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To Gel or Not To Gel: That is the Question...

Do you ever wonder why your gel chips the next day, or why it doesn't look like your friend, or picture in the magazine? Chances are, you are asking for the wrong product. Not all nail products are created for any nail condition. Your products should reflect your lifestyle. Take this simple quiz to determine the best fit for you.

Question #1:

Which best describes the type of work you do?

A. Beauty, food, healthcare or another type of service

where you are in close contact with other people or

using your hands

B. A desk job where you are constantly typing on the


C. Stay-at-home mom or childcare position

Question #2:

What is your worst nail habit?

A. Constant breaking

B. Nail-biting or picking at cuticles

C. Chipped polish

Question #3:

How often do you like to change your nail color?

A. All the time. I get bored of the same shade after a couple of days.

B. Every couple of weeks. I don’t mind the same color as long as it stays on the nail without chipping.

C. Not too often.

Question #4:

How often can you get to the salon?

A. At least every other week

B. As often as necessary to keep nails in check

C. Maybe once a month at most

Question #5

How much money can you spend on your nails a month?

A. Around $40-$45

B. More than $60

C. Less than $40

So which nail product is best for you?

If you answered mostly A's:

Polish is best for you! Because your line of work may prohibit long nails or even nail polish, it’s best to keep your nails in check without spending a ton of money on enhancements. Traditional polish allows you to play around with color while still being able to remove it with minimal time and effort whenever you want.

If you answered mostly B's:

Try Hard Gel! Hard gel enhancements will stand up to constant typing on a computer and will prevent you from biting or picking at your natural nails, which will, in turn, help them grow. Though enhancement services can be expensive, keep in mind that you won’t have to go to the salon as often as you would for a traditional manicure, maybe 2-3 times a month at most.

If you answered mostly C's:

Gel it is! A gel manicure is the best way to get the most bang for your buck, allowing you to enjoy full-coverage color, durability and shine for weeks. One thing to keep in mind: Before getting a gel mani, make sure you can devote enough time for proper removal.Gel nails need proper soaking when removing, to maintain the nail's health. If you don’t have 15 minutes to devote to the removal process and believe you’ll end up peeling off the gel, opt for a long-wearing top coat instead.

Quiz courtesy of Nails Style.