How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Nails Done (On Average)?

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There isn’t a definite answer to the question “How Much Does It Cost To Get Gel Nails Done?” As this varies from salon to salon, the expertise and creative flair of the nail tech and of course, the type of manicure or pedicure you intend to get.

But I can give you an apparent idea of what it would cost you to get your nails done at the salon. Continue reading below to see how much it will cost you to get your nails done.

A manicure may cost $10-$75 (low-high range) while pedicure may cost between $25-$100 (low-highest) but again, like as I’ve earlier said, prices may vary but at least you’ve gotten an idea as to how much it will cost you on a normal day to get your nails done.

For someone who hasn’t been to the nail salon before, they are basically two services offered by all nail salons around the world. Its either you’re going there to get your fingernails done (Manicure) or to pamper and care for your toenails (pedicure)

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Each of these services has a different price range and may vary from salon to salon but don’t worry, it’s usually small and is something you can afford.

Read on to know how much it will cost you to get your nails done but before I dive into that, let’s quickly look at how long a typical manicure and pedicure takes.

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How Long Does A Manicure And Pedicure Take?

Manicure are of different types so is a pedicure and the time it will take for a pedicure will be different from that of a manicure but here’s what I’ve found.

A standard manicure usually takes between 15-30 minutes while standard pedicure takes a bit more time (30-50 minutes)

For some salons that offer deluxe pampering, it may take 45 minutes and 60 minutes respectively for manicure and pedicure.

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What You Should Expect To Get In A Manicure/Pedicure

Manicure (Procedures)

As you may have already guessed, standard manicure usually begins with basic cleaning of your finger, followed by trimming/filling your nails under a nail dust collector machine and thereafter, your nails will be soaked in Manicure bowl to soften the skin.

Followed by pushing back your cuticles (that’s if they’ve overgrown) with either a cuticle pusher or orange stick.

Your nail tech will then apply the coat of your favourite colour ( upon request) and end it with a top coat for a lasting manicure.

All of these is usually done while you’re comfortably seated on a Manicure chair with your hands resting comfortably on a Manicure table and in a well-lighted room.

Note: Don’t allow your nail tech to apply some coloured polish directly on your nails (especially if it’s your natural nails) which is usually difficult to clean. Let them start by applying a base coat, followed by your favourite colour and it should end with a topcoat.

Pedicure (Procedures)

In a standard pedicure, comfort is everything so you’ll be well seated on a large chair (pedicure chair) and your feet will be put to rest on a small tub where your feet will be cleaned and soaked in warm water to prepare them for what is to come.

After soaking, you may get a light massage (depending on the salon and package you opt-in for) followed by clipping your toenails and then sharpening them to prevent rough edges.

Your nail technician will then use a pumice stone or foot file to file away dry skin or calluses followed by adding nail polish to your nails (that’s if you requested for it)

What Is The Average Cost to Get Your Nails Done

If you’re a regular salon goer then you must have seen that the rate at which people get acrylic, gel and shellac nails are increasing. What does that tell you?

It simply means that it’s the most worn nails in the fashion industry and to think that they can be adorned with various nail arts, designs, stickers, glitters and rhinestone is just amazing.

So the average cost for someone who’s getting just a simple nail art will be far different from someone who’s probably going for something complex.

Why I’ll be giving you an estimate of what your nail tech might charge you for your nails on average, don’t take my estimate as a benchmark because the cost of getting your nails done may vary slightly from salon to salon and the expertise of your nail tech.

Continue reading to learn more on the average cost to get your nails done in the next heading.

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How Much Does It Cost To Get Gel Nails Done?

If you’re an avid follower of acrylics or a fake nail lover then you should probably give gel nails a try. Gel nails are becoming extremely popular each day unlike acrylics (all thanks to their durability)

How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Nails Done

Aside from the fact that they’re durable, gel manicure uses UV light as a curing process to give the nails a finishing touch with an outstanding look. The UV curing also bonds the nails tightly to the nail beds making them last longer.

So if you’re asking how much it will cost to get gel nails done then here’s an answer for you. The average cost of gel nails is between $35 to $120. However, the price may depend on your area, the salon you visit and the set (full) you intend to get.

How Much Is The Removal Fee For A Gel Mani?

Removal fee for a gel manicure can cost anywhere between $10 to $20 depending on your area and the nail salon you visited.

Here’s A QUICK Checklist On How Much It Will Cost To Get A Gel Nails Done

  • Low Range (Small Nail Shop): Basic one-colour gel manicure may cost $30 to $40
  • Mid Range ( Spas or Salon): A gel mani at a spa or salon may cost you $40 to $55
  • High Range (Resort Spas/Hotels): In a hotel or resort, it may cost you more. You may spend $55 to $100

Note: The basic cost of a gel manicure for a single section including the cost, removal, nail arts, treatments and tips may cost you anywhere from $45 to $100

What Is The Process For Applying Gel Nails?

