, computers and AV equipment SO much it's too hard to keep it looking like the $40-$50 I just spent. So, I do mine at home. My nails aren't perfect, my cuticles sucks...but I keep them as pretty as I can :)

    And sorry...I ramble. lol!

  8. You are a librarian? I love that you wear such gorgeous makeup to that sort of job ;)


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