By Damara Stevens

After applying and painting freshman AnnMarie Geise’s acrylic nails, freshman Wren Altis files down the nail to a coffin shape.

Freshman Wren Altis

Over the summer, Altis began to teach herself how to do her own acrylic nails at home.

With supplies purchased from Amazon and hours of practice, freshman Wren Altis applies acrylic nails at home. In addition to doing her own nails, she also does her friend freshman AnnMarie Geise’s nails.

After being inspired through different posts on social media, Altis started doing her own acrylic nails in June of 2021. 

“I had seen Tik Toks and YouTube videos of people that would do their own nails and I thought it was interesting,” Altis said. “Then, I bought my own stuff to start doing [nails].”

Posing with her finished nails, freshman AnnMarie Geise shows off the skills of her friend freshman Wren Altis. (By Damara Stevens)

Altis lists all of the supplies she uses for a set of nails. 

“I use Gelx nail extensions and you cure the nails with a certain gel. I also use Just Gel nail polish, UV lights, electric nail files and all that type of stuff,” Altis said. “I buy all my products from Amazon.”

As Altis started to teach herself how to do her own nails, she practiced on Geise. 

“Wren has been doing my nails since September,” Geise said, “I prefer Wren doing my nails because we are friends so it is easy to tell her what I want. If there is something wrong, I can tell her.” 

As Altis practiced more, Geise could see the improvement and came to her to do her nails over going to a salon. 

“I am extremely happy with how they turn out every time. Wren does as good of a job as a professional would,” Geise said. “It is way more relaxing for me because I don’t have to go into a salon with people I don’t know.”

Not only is it efficient for Altis to do her nails, it is cheaper for her when it comes to  purchasing supplies. 

“All my products together are about $60, but to get your nails done once is about $60,” Altis said, “In the long run it is a lot cheaper than going to get your nails done in a salon. They just last longer.”

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