The New Year is in full effect, and while your resolutions may be consuming all of your energy, it’s also a great time to re-evaluate your spending habits. In particular, your trips to the nail salon. Not all nail services work for everyone, and while your girlfriends may be gel polish devotees, a gel mani just might not be right for you. Take our quiz to find out which nails best suit your lifestyle.
What type of work do you do?
- Beauty, food, healthcare or another type of service where you are in close contact with other people or using your hands
- A desk job where you are constantly typing on the computer
- Stay-at-home mom or childcare position
What is your worst nail habit?
- Constant breaking
- Nail-biting or picking at cuticles
- Chipped polish
How often do you like to change your nail color?
- All the time. I get bored of the same shade after a couple of days.
- Every couple of weeks. I don’t mind the same color as long as it stays on the nail without chipping.
- Not too often.
How often can you get to the salon?
- At least every other week
- As often as necessary to keep nails in check
- Maybe once a month at most
How much money can you spend on your nails a month?
- Around $40-$45
- More than $60
- Less than $40
If you answered mostly As….
A polish manicure is your best bet. Because your line of work may prohibit long nails or even nail polish, it’s best to keep your nails in check without spending a ton of money on enhancements. Traditional polish allows you to play around with color while still being able to remove it with minimal time and effort whenever you want.
If you answered mostly Bs…
Acrylic or hard gel enhancements will stand up to constant typing on a computer and will prevent you from biting or picking at your natural nails, which will, in turn, help them grow. Though enhancement services can be expensive, keep in mind that you won’t have to go to the salon as often as you would for a traditional manicure, maybe 2-3 times a month at most.
If you answered mostly Cs…
A gel manicure is the best way to get the most bang for your buck, allowing you to enjoy full-coverage color, durability and shine for up to three weeks. One thing to keep in mind: Before getting a gel mani, make sure you can devote enough time for proper removal. Whether you DIY or go to the salon, you’ll need to soak nails with acetone to break down the gel polish. If you don’t have 15 minutes to devote to the removal process and believe you’ll end up peeling off the gel, opt for a long-wearing top coat instead.