Mental Health & Manicures

…speaking of mental health during Law School, How do you unwind?

For some, getting in a quick manicure is the perfect study break. You leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Additionally, it is a quiet time where you are unable to use your phone and are forced to reflect on your day and your plans.

In order to keep the manicure experience as relaxing as possible, I’m going to run a quick summary of the different types of manicures available so the next time you are asked which one you want you will answer knowing exactly what the differences are.

You have a Regular Polish manicure, which does not require any LED lights and requires about 15 minutes to air dry. These manicures are the most prone too chipping and peeling, but they are also the most affordable.

A Gel Polish on the other hand is a little more pricey, and does require an LED light to dry. However, this means that you won’t have to wait additional time for your polish to dry and you don’t have to worry about messing up your nails. However, the LED light has been correlated to skin cancer and melanoma, and is extremely harmful to your eyes if you look directly at it. It is technically the same light that they use in tanning beds. The polish however, will not chip and will last around 2 weeks. It may be prone to peeling. This is also the preferred polish if you are using acrylic tips to add length to your nails.

My personal favorite is Dip Powder, but I do not recommend using them if you have a full set of acrylics, because they will have to remove the entire tip each time you change your color. It is also the most expensive option out of the three. In this, instead of having paint applied to your nail with the brush,  you dip your finger into a powder of the color and the powder attaches to your nail that way. I like the fact that no LED light is required. Additionally, it strengthens your real nail immensely and leads to faster growth and protects from breakage. Due to the fact that the paint is comprised of many bits of powder, your manicure will not chip or peel. These manicures may last from 3-4 weeks and often need to be refilled due to nail growth and not the manicure itself messing up.

A nail salon I recommend in the Boston area is MiniLuxe which has many locations located throughout the Boston area, though note that they do not offer Dip Powder services. My personal favorite is Boston Nails & Spa which is located directly across the street from the Boston Public Library (talk about a convenient study break).


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