I don’t regularly get my finger nails done, maybe once a year I get a basic manicure. In the past when I’ve had an important event & wanted my nail polish to last I’ve gotten gel polish put on. My nails are really healthy but I typically keep them on the shorter side for work. For my wedding on 9/24/21 I would like to have a French manicure done but I’m unsure if I should use gel polish or if there’s something better that will last several days that I should use. I’ve also been hearing about dip powder. Should I use gel, dip, or something else?
Gel is the most common. You can ask a local reputable salon what their options are and do a test run now before the wedding.
I love dip powder! The only thing I'd warn you about is that you have to have it removed at a salon. That stuff lasts forever. I do my nails regularly so I just get it redone every 4-6 weeks when it grows out.
I get my nails done regularly; it's how I spoil myself, haha! I tried dip powder once and have NEVER looked back since then -- for me, personally, it's the only way to go. Granted, it very well could have just been a problem with the nail tech and not the polish itself, but my biggest issue with gel is that the base (toward the cuticle) would start peeling/pulling up in between my two week appointments. Since doing dip, I don't have those issues anymore. My nails feel stronger, I can go weeks without actually *needing* to get my nails redone, and I just overall love the dip powder process more. As mentioned previously, you will have to have it removed professionally, however! I tried back at the beginning of the pandemic, when everything shut down, to remove it myself and it was a nightmare, like 0/10 would not recommend. I would personally do dip, but if you're just wanting nails for your big day, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with gel! Just a matter of preference. :]
I, like you, rarely get my nails done. And if I do, it’s a basic manicure & polish. I have super healthy nails, and I like to keep them that way.
I decided for my wedding to get SNS and, though they were beautiful, I regretted it. I had to go into the salon to have them removed & it took over 6 months for my nails to grow out healthy again. It completely ruined my natural nails!
I have been getting the SNS dip powder when I get my nails done, I absolutely love it! My nails are very healthy and strong overall, so I would get frustrated when they would finally get to a nice length and one would break. With dip I no longer have that worry and it lasts up to 4 weeks for me (depending upon how quick your nails grow), plus no damage done to your natural nails, unlike getting a gel or acrylic set.
I agree with the others that dip lasts longer. The one thing to be conscious of, is that it can look a little clunky and not so great if they put too many coats on. I would definitely go at least once and try it to see which you prefer better!
I’m doing gel two days before the wedding. And like you I have nice healthy nails and never paint them. Just toes, and I do those. I think gel will be easier to remove later once it grows out so I’m thinking of going with that.