Manicured

@DianneN (75945)
United States
April 25, 2018 11:04am CST
I get manicures and pedicures regularly. I've been doing it for over 20 years at a few salons. I used to do them myself, but didn't enjoy the process. I always bring my own tools when I go to nail salons. Now the salons I visit have disposable tools, too. I prefer short, square shaped nails, although I did go through a long nail phase years ago. I have extremely strong, healthy fingernails and toenails. I used to get OPI brand nail polish on my fingernails. Now, I use it for pedicures only. I discovered gel nails and loved how much longer the polish lasted. However, I've made a new discovery with powdered dips. They last so long and never chip! I've gotten French dip manicures in Florida, which have lasted one month plus! It's difficult to see the nail growth with them. Back home in Connecticut, I've found that not all salons offer dip manicures. My usual salon does dips, but not French manicure dips. So now I have a blue dip and will look for a different salon. Do you do your nails yourself? ~Photo courtesy of Google~
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@just4him (112734)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
I'm sure your nails are gorgeous. I don't like anything on my nails. I've tried, and it was scraped off in a matter of days. It's the same with lipstick. I end up chewing it off within an hour. I hope you find a salon that will do the dips for you.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
The dips would definitely work for you! I'd rather have lipstick on than my nails done. It adds color and life to my dull face. lol
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@just4him (112734)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
@DianneN I tried nail polish and lipstick as a kid, you know, we all do it. But I found it felt heavy on my nails and I don't like anything heavy like that, so I was constantly scratching at it. It was the same with the lipstick. I had to work real hard at not chewing it off if I needed to wear it for some reason. Even today, without very many teeth, I still manage to chew/rub it off with whatever is left for teeth in my mouth. So, it's best not to wear it.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
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• United States
25 Apr
I've never had a mani or pedi (would you believe it?) I do admire people who have nicely manicured nails but my nails are always a mess and break easily
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
I don't believe it or do I? I'm pretty sure there are good products for your nails.
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@Kandae11 (35969)
25 Apr
Never heard of dip manicures - well I have never gone to a nail salon anyway - I am a do it yourself person.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
There ya go!
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
25 Apr
I do nothing with my nails . I work with my hands a lot, so nail stuff wouldn't last no matter what. Luckily I inherited "nice" nails . . . they are strong and I can keep them long (I have gotten compliments even though I do absolutely nothing - somehow they look "shaped"). How often do you go?
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
I'm sure your artistic fingers look gorgeous, with or without polish. Lucky you!!! I used to go every week for a mani/pedi, especially in the sandal months. For a pedi, I just need a color change every other week. Now, I can go every 3-4 weeks!
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
26 Apr
@DianneN Well the thing is, I may have decent nails, but my fingers are crooked . I am double jointed in all my fingers, so maybe that's why - and I have short fingers. Oh well, can't have it all . I've never been to a mani/pedi salon!
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• United States
26 Apr
Same for me, I do nothing with mine but get a lot of compliments. They grow fairly easily and get rather long.. but eventually they chip or break when they get too long. I'll try to trim them when they start getting long, but I get so busy I just forget.
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• Russian Federation
25 Apr
That's interesting! I go to a salon, I have been having my nails done for more than 10 years. I get manicures and pedicures once a month and prefer nail gel Amy. My girls in the salon have personal tools for me, they store them in my personal box in their salon. I am scared to get illnesses from other people, that is why they offered me this option several years ago. I prefer square nails of 1.5 size
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
My salon stores my utensils, too, I my personal box. I had to buy an extra set for my other salon in Florida. One can't be too careful in the day and age. Does your salon offer dips?
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• Russian Federation
25 Apr
@DianneN Yes, but my nails are very good, so I prefer gel on my own nails. Amy is expensive and of a good quality
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
@MashaVickina I guess all countries have their own brands. Enjoy you manicures!
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@Hannihar (32602)
26 Apr
@DianneN Hi Dianne, I used to do my own nails but have not done them in quite a long time. I never went to a salon.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
Perhaps some day you can treat yourself to a salon manicure. It's well worth it.
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@Hannihar (32602)
30 Apr
@DianneN I doubt it Dianne. Things are expensive here and I have to watch where our money goes too. It is for Sophie and myself.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
30 Apr
@Hannihar I understand. If I visit Israel, I will treat us both to a manicure!
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@SIMPLYD (78590)
• Philippines
26 Apr
That dip powder is intriguing. How do they apply that on your fingernails? Wow, for the French dip manicures that could last more than a month. I do my pedicure. I also tried manicures when I was single but it's not for me. It seems my finger is heavy. I just have them trimmed short since I was a teller then and long nails hinder my counting bills fast.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
I also prefer short nails. I'm so sorry about your father.
@SIMPLYD (78590)
• Philippines
30 Apr
@DianneN Though having a short nails is frustrating too when you have to open or scrape something.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
1 May
@SIMPLYD Not that short! lol
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@nela13 (5936)
• Portugal
25 Apr
I heard about the dips too but it is still very expensive. Sometimes I do gel nails but as I don't like my nails long it only lasts two weeks, then I remove it.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
It is expensive, a bit more than gels, which are also expensive. Removing it must be a pain!
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@nela13 (5936)
• Portugal
25 Apr
@DianneN I have the necessary tools to remove it and I also know how to do it myself.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
@nela13 I'm sure I have the tools, too, but it's so time consuming and messy.
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@rebelann (39549)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Apr
I've had a few manis and 2 pedis in my life, I wasn't impressed with the mani's and my feet are way too ticklish for pedis or at least not very often .... the salon people hate all the laughing when they're trying to work on my feet. I don't regularly do my nails but I'll cut them when they get too long.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
I'm ticklish, too. The operator is darn lucky I haven't kicked her teeth out, yet.
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@rebelann (39549)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Apr
I do a yodeling kinda laugh @DianneN then the tech gets to laughin and pretty soon she forgets that her instrument is sharp ... OOOOWW
WWW.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
@rebelann LOL! Very, very dangerous, Ann!
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• Trinidad And Tobago
29 Apr
Sorry, I have never been to a salon. I do my nails myself. You post is very interesting. I didn't even know those things existed. I admire how you are so brave and daring. I don't know if I trust someone to do my nails for me. LOL
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
Lol! I'm not brave or daring. The nail technicians are well trained and do a great job.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
3 May
@DianneN Maybe I screw up my courage and experiment one day.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
4 May
@Gita17112016 I hope you give it a try!
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
28 Apr
I always have a mani and pedi professionally done. I find them relaxing. I haven't had a dip manicure though.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
You are a girl of my own heart. It's so much more professional looking than doing them ourselves, too. I worked in the garden half the day and they still look good!
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
29 Apr
@DianneN Yes gel is very long lasting.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
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@rakski (11366)
• Philippines
28 Apr
I would like to have colored and manicured fingernails but my nails is not up to that
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
I like a clean, neat unpolished nail, too!
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@rakski (11366)
• Philippines
29 Apr
@DianneN that is my nail.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 (25347)
• United States
27 Apr
I've never had my nails professionally done.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
I hope you get to do it at least once!
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@Tampa_girl7 (25347)
• United States
29 Apr
@DianneN what do you enjoy about it ?
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
30 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 Having pretty nails is one thing! I also love the foot and leg massages, the massage chair, the lotions and potions, and neck massages. Talking to clients and nail girls is fun, too.
@thelme55 (14309)
• Germany
26 Apr
What a coincidence. I have just done my own manicure. Those colors in the photo are gorgeous.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
26 Apr
That is a coincidence! What color did you use?
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@thelme55 (14309)
• Germany
26 Apr
@DianneN dark red.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
26 Apr
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@toniganzon (49157)
• Philippines
26 Apr
I can't do my nails on my own. I actually rarely get manicures and just had pedicures. But when gel came, then I would sometimes have my manicure done. I love Orly or OPi. My favorite nail spa to go to is called Manhattan and their nail techs are named Kate Spade, Chanel, Gucci, etc .My favvorite nail techs are Cahnel and Kate.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
26 Apr
What novel names! Lol! You have beautiful hands with nice long fingers. Mine are little stubs.
@toniganzon (49157)
• Philippines
26 Apr
@DianneN My fingers, I got them from my father.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
26 Apr
@toniganzon So sweet!
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
25 Apr
Oh fun! I've never actually had a manicure at a salon. I do it myself. Used to enjoy it, now, however.... I'm sort of.... meh about the process. I had heard of the gel polishes... but not the dip. That's interesting... I want to be the person who names the nail polish colors lol
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
25 Apr
You'd be terrific at naming the polish colors!!!!!
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
26 Apr
@DianneN Thanks! I would work your name into one :-)
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
26 Apr
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@porwest (3925)
• United States
29 Apr
No pedicures or manicures for me. But I AM a guy so it probably stands to reason. Either way, it is a form of self-pampering, and we all need some of that from time to time.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
My husband feels exactly the same as you.
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@porwest (3925)
• United States
30 Apr
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• United States
28 Apr
My nails look terrible. There was a time when I let them grow long, shaped them, polished them, and took good care of them. Now I can barely find time to trim and smooth off the rough edges. My nails break so fast in my line of work. Even with the protection of gloves they suffer. One day I will take better are of them. This of course will be when I retire.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
One does need time to take care of our nails. You have your hands full - no pun intended.
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• United States
3 May
@DianneN so very true.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
26 Apr
I always do my nails myself. I never would want anyone touch me feet. Just a quirk of mine. My mother had beautifully shaped nails, but my sister and I did not get those nails of hers. I keep mine short because I am always working on something that involves my hands and I ruin manicures in no time flat.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
27 Apr
I understand. Now, I can't even see my feet even if I wanted to do them. My reading glasses are for close up only.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
27 Apr
@DianneN My toes are sporting a lovely coral now. Glad it is warm enough today to wear sandals.
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• India
26 Apr
I love the manicured nails.. I get it done once in a month. If lack time, I do it on my own as well. I never tried gel nails. Would you recommend it?
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
29 Apr
Great to hear! Yes, I'd recommend gel nails, too. They last me a good two to three weeks, unlike a regular manicure.
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• India
29 Apr
@DianneN that's nice. I have heard that removing gel nails is also done in nail salons. We can't remove it by ourselves?