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June 26, 2017

My First Gel Manicure

I finally removed my first gel manicure this weekend and found the experience of having one noteworthy enough to share! I have heard the hype about gel manicures for a few years now. From the convenience of minimal drying time to the long-lasting durability, I now understand the reason why. For our wedding earlier this month, I almost went the traditional manicure route but my friends encouraged doing gel instead. Since I was wrapping up craft projects and creating my own bouquet later that same day, I decided to go for it to prevent mishaps with chipping. I’m so glad I did!

My primary concern was that I wouldn’t like the color after application – especially since gel is more difficult to remove. I wanted to have a soft, pale pink polish without it being too sheer. After having a few too many sheer manicures in that color family in the past, I was concerned that would happen with gel too. Thankfully, my friend Jenn and I took our time with choosing our desired colors, and I was confident with my choice! I chose the almost-white looking pale pink in the middle below.

my first gel manicure - kyla mary

I really enjoyed the relaxation of our appointment. After working nonstop on final wedding details, it felt indulgent to relax with Jenn during our appointment. It was fun to find out that the nail technician working on my hands is getting married in July!

Since this was my first gel manicure, I didn’t expect the warmth that came with the drying process. After each coat of polish, the nail technician would have me place my hands into an LED dryer. It got really hot, but it thankfully never became uncomfortable. The entire process took less than 45 minutes, leaving us with perfectly polished and dried nails. My mom met up with us at the end and paid for our manicures, which was such a generous surprise to wrap up our appointment!

My manicure looked great for a little over two weeks! The picture above shows it at the two week mark. I’m impressed with how long it has lasted, with very minimum wear and lifting. I will most definitely be treating myself to gel manicures more often and am thankful to have given them a try!

Have you ever tried a gel manicure? Share your experience in the comments below!

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