To invest in normal nail polish or not

#1
Im not sure about investing in normal nail polish as well as gel. I dont even know where to start looking at normal nail polish which are your favourite brands?
 

ciderella71

Well-Known Member
#2
I have used normal polish 2 or 3 times in the last 3 years. I’ve removed it from my treatment list now.
It depends upon which services you want to offer, I specialise in L&P and rarely do gel polish now.
 

Beautiful-you

Well-Known Member
#3
The only time I use normal polish is very occasionally on toes, but even that is getting less and less common.

Also very occasionally I do pamper parties and use it then.
 

NZNailz

Active Member
#4
Is it just yourself in your salon? Unless you are specializing in classic manicures and you have a returning clientele requesting it - I wouldn't bother. It's hard to have every colour option in essentially a whole new range to keep everyone happy if you won't get many people wanting it. Remember that nail polishes have a shelf life just like anything else - is it worth your investment? If you have one or two clients who REALLY want it - just buy each of them the colour they really want :)
 

holisticzoe

Active Member
#5
I have about 10 OPI normal polishes, some of my older clientele don't want gel with a pedi so offer them an OPI. I would get a few classic colours in.
 

#6
I am just starting up and have got around 12 most popular Vinylux colours and I shall leave it at that. I will spend more on gels and acrylics x
 

Sabbz

New Member
#7
I am just completing a nail technician course. We started with manicure/pedicure using normal polishes (lacquer). I have just ordered 14 colours and top coat of CND Vinylux. We do not do the gel application course for another 2.5 weeks and will then buy CND Shellac for gel.
 

#8
If you are going to invest in ‘normal’ nail polish, I suggest getting your hands on some Dazzle Dry if you are in the US. It applies and removes like polish but lasts for 7-14 days, usually more in my clients cases and dries in 5 minutes, no uv light needed. It doesn’t seem to dry out nails like traditional polish. It has a little bit of a learning curve like gel polish but it’s the bomb dignity. I’m obsessed with it, lol. It really is a revolutionary nail product.
 

#9
Unfortunately i dont live in the US. Ive decided to stick with gel polish for toes not worth the investment especially with the products ive tested. id love a brand that was fast drying and looked good on the nail and also didnt cause nail problems.
 

#10
I use cnd shellac and I actually have more colours in the Vinylux as they’re much cheaper to buy than the gels so my clients can view the new colours and if they want one of the colours for shellac I can then order it, just saves having loads of shellac bottles that I don’t use! I personally love Vinylux as it dries really quick and it matched the gels. I find I do more Vinylux toes than gel toes as it lasts at least 4 weeks and after that the nails will need a pedi anyway. Not everyone wants gels on their toes (like me) so it’s good to have at least a few in. I only have gel toes for holiday when I know they’re going to get battered, rest of the time I use Vinylux because it’s easier to remove myself and lasts and I find it doesn’t dry my toes out where shellac on toes (soaking off process) can dry out some clients toes. I also find clients who go to the gym or do marathons tend to damage their nails more if shellac is on, I put it on thin but it’s enough to prevent the nail being flexible
 

coley92

New Member
#11
Im not sure about investing in normal nail polish as well as gel. I dont even know where to start looking at normal nail polish which are your favourite brands?
I would invest I use normal nail polish on a regular basis it's great for people who work in hospitals/ kitchens but want a manicure for the weekend that they can remove themselves, great for toes, great for under 16s. I would go for a brand that has matching gels x
 

#12
I would invest I use normal nail polish on a regular basis it's great for people who work in hospitals/ kitchens but want a manicure for the weekend that they can remove themselves, great for toes, great for under 16s. I would go for a brand that has matching gels x
Yes im looking at artistic
 

Kittylady

New Member
#13
I use cnd shellac and I actually have more colours in the Vinylux as they’re much cheaper to buy than the gels so my clients can view the new colours and if they want one of the colours for shellac I can then order it, just saves having loads of shellac bottles that I don’t use! I personally love Vinylux as it dries really quick and it matched the gels. I find I do more Vinylux toes than gel toes as it lasts at least 4 weeks and after that the nails will need a pedi anyway. Not everyone wants gels on their toes (like me) so it’s good to have at least a few in. I only have gel toes for holiday when I know they’re going to get battered, rest of the time I use Vinylux because it’s easier to remove myself and lasts and I find it doesn’t dry my toes out where shellac on toes (soaking off process) can dry out some clients toes. I also find clients who go to the gym or do marathons tend to damage their nails more if shellac is on, I put it on thin but it’s enough to prevent the nail being flexible
Hi there kittenpokadots, thank you for your post about CND Vinylux. I am wondering -- do you apply it as directed (without a base coat)? I have the Essie Gelcouture long-lasting polish and it is just okay IMO, but if Vinlylux can last about 2 weeks with normal wear and tear I would be very happy with that. Do you suggest perhaps applying any sort of sticky/bonding agent prior to the Vinylux (but something that would not create headache to remove?) Again, I thought the Essie brand was meh.. okay, but I would definitely go for the Vinylux and Shellac line the way you suggested if Vinylux holds up better and per your great idea--so you can individualize the client's preferences and not have excess Shellac inventory. Thank you so much kittenpokadots for your suggestion! If you can please let me know if you recommend a bonding agent for the Vinylux in certain instances where client is rougher on nails and gets chipping with the Vinylux (perhaps a very very very extremely light touch of something like Young Nails Protein bond???) Thank you!
 

#14
Hi I have about 20 normal polish because I have made a spa package where my clients get, a back massage, a express facial and a file and polish and they can upgrade to gel if they like , so I use it quite a bit . Also I buy all OPI products as I love them all xxx
 

BobSweden

Managing Director
#15
and also didnt cause nail problems.
Products from reputable brands don't cause nails problem. Poor education and technique does.
 

NancySyd

Well-Known Member
#16
That depends on how you plan to use it. While we didn't do a lot of regular manicures, we did enough. But we also used regular nail polish (rnp) over gel overlays and L&P. It's a great option for people, as coley said, who have restrictions at work or who want/need to change color often. What I would advise is that you use an rnp brand that is matched to your gel polish. Many brands do this - OPI Gelcolors/Infinte Shine/rnp, Gelish/Morgan Taylor, CND Shellac/Vinylux, Perfect Match, etc. That way you not only offer rnp manicures, but offer another option to clients who use gel polish.
 
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