WOW those prices seem very reasonable to me compared to prices here in Ohio. I am a hair designer which also includes a license to do nails.
The going rate for a new set of nails averages $60.00 and a balance (fill-in) averages $30.00. I did nails in addition to hair years ago but can't stand sitting long and the smell got so bad for me that I ended up working at a salon that doesn't do nails!!! I have Fibromyalgia and a strong chemical sensitivity.
As far as pricing goes for the different types.....certain applications require different products and some require more steps, hence more money spent on products. If it's new it's going to cost more at the introduction but as more companies come out with similar products the prices come down.
If you go to a nail ONLY salon the prices will be a little cheaper, they can buy more product in bulk and spread the savings to the customers. If you go to a full salon you will probably pay more as they don't go thru product as quickly. Also if you want expertise which includes speed of application you will pay more. Some of the girls I have worked with in the past could put a new set on and they looked gorgeous in 20 minutes, including polish, but they charged for that speed! Others would take upwards of an hour and a half.....who wants to sit that long for nails? Those girls charged less.
99.9% of natural nails become damaged in the process of artifical application. The damage comes from the prepping of the nails, the fact that the nails are covered and not receiving any air and the chemicals used in the process. Natural nails contain multiple layers, many are destroyed in the artifical nail application. They will be sore and thin until they grow out. Even with a professional acetone remover they will be thinner and sore, it's far better than picking at them to remove them as that will remove even more layers.
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