Ditch the Manicures and Pedicures Amanda Peterson July 6, 2023 • 3 Minute Read Money Saving Tips Having polished nails is always a nice feeling. Especially once the warm summertime hits! But the price doesn't always give you a nice warm feeling. And as of recently, the price of polish and supplies have went up 30%, thus making your trip to the salon a bit pricier! CreditSoup's Thrifty Thursday tip this week talks about ditching the mani - pedi's. Do them yourself, at home! Doing your own manicures and pedicures can save you money and provide a fun activity to do at home. You can purchase nail polish and other supplies online or at a local store. Make sure to properly clean and prep your nails before painting them and follow up with a top coat to make the polish last longer. Don't forget to pamper your hands and feet with lotion and cuticle oil for a complete at-home spa experience. 3 Types Of Manicures There are several different types of manicures. And, thanks to online sources, you can purchase items to get them done from the comfort of your own home! 1. Gel Manicures Gel manicures are a popular type of nail treatment that involves applying a gel polish to the nails, which is then cured under a UV or LED light. They are known for their long-lasting results and high shine finish. Removal: It is important to note that the process of removing gel manicures can be damaging to the nails if not done properly. It is recommended to have them removed by a professional to avoid any damage. Additionally, it is important to take breaks in between gel manicures to allow the nails to breathe and recover. 2. Dip Manicures Dip manicures are a type of nail treatment that involve dipping the nails into a colored powder. This powder is usually made from a combination of acrylic powder and pigment, and it creates a strong, durable finish on the nails. The dip powder is applied in several layers, and each layer is sealed with a special bonding agent. Dip manicures are popular because they are long-lasting and do not require UV light to cure. They are also known for their ability to provide a natural-looking finish. Removal: The removal process for dip manicures can be more difficult than traditional nail polish, as it involves using acetone and wrapping your nails in aluminum foil for a period of time. However, Amazon does sell polish remover clips that will make the removal process easier. 3. Acrylics Acrylic nails are a type of artificial nails that are made by applying a mixture of liquid and powder acrylic to the natural nails. They are known for their durability and strength, making them a popular choice for those who want to enhance the appearance of their nails. Acrylic nails come in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles, and can be customized to fit individual preferences. However, it is important to note that acrylic nails require regular maintenance and upkeep to prevent infections and damage to the natural nails. Removal: Soak the nails in acetone for about 15-20 minutes, then gently scrape off the softened acrylic with a nail file or wooden stick. After the acrylic is removed, apply cuticle oil and moisturizer to nourish and hydrate the nails. Where to Buy If you're curious where to get such things like a UV lamp or even the gel or dip powder, the internet makes it easy. You can find everything you could possibly need on Amazon. If you're looking for an even more thrifty find, Googling the product may render you several more affordable options. However, be sure to read the reviews and really research the products before you invest in those at-home kits. If you have a reward program, or credit card with cash back features, you may as well use it and earn cash back while you shop for DIY things, too! In the end, if you are looking to save a buck or two, and especially as inflated as things are in today's economy, consider doing your nails at home. And for more weekly thrifty tips, follow CreditSoup.com on any one of our social channels! Follow Us Here! #Budgeting#CashBack#Manicure#Pedicure#Rewards#ThriftyThursday Editorial Disclaimer: Information in these articles is brought to you by CreditSoup. Banks, issuers, and credit card companies mentioned in the articles do not endorse or guarantee, and are not responsible for, the contents of the articles. The information is accurate to the best of our knowledge when posted; however, all credit card information is presented without warranty. Please check the issuer’s website for the most current information.