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(Christine, I think your answer is for the wrong question *g*)

I absolutely think professional mani/pedis are worth it. I get my nails done every two weeks and it’s my treat to myself. My natural nails are weak, they peel and break and chip and when they don’t do those things I bite them anyway, so I have gel enhancements and I use shellac polish so they look as good on day fourteen as they do on day one (except for the grow-out). I’d never be able to do this as well at home. I get pedis less often, usually just in summer unless I have a thing to go to, and I do it mostly because I have awful heel calluses I can’t get rid of but which my nail tech can. It’s an indulgence, but I love how my feet look (and I’m not a fan of feet in general).

Side note – if you do Shellac or other gel polish on a pedicure it will last for literally months. Totally worth it if you don’t want to get a pedi that often, or if you don’t want to change your toenail polish all that often.

I work with my hands so manicures aren’t really for me, but I swear by pedicures. Even though I’m very thorough in my footcare even in winter, a professional just does a more thorough job.

I don’t feel like it’s worth the expense. Between doing a lot with my hands, not showing off my feet all that much, and living on a student budget, I’d rather just do it myself. Plus that way I can do exactly what I want, and I get the relaxation that comes with the ritual (anyone else find it almost zen-like?).

As I get better at painting my nails I don’t worry too much about getting manicures anymore. My toes however, yes! I’m hopeless at doing my toes – not flexible enough!

Wasn’t that a different day’s question response, Christine?

Yes they can be worth it. My mother has the worst feet of anyone I know, pedicures for her help to soothe her dry, cracked feet. Manicures are good for her hands in the same way!

Absolutely! My feet feel wonderful after a professional pedicure – even though I use a foot file and foot creams, etc., I can never get my feet as smooth as a professional can (and, let’s face it, it’s really hard to work away on the bottom of your own feet…I’m just not THAT flexible). While I’m not wild about manicures (my nails are really sensitive and I find it a bit uncomfortable), the polish application that a pro does last ages longer than anything I can ever achieve, even though I use the same products.

I don’t think they’re necessary, but I do think they’re worth it. While I can do my nails myself, the experience of having them done is relaxing. Plus they tend to put more effort into the skin, and the color comes out looking nicer (w/o polish on my cuticles, like it would be if I did them)

No, I think it’s way too expensive for what it is. $100 for some soaking, moisturizing, filing and a layer of polish. No thanks.

$100? Where are you going? By me a basic manicure costs anywhere from $10 to $30 depending on how high-end you go.

Living in Norway. I actually went to a website to check prices before I posted my comment. I knew it was expensive, but didn’t know exact prices. I went so several different sites now to compare prices, so these are average prices.

Applying polish (solid color) alone is $40! About $50 if you want a french manicure. Gels/acrylics are $150-$200. Gel polish (like shellac) is $70-$80. Repairing broken nails are $30 for ONE nail!

I understand a bottle of nail polish has an average of $20 in Norway, so I can imagine the services would be very expensive.

Lol clearly there are price differences across different countries. I live in Canada and there is NO WAY that acrylics or gel would cost $200, nobody would ever pay that much! Here, gel/acrylic nails are about $50.. And a basic manicure is $20ish.. I usually get a shellac mani/pedi and as a package deal I pay $45 πŸ™‚

It was a my routine procedure for about 10 years… till the moment I realized that I just can do it better than the manicurist πŸ™‚

I feel the same way- my toes are kind of a pain, and since I work on my feet it’s worth 20-30 bucks to have it done. Manicures, not really at all for me. I do them myself πŸ™‚

Definitely for pedicures! I just can’t paint my toenails myself I’m horrible at it. As for manicures, I’m a reformed nail biter. I need my nails perfectly painted at all times or else I’ll bite them. Since nail polish chips very quickly on me, I’m changing it at least every other day. Therefore, to me, manicures aren’t worth it because I’ll have to take the polish off after a day. Occasionally I will get one to maintain my cuticles though, which I also bite. I have a problem…haha

Pedicures are totally worth it. I can NOT get my own toes to look good on my own, but manicures are another story.

I used to have a girl that I went to for manicures religiously, and I trusted her 100%, but she has moved on to only doing skincare and facials now and I have yet to find someone who doesn’t file my nails too short, or a weird shape, so I have gotten really good at doing it myself…

Self pedicures are hopeless though, I just can’t get in there at an angle good enough to make them come out normal lol.

I love pedicures. They are a way I treat myself for working so hard during the week! I definitely think they are “worth it,” but I guess it depends on your budget and level of enjoyment. I even like to bring my own nail polish (because I have so many, and some colors I cannot wear on my nails anymore due to my job). I’m not saying I go every week or anything, but I probably would if I could. Great question Christine! Thanks for working so hard for your fellow make-up addicts. We appreciate you!

Pedi= yes for sure. Mani= depends. If you are just getting nail polish , then no. On me, my hands chip within a day. Also, my nails break very easily. Sorry not paying 15 bucks for you to paint my nails for me. However, I think if you are getting a full set , say gel or something, then yes. The fake nails do not break as easily and the polish lasts longer.

Yes. For the last few months, I’ve sworn of mani-pedis to save money (since it’s winter anyway). I miss them. I can do my own nails fine, at least as well as a cheapo-quickie place. But a spa service by a very skilled technician is something else entirely. I miss the surreally perfect look of a fresh mani-pedi.

For me they’re not worth the expense. But since I have no interest in fake nails or services like shellac it seems weird to pay someone to just paint my nails. Plus I like to change my nail color 2-3 times a week so it the costs would really add up.

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