You don’t necessarily have to visit a nail salon to get gel nails. You can do that at home if you’re a fan of DIY. Below is Step by Step guide to applying gel nails at home

Items You’ll Need

  1. Gel top coat (e.g Gelish Top It Off Gel)
  2. Gel base coat ( e.g Gelish Foundation Base Gel)
  3. Gel nail polish (e.g Gelish Fantastic Four Essentials Collection)
  4.  Nail cleanser (e.g Gelish Nail Surface Cleanser)
  5. UV light for curing (e.g Gel UV LED Nail Lamp)
  6. Nail buffers ( Check this one out)
  7. Moisturizer (such as Coconut Oil)

If you’ve got all the items listed above, here’s how to apply them.


  1. First, you need to prepare your nails by removing old polish
  2. You’ll need to push your cuticles back (that’s if they’ve overgrown)
  3. Then shape your nails using 180/240 nail file follows by light buffing.
  4. To remove nail dust, soak cotton wool in a nail cleanser and use it to wipe away dust from the surface of your nails.
  5. After that, apply a thin layer of your gel polish base coat to your nails to seal the edges up. Be careful so that the gel doesn’t touch your cuticle.
  6. After a successful application, it’s now time to cure them. To cure, place all of your fingers in the UV curing lamp for 1 minute until all your nails are successfully cured.
  7. Apply gel polish colour, starting from your cuticle to free edge (this will help seal your edges)
  8. Place your finger on the UV lamp for 3 minutes (for darker colours), 2 minutes (for lighter colours)
  9. Repeat step 7 and 8 for even coverage
  10. Apply a very thin layer of gel polish top coat from your cuticle down to the free edge
  11. Place your fingers again for 2 minutes on the UV lamp to cure better
  12. Wipe off excess polish with cotton wool soaked in nail cleanser
  13. Then end it with a moisturizer. Massage coconut oil on the skin of your fingernails to keep them soft and healthy.

 Note: Don’t forget to shake your polish well before application.

How Much Does It Cost To Get Acrylics/Fake Nails Done?

If you’re looking to extend the length of your nails to any length then acrylic nails will give you that length you desire.

Acrylic nails do not require any sort of lamp for curing and that’s because they comprise of a mixture of a liquid monomer and a mix of powder to form a dough. The tough is then applied on your natural nails with the help of nail brush and thereafter, air-dried.

As for the amount they cost, a full set of acrylic nails usually depends on the salon, where you live and of course, the expertise of the nail tech but on an average, you can expect to get acrylic nails done from $35 to $60.

How Much Is The Removal Fee For Acrylic Mani?

Now that you’ve gotten an idea of how much it will cost you to get acrylic nails how about if I tell you how much it will cost you to get them removed? The removal fee for an acrylic manicure would cost you between $15 to $20.

Here’s A QUICK Checklist On How Much It Will Cost To Get Acrylic Nails Done

  • Low Range (Small Nail Shop): Although prices may vary, usually, a small nail shop can charge you from $25 to $35
  • Mid Range ( Spas or Salon): Spas or salons may charge a bit higher. They may charge you between $35 to $45
  • High Range (Resort Spas/Hotels):  Resort spas or hotel may charge you somewhere between $45 to $70 depending on what you want.

What Is The Process For Applying Acrylic Nails?

How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Nails Done

Truth is, you don’t have to visit the nail salon every now and then to get your acrylic nails done. You can do that yourself at home with constant practice.

If you don’t want to mess things up then it’s fine to spend some few bucks going to the nail salon but if you are a fan of DIY, then you might find this interesting. Continue reading to learn how you can apply acrylic nails at home.

Items Needed

  1. Acrylic nail kits
  2. Nail buffers or files
  3. Acrylic
  4. Nail polish

Steps Required

1. Get Acrylic Nail Kits

If this is your first time doing your nails at home then I’ll suggest that you get an Acrylic Nail Kits. This kit contains all that you need plus instructions on how to go about using each of the tools. For someone that is a bit advance, you can buy individual tools yourself.

2. Get Your Nails Ready

How do you get your nails ready in the first place? Yeah, you guessed right. Getting your nails ready involves taking off old polish from your nails with the help of nail polish remover. This will keep your natural nails clean and ready for the acrylic nails.

3. Trim Your Nails

Now that you’ve taken the old polish off, it’s now time to trim your nails with a quality nail clipper (such as Harperton Nail Clipper Set) to provide a good base for the acrylic to adhere to.

4. Buff Nail Surface

Now that your nails are trimmed, you’ll need to buff the surface of your nails gently to create a rough surface so that the acrylic can adhere perfectly well to your natural nails. Remember to buff gently.

5. Push Cuticles Back

Again, you’ll need to push your cuticles back a little bit with a cuticle pusher. Only push your cuticles back if they’ve overgrown.

6. Prime Your Nails

This is very important as priming your nails helps remove moisture and oil from the surface of your nails. You can prime your nails with cotton wool soaked in acetone.

7. Applying The Acrylic

Now that you’ve primed your nails, it’s now time to lay those acrylics on your natural nails but before you do so, ensure to find the right size for your nails.

