Everything You Need To Know Before Getting Your Nails Done
When it comes to getting your nails done, there is a lot to consider. Not only do you have to choose the right color and style, but you also need to factor in the most important question, "How much does it cost to get my nails done?"
The price will vary depending on the nail technician and artist as well as the complexity of the nail design. If you're looking to get your nails done in 2023, here's what you can expect from a nail shop:
A standard manicure
Standard nail art with nail polish typically costs between $15 and $35 per design. This includes simple designs on painted nails like stripes or polka dots, as well as more complex designs that use multiple colors and even colored powder.
It's important to note that every nail shop will have its own definition of "standard." A regular manicure at one nail salon might include a French manicure with French tips while another nail salon's basic manicure will simply cover a natural nail look.
Be sure to talk to the nail artist and nail technician beforehand to understand how they price their basic manicure.
Deluxe nail art includes detailed designs or 3D elements such as gems, rhinestones, fake jewels, nail charms, and more. Generally, a deluxe manicure will cost anywhere between $30 and $45 per design.
If you decide on gel nail polish or artificial nails, you'll also need to factor this into the cost. Designs on natural nails will be cheaper for sure, but it all depends on the nail salon you go to and what type of design you're looking for.
Acrylic nail prices can cost anywhere from $30 to $60 per design, depending on the complexity of the design and the number of colors used.
Typically, long acrylic nails cost more than short acrylic nails simply because there's more room on the acrylic nails to cover. That's why acrylic manicures vary so greatly in price.
Additionally, many prefer acrylic nails because they are more durable than gel polish. Acrylic nails also typically require less maintenance than gel nails or even regular polish.
But gel nails are significantly easier and more cost-effective to remove. The cost of acrylic nail removal can be up to $100 at any nail salon.
Some people remove broken acrylics at home with a kit that can cost anywhere between $10 and $30. But removing acrylic nails at home can be risky, causing damage to your nail tips if done improperly.
Ultimately, just know that the cost will vary across nail technicians and large or small nail shops. There's plenty to love about acrylic french tips. Just make sure you can save your nail tips after the fact.
Gel nail art is the most expensive option, typically costing between $35 and $50 per design. If you want to have celeb-level nails it can cost you up to $100 depending on the design.
However, gel nails also last longer than other types of manicures. In fact, you can expect gel polish to last anywhere from 2-3 weeks.
So you may ultimately save money by choosing gel nails as an option. Plus, it's far easier to remove gel polish yourself and doesn't cause nearly as much damage to your natural nails as acrylic nails do.
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A standard manicure generally includes:
- Filing and buffing nails to help your natural nails grow and remove any rough edges
- Shaping your nail shape to match the nail look you're going for, i.e. short nails, long nails, coffin nails, etc.
Complete cuticle care for your nail beds, pushing back and trimming dead skin from cuticles using nail oil to further promote nail growth
- Applying polish to the nail bed with either a clear or colored lacquer
- Applying additional polish to give your painted nails the final look
Many nail salons also offer additional services such as hand and arm massages. This can make your French manicures all the more relaxing and enjoyable.
For gel manicures, the nail salon will use a UV light to cure the polish and create a long-lasting finish.
Standard pedicures should include the following services:
When choosing a nail salon, make sure you ask how much their pedicures cost too. A basic pedicure will typically include the following:
- Trimming and filing the nails
- Complete cuticle care applied to your toes
- Foot exfoliation with a pumice stone to remove dry skin and a foot massage with light oil
- Finally, polish to achieve the final look
Most pedicures include a soak in a whirlpool foot bath to soften the skin and nails. While there are variations among different nails, this is generally what is included in a standard pedicure.
Additional services may also be offered for an added fee, including paraffin wax treatments or extra-long foot massages.
Deluxe Professional Manicure
This option should include a wide range of services to leave your hands and nails looking and feeling their best.
- First, your nails will be filed and shaped to your liking
- Cuticles will be trimmed and excess skin will be removed to allow for a neat and polished appearance
- Next, your nails will be buffed to create a smooth surface to prevent chipping and give your nails a glossy finish
- Finally, you will enjoy a relaxing hand massage before your nails are painted with your choice of color.
With all of the steps listed above, a deluxe professional manicure is a perfect way to achieve beautiful and healthy-looking hands and nails.
Deluxe Professional Pedicure
For a deluxe professional pedicure, you should expect nothing but the best. This means that the nail tech will have plenty of experience.
And they'll only use high-quality products to treat your nails. Here are some of the services that should be included in a deluxe professional pedicure:
- Soaking your feet in a relaxing foot bath
- Exfoliating your skin to remove dead cells
- Trimming and shaping your nails
- Applying cuticle oil to nourish your nails
- Applying a luxurious foot cream to moisturize your skin
- Massaging your feet and lower legs to relieve tension
- Polishing your nails with a high-shine finish.
Most salons offer a wide range of add-ons for manicure and pedicure services. Common add-ons include paraffin wax treatments, hot stone massage, exfoliating scrubs, and aromatherapy, just to name a few.
While these add-ons can help to enhance the overall experience, it is important to choose those that are right for you. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid exfoliating scrubs or hot stone massage.
Instead, opt for a paraffin wax treatment or aromatherapy, which can help to soothe and relax the skin. When choosing add-ons for your manicure or pedicure, be sure to mention any allergies or sensitivities you may have and ask about which services will best suit your needs and preferences.
With a little bit of research, you can ensure that you have a relaxing and enjoyable experience at the salon.
How much do manicures cost?! That's too much for me
If the above sentiment rings true to you, you're not alone. Getting gel nails or acrylic nails can be fun.
But they also require a lot of maintenance. Luckily, if you're looking to save money on nail art, then Maniology has the perfect solution for you.
Why choose nail stamping over a nail salon?
Our nail stamping plates and kits offer you a long-lasting manicure and nail polish that is both affordable and beautiful. Maniology polishes are designed to last to help you achieve a salon-quality manicure without having to leave home.
Our various colors and finishes are guaranteed to help you find the perfect shade for any occasion. And when you do your nails yourself, you can't help but feel proud of your newfound artistic prowess.
We consistently collaborate with various artists and designers to bring you the cutest, most on-trend nail designs possible. As you collect stamping plates, you can mix and match patterns and come up with a design all on your own!
It's the perfect way to tap into your creativity while also saving money that you'd otherwise be spending at the salon. Don't get us wrong - we love going to the nail salon just as much as the next person.
But when you can give yourself a beautiful-looking manicure at home, why bother?
Keep in mind that the prices listed above can vary greatly depending on what nail services you choose, the location, and the type of salon you go to.
So, what do you think? Are you tempted to get your nails done now that you know how much it costs at the salon in 2023?
Or, are you inspired to give yourself a manicure at home with our nail stamping plates and kits?
We hope this information was helpful and gives you a better idea of what to expect when getting your nails done.
Let us know in the comments how much your typical manicure is. Or, share your own nail art with us below!
We love to see the creative ways you show your personality through your nails. No matter whether you go to the salon or stamp at home, we can't wait to see what designs you wear next.
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