A girl without beautiful nails is like a night without stars. – Tammy Taylor
I’m sure all girls will agree with me when I say that one of the best feelings is getting a new set of nails done. It leaves you feeling refreshed and back on top of things. Over the years I have gone through many different phases of nail care; starting from applying nail polish on weekends when I was in school, to acrylic nails in Varsity, to my current favourite, Gelish nails. In order to stay up to date with the latest and greatest beauty regimens I am always looking to try new things; which is why I jumped at the chance to try the new nail system Gelish dip.
I won’t go into too much detail with the more well-known nail systems such as Acylic, Gel, Gelish and Shellac nails (amongst others) as I’m sure most of you are quite well-informed when it comes to the overall process and pro’s and con’s of each one (If you’re interested I might do a full comparative review in the future). As I said I was big on Acrylic nails in my first years out of school. I went back and forth between overlays and tips, most commonly opting for a french manicure – nothing wrong with that of course just not really my vibe anymore these days. My biggest issue with doing Acrylic nails on a regular basis was that the moment I gave my nails even a week or two to breathe they broke in half and took forever to grow back to a decent length. They became paper-thin and were unmanageable without their usual Acrylic coating.
Now that I’m a bit older, and oh so much wiser ;), my concern goes a lot further than just the exterior appearance of my nails. I want them to be well maintained and healthy. Which means no harsh and heavy treatments every second week. Instead I use Gelish on my nails. Gelish is probably the most popular nail system on the market and the one that is most well-known. The colours are fab and really on-trend. It applies like a nail polish and is much lighter and more ‘wearable’ in comparison to other treatments. I personally would be happy to just have normal nail polish on my nails if the paint didn’t chip after like three days, so I use Gelish as the next best thing. I love having my nails done and knowing they are sorted for at least the next two to three weeks. The application time is about 30 minutes plus minus but be sure to take into account the time it takes to soak off your last set when you go in for an appointment.
Introducing my newest find, Gelish dip. Gelish dip is a new system on the market which some of you saw me speaking about a while ago. I guess it is best described as a hybrid of Gelish and Acrylic. As the name suggests you literally dip your nail in a pot, which means that the product covers the entire nail plate perfectly for full coverage (no chips or breaks arising due to exposed corners of your nail). It’s a much ‘harder’ and more sturdy product and a relatively quick treatment for an Acrylic type product – the old-school application is known for taking quite some time. There are no lights used in the application of Gelish dip which is better for your hands as there is no exposure to harmful UV rays, and although not necessarily proven, in my opinion better for your nails as well. When having your nails done have you ever had your nails under a lamp and felt a stinging sensation? That’s because your nails are damaged and brittle and most likely needing a break from treatment.
I found my nails really thrived off having Gelish dip done. They were so broken and damaged beforehand and the Gelish dip allowed them to grow back to their usual length, leaving them sturdy and in a healthier state. I kept the set on for just shy of a month as I wanted to see how far I could try out the treatment. I was very impressed with the overall results! I had no chips or cracks and none of the nails were lifting. I only soaked them off as there was a substantial amount of regrowth – which I can only endure for so long. #petpeeve
Although I had great results with my Gelish dip treatment, I am a creature of habit and will most likely stick to Gelish nails for now. The treatment is relatively new so not a lot of beauty salons offer it as of yet, and if they do, they don’t have the widest selection of colours for you to choose from. A lot of the nail technicians have also only just recently learnt the treatment and are still getting the hang of it themselves, so for those reasons and more I will return to Gelish dip once it has been on the market a bit longer and the trend has grown. I would recommend everyone trying the treatment at least once so that you can see for yourselves how your nails respond. If you are a regular with Acrylic nails I would definitely suggest moving to Gelish dip, it is a less harmful, quicker and as effective nail system.
My apologies for the lack of visuals for this post; getting my nails done is my down time and I completely forgot to document the process. Stay tuned to my Instagram moving forward as I will be sure to document more in the weeks to come. I must also apologise in advance if some of this doesn’t make sense. I have been battling the flu for the past two weeks and am desperately trying to maintain normal living amongst being down and out.