Even if they didn’t fit perfectly, you can file them down until they become your right fit. Place glue on the sides of your natural nail then applies the acrylic.

Upon application, press the acrylic to your natural nails for 3-5 seconds to allow it to dry. Do that for the rest of your nails.

8. Get The Acrylic Materials Ready

Empty a small quantity of the liquid acrylic into a dish, pour the powder on a separate dish. Dip the nail brush on the dish containing the liquid acrylic, ensure they are no bubbles thereafter, dip the brush into the other dish containing the powder and brush them over your nails.

Repeat this for your ten fingers and let the acrylic dries off. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to dry. If you’re still confused as to how to successfully apply acrylic nails, the below Video might help.

How Much Does It Cost To Get Shellac Nails Done?

Shellac manicure is a hybrid (half gel, half nail polish) nail product by creative nail design(CND) that can be easily applied (just like your regular nail polish) on your nails (it doesn’t require sculpting or filing) and can be cured easily with the help of UV lamp just like gel nails.

On average, it will cost you between $30 (usually without beautification) to $70 (with beautification such as nail arts) to get shellac manicure.

How Much Is The Removal Fee For Shellac Mani?

Removing shellac manicure can be a bit technical and I wouldn’t advise you do so if you’re a bit new but rather, I’ll suggest that you visit your nail tech to do the removal process for you for a fee of $10 to $15.

Here’s A QUICK Checklist On How Much It Will Cost To Get Shellac Nails Done

  • Low Range (Small Nail Shop): You may likely get your shellac nails done in a small nail shop for a fee of $25 to $30
  • Mid Range ( Spas or Salon): Spas may charge you somewhere between $30 to $45
  • High Range (Resort Spas/Hotels): Resort spas or hotel may charge you even more. You may pay somewhere between $45 to $70

How Much Does It Cost To Get Ombre Nails Done?

Ombre nails are a great choice for anyone who wishes to feature multiple shades of colours in their manicure at a pocket-friendly price.

Usually, spas/salons charge somewhere between $45 to $70 for a full standard set of ombre manicure. However, if you want more sophisticated design, then be ready to pay between $55 to $80.

Here’s A QUICK Checklist On How Much It Will Cost To Get Ombre Nails Done

At low Range (Small Nail Shop) and mid-range (Spas or salon), expects to pay between $45 to $70. On a high range (Resort Spas/Hotels) be ready to pay higher. Usually between $100 and above.

FAQ – How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Nails Done?

Can I Get Acrylics With Short Nails?

Yes, you can get acrylic done on your nails as far there’s a surface (natural nails) to attach the acrylic to.

In fact, to get acrylic, your nails need to be trimmed short and even, buffed with a buffer to make the surface rough so that the acrylic can adhere perfectly to your natural nails and then a drop of glue is added before applying the acrylic.

Can You Get Gel Nails With Short Nails?

Absolutely. Anyone (whether with short or long nails) can get gel nails done and it’s even far better than acrylic because of its durability and the curing process enables it to last longer.

Can I Get A Manicure With Short Nails?

Yes, of course. Manicure isn’t restricted or meant for people with long nails alone. Anyone (in respective of their nail length) can get their nails manicured.

In fact, there are a whole bunch of nail arts and designs today that tends to look good on people with short nails than those with longer nails.

How Often Should I Get Gel Nails Done?

Since the constant removal and applications of gel nail polish can cause your nails to tear and weaken, it’s advisable that you get gel nails done only when your nail tech tells you to.

If you want to know how long does gel polish last, then here’s an answer for you. Gel polish should be able to last you 2 weeks (14 days)

If you want to get a gel polish removed and reapplied, then you should consider these factors.

  1. If you have damaged nails, wait for few weeks before reapplying the gel polish
  2. If you’ve worn your gel nails for more than 2 weeks, you may find a hard time removing them. If you try to file them too much, you may end up damaging your nails in the process. If this is your case, you need a break from gel polish.
  3. But if the removal process was successful, then you can go ahead to apply a new one.

Are Gel Nails Better Than Acrylic?

For someone who has a taste for quality and durability, it’s best that you go for gel nails. Below are my reasons.

  1. Unlike acrylic, gel nails last longer and are more durable.
  2. Gel nails cure faster than acrylic nails
  3. Gel nails are also more flexible than acrylics.

Can You Remove Gel Nails At Home?

Sure, it’s easier to remove gel nails at home with a bowl full of acetone or a ball of cotton wool soaked in acetone. Just be sure to moisturize your nails after the whole removal thingy.

Conclusion On How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Nails Done

As you may already know, there isn’t a specific amount needed to get your nails done as prices may vary from one salon to the other plus the type of mani-pedicure you intend to get will determine how much you are to pay.

For you to be on a safer side, it’s advisable that you call your nail tech beforehand to inquire about the cost of their services so that you can go there prepared. Also, don’t forget to tip them for a job well done. (Which is usually around 15%-20%).

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