I went to Diamond Nail Bar for the first time yesterday, and have left feeling seriously disappointed. As I am allergic to the powder gel kind of nails, I always make an appointment whenever I go somewhere new and ask specifically if they do UV gel. I've always been happy to pay that little bit extra because I think they look much nicer than acrylic. When I phoned here, they said that they did UV gel so I made an appointment for my lunch hour. When I got there, I was kept waiting despite having an appointment and then told they couldn't do the UV gel. They tried to force me to use powdered gel (as has happened to me in other Chinese nail bars) and when I refused, they told me they could put on tips and then use 'coloured gel' which is really just the Shellac gel. They told me this would work the same as regular UV gel, so I agreed.
Despite having my hands under the UV lamp for about 30 mins, I was constantly told it would be 'just 5 minutes' until the gel dried. Now that it eventually has, it looks vile. The gel on my thumb nails cracked and started peeling off by the time I returned to my desk, and there are visible 'bumps' where my nail bed and the end of the fake nail meet. Despite them being cut so sort that you can barely see them over the tips of my fingers (and I have small fingers and small nail beds so this is not a great distance) the tips feel as though they are about to snap off. I'm really disappointed with them, and feel as though I have had a fast one pulled on me. On some of my nails, I can even see my actual nail at the side!
I really do not recommend this place to anyone. I feel really self-conscious about my nails now and can't wait to get them removed.
On a further point: has anyone else had massive difficulty trying to get UV gel nails done in London? It seems no matter where I go, they try to pressure me into the powder gel as its cheaper for them. I have never had this problem in Glasgow, where I am originally from.