A few months ago I took a journey back to the nailry for the first time in over a year. I went consistently to the nailry before my son was born, but then I was just too big to feel like moving. You know how those final weeks of pregnancy go: fat feet, back pain, exhaustion…Anyway, after the constant harassing from my husband, I decided to go back to my old routine, plus my cuticles were looking a bit raggedy (yes, I get a little ratchet at times).
The last time I went to the nailry I was getting gel polish at the suggestion of my nail tech, instead of regular nail polish with a gel coat on top. I don’t remember being overly thrilled by the look of my nails, but I remember being very satisfied by how long my color would last. As I signed in to be serviced, I checked the boxes for pedicure and gel polish.
I was instructed to pick out my color while I waited, but I really didn’t have a vibe for where I should focus my attention. Did I want to be dark and mysterious or tame and nude? Decisions, decisions. I ended up deciding to go into the realm of my favorite hue purple, dark like midnight. Before I knew it my name was being called to sit in chair number 2.
I have to admit, I was a little too excited about my “little piece of heaven wrapped in vanilla bean cheesecake”…I mean pedicure. The water was blue, temperature was just right, and my back was being perfectly massaged. I enjoyed every minute of my pedicure and when it was over I was sad to walk away from the chair.
I had to wait for sometime after the pedicure to get my polish so I did a little social media lurking and drafting blog posts. “Chair number one please…” someone called out. The owner’s chair?? What the…
After a few pleasantries she asked:
Her: What are you getting today?
Me: Uh, I just wanted to get a gel color to match my nails.
Her: Gel? Okay. We don’t really do gel anymore. Have you tried dip polish?
Me: Dip polish?
Her: Yes, dip polish. Instead of having to use a light like with the gel polish your nails are dipped into powder.
Me: Oh wow, so it takes longer?
Her: It actually takes less time than the gel polish.
Me: Hmmm…(long awkward pause).
Her: I actually have the dip powder on my nails now.
Me: Really?? (It looked so sparkly and neat on her fingers!)
Her: It can last about 3 weeks and doesn’t damage your nails.
(Customer walks over)
Customer: It’s true! I’m a nurse and mine last for that long and my nails are still healthy. I’m addicted!!
As we all have a hearty laugh I decide to give the dip a try.
When she’s done with the whole process of dipping and painting my nails, I can’t help staring at them. They look so good and I don’t have to worry about ruining them trying to get my keys out of my pocket. Bye, bye gel and hello dip powder!