"Why I Got a Manicure Every Single Week of My Engagement"

That engagement ring really does put the spotlight on your nails

Updated 04/29/19
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There are many women who have a standing weekly manicure appointment. I am not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, my nails are usually polished, save one exception—ironically enough, the night my husband proposed. It’s not that my nails aren’t normally painted, it’s just that sometimes I do them myself.

I’m acutely aware that this isn’t necessarily the best habit. Sure, it saves time and a few bucks, but I’m just slapping on a color. What’s missing is the maintenance component (filing, cutting cuticles, etc.). Basically, I would equate this to perfecting makeup application, but skipping a solid skincare routine. And when you think of it that way, a DIY polish job doesn’t really suffice. So, I added weekly manicures to my ever-growing list of wedding beauty prep that also included acupuncture, cryotherapy, and facials.

Now, to clarify, all these sessions were standard polish, which is not to say anything disparaging about gel or UV lamps, it’s just a relevant detail. Also, I mixed it up between boutique studios such as Sundays, JinSoon, and Valley, along with neighborhood spots like Nail Spa 33 and Think Pink.

As you’d expect, I noticed that regular manicure maintenance left my nails looking a heck of a lot better. But it wasn’t just my talons that reaped the rewards. Hello, groomed cuticles!

There’s also something about a mani that just makes you feel instantly pulled together. Amirite? Even though I had a million things happening with wedding planning—including a last-minute switch-up of the rain scenario—I knew my digits were on point.

With the wedding approaching, I booked an appointment for a gel manicure (because the last thing you want to worry about on your big day is chipped nails), knowing full well that my fingertip prep had paid off tenfold.

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