I've been getting the new kind of manicures . . . shellac . . . that last a couple of weeks (although they tend to last three weeks for me, even with washing dishes by hand). To get the nail polish off, I have to return to the studio, where they put remover-soaked pads on each fingernail and wrap each finger in aluminum foil for ten or fifteen minutes. Then, they use sort of a mini belt sander to remove the polish.
I love these manicures, as I don't have to do anything to protect my nails from cleaning products, dishwashing, etc. The polish just stays on until it grows out.
K . . . I have at least one manicure per month at $25, one pedicure for sure every month at $25, a hair cut every other month at about $25, a facial every month for $85 (includes face, neck, shoulder, and back massage, plus some foot manipulation that's supposed to help rosacea . . . HUGE treat), and eyebrows waxed twice a month for ten dollars each time. I've been doing all that for a couple of years now, and paying for it with money earned myself.
I dye my hair myself . . . never often enough!
A few years ago, I was pretty judgmental about that kind of thing, figuring someone who would even go have a manicure must be pretty shallow, or not have much else to do. I have an entirely different attitude these days.
I also often treat one of my girls to the same thing I'm having. Faithie and I went and had manicures on Friday. She chose glow-in-the-dark, green nail polish!