Choosing the right manicure requires more than just picking out the nail polish color or the nail shape you want. You’ve also gotta consider the occasion, your lifestyle, how much time you’re willing to spend at the salon, and, you know, your budget. With so many different types of nails and ways to customize them to your style, you’ve got a little something’ for everyone, from your grandma to your bestie. For instance, you could go the DIY route if you’re trying to save money and test out your own skills, or you could go full-out with a set of embellished gel nail extensions worthy of their own photo sesh. Or you could settle for something in between.
Choices, right? So if you wanna know what some of the best options to make your next nail appointment go even smoother and faster, I got you. Ahead, salon owners, nail techs, nail artists, manicure experts, and one beauty writer who’s pretty much tried them all (hello!) share all the pros and cons of nine popular manicure types so you can compare them and choose the best one for you.