I know gel nail extensions have been around lately I can’t seem to ignore them. Be it a dermatologist I happened to visit, the beauty advisor at a perfume shop or my colleagues, nail extensions are the new normal. After having ignored anything that involves sitting in a salon for an hour (getting my hair coloured is a task), I decided to sit at a nail salon for 90 minutes to try out something completely new.
There’s A Nail Salon At Every Corner!
You know how there’s a friend who wears spectacles but you’ve never noticed it until today? Well, looking for nail salons was kinda like that. I had no idea that there were SO many nail salons splattered across New Delhi. Kinda like massage parlours in Thailand. After a quick Google search, I made four calls to different nail salons, I figured the prices varied and so did their ambience and skill set. Since this was the first time and I didn’t want to spend a lot on my nail extensions (which could later cost me an infection), I decided to go for an affordable option: Tips n Toes Nail Lounge, Green Park.
The Makings Of A Nail Extension Enthusiast
My manicurist was really sweet and when I told her this is the first time I’m getting nail extensions and I wanted to keep it really classy, she obliged.
Lesson #1: Don’t get pushed into coffin, ballerina or squoval (square+oval) nail shapes if you’re not sure. Also, we all have different hands (I have stubby fingers and naturally square nails).
After cleaning, buffing my natural nails and pushing my cuticle to the sides, she chose a nail tip according to the curve of my nail. Since the tip is usually a bit wider, she filed that. After 15 minutes of intense filing and buffing, we were at a stage where I didn’t look like I had vampire nails.
Lesson #2: A friend of mine told me that f I want to avoid that look where the tips look a bit pushed out towards the top, then ask your manicurist to file that bit too.
Then, she put gel on my nails and cured them with an LED light. I was glad to see that UV lamps have been replaced by not scary, LED light lamps that do NOT harm your skin or make them darker due to exposure. Oh, by the way, it stings a bit if you’re not used to it. Just for a bit though. If you go for a bikini wax, you won’t even notice this pain.
Lesson #2: Please make sure you take off your hands out of the LED lamp once the timer goes off.
The First Time I Got Nail Extensions: Time To Pick A Shade
Now I know, there is a world of brands in the world of gel nail paints but I wanted to stick to something I knew. And it had to be OPI. While they have a world of collections, I’m just sharing some of the most common and universal nail paint swatches with you. Please follow my board: Nail Art and Nail Care, I update it very often!
Since I wanted to keep it super neutral, something I could bear to look at for a week or two, I wanted to opt for a neutral yet classy shade. Guys, I still don’t know the shade I chose… but here it is!
Two weeks went by, the lacquer somewhat faded a bit but didn’t budge. And while opening cans, or menial kitchen work got a little tough, I absolutely loved them!
And I decided it was time for a little change. So this time, I went rounder and with another nude.
Nail Extensions: Maintenance
Well, I guess the best part about spending so much time and money on them is that your nails look fabulous almost all the time. My manicurist did advise me to use cuticle oil every now and then but if you don’t have that (like me), you can just use coconut oil. If I find my hands or my tips looking a bit try, I just use a hand and nail cream. Currently, it’s Nykaa Hand Cream that’s in my handbag so I just dab some on my nails and hands and they do just fine. Once I remove this, I will be taking a break from them and do a little extra TLC just so my nails don’t go brittle, or worse, yellow.
How was your first experience of getting extensions? Do you have any tips?
Or a favourite nail shape? Comment below!
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