I have written about my nail spot, Gloss Nail Spa in Silver Lake before. I love it there because they’re clean, play great music, and you can take a free book! Earlier this week I was in to test Perfect Formula Perfect Color Polish in Deco, and I noticed an add for Nail Harmony‘s Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish, which is a soak-off gel nail lacquer, like OPI’s Axxium. Of course, I was intrigued! And when my annoyingly peely nails chipped in just a few days, I went back to Gloss to ask them about Harmony’s Gelish. The woman I spoke to said Harmony’s gels were amazing and kicking Axxium’s butt! (Paraphrasing.) Gloss carries Axxium too, but are really promoting Harmony’s Gelish. She said it is thinner and stronger, longer lasting, chips less, and is easier to remove, with less damage to your nails. I was sold.
The whole process takes longer than a traditional manicure, but when you are done you are done. Your nails are 100% dry with no chance of smudging! It’s a true miracle for someone like me, who consistently screws up her nails before exiting the parking lot. The girl who did my nails was extremely careful when applying the lacquer and explained that if any of it gets on the cuticle, it will cause the mani to chip or peel. She did a perfect job, and my nails look amazing. My only complaint is that Nail Harmony doesn’t have a ton of colors to choose from–maybe 10-12? Which isn’t terrible, but I’m use to picking through every color when I get my nails done! The shade I chose is an exact dup of OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark; it looks great. I will be curious to see how it wears over the coming weeks. Will it really last for two+ weeks? Will it damage my nails? I will report back! The price for this manicure is $30.00 at Gloss.
Edited to add: I have been going back to get new sets of Harmony Gelish nails about every two to two and a half weeks since I wrote this post and I LOVE them. Some people have asked me who I go to at Gloss, and I highly recommend Quinn! I don’t think she is how she spells her name, I will try to get the correct spelling next time I go, but that is how it is pronounced. She is the best–her Gelish manicures come out perfectly and last forever. She is super careful and ocd, which I love. 🙂
UPDATE 5/6/11: I started to notice that my nails were very weak–like scary weak–when the nail tech took off my gel polish. So, I let them grow out on my own, took the gel polish off with a cotton soaked in acetone, and did my own nails for a few weeks using a nail strengthener with protein as a base coat and topcoat. That helped a lot. My nails went back to normal after about three weeks. And now I’m back to regular manicures…
Let me know if you have any questions for me in the comments. And please tell me your own gel lacquer nail experiences too!
Gloss Nail Spa
2911 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tue – Sat: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.