When I was younger, my nails were super strong, hardly ever broke and were really easy to maintain. Deep nail beds and tough as … well, nails.
Then, I turned 40 and it seemed that my nails got more and more brittle – easily chipped and peeled – all those things I didn’t have to worry about before. And nothing worked to make them stronger, so I clipped them short and looked more granola-girl for a few years until I discovered gel polish.
Now, let me tell you – this stuff is AMAZING. It’s super strong, stays shiny and chip-free for WEEKs on end until it grows out so far you have to take it off and re-do the job. I’ve taken my gel polish rock climbing, I’ve replaced windows, cleared landscaping, everything and it doesn’t break or chip.
Love this stuff.
So, what’s the problem?
I miss my nail tech in Colorado.
She was funny, down-to-earth, and friendly. She and I would chat about little things, my kids, her pets, my pets, our significant others and whoosh, my nails were done. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to find a suitable replacement, but boy have I had every kind of trouble with this you can imagine. Let me take you on my journey.
Asian nail place #1
So, this nail place was nice. I took the girls here when they visited but they didn’t speak English too well. The decor was outdated and when we bought this house, it was a tad far away.
Next stop, Ulta
Now, Ulta is where I buy the makeup I don’t buy at Drugstore.com – they’re very cool. They take stuff back if you hate it, even if you opened it and used it. They have a nice rewards system and they have the big bottles of conditioner on sale once a year so I stock up.
They only use OPI gel polish and while I love OPI colors and have a bucket of my favorites it has to be applied exactly correctly or it will chip. I usually talk them into 3 layers and that seems to do the trick at keeping the chipping at bay.
Other problem? The nail tech I always get is the chattiest 20-something I’ve ever known and I just can’t relate. I do not want to talk all the time, but wow she can chat through the entire hour without batting an eye.
Asian nail place #2
Now, this place is very close and everyone is entirely friendly there, but they all seemed to be named Lily or Anna. I don’t know why but when I ask their name, they all say Lily or Anna. I’ve counted them and there are plenty of Lily’s and Anna’s in there. They do a very good job. Speedy and thorough and the price is good.
The products, I’m not so sure about because they don’t have typical labels and that makes me a tad nervous but so far, so good. Still, it’s annoying that they speak their language the entire time after getting me settled and greeting me, so I feel a little invisible. That’s fine when you have a friend along and you want to chat, but it reminds me of that scene in ‘Because I Said So‘ where the girls and their mom visit a Korean massage place and they are all talking but the massage therapists are having their own discussion at the same time … you know what I mean.
So, products I like and a nail tech that talks me to death or invisibility and products I’m a little unsure of, which would you choose?