Loopy and I both have gel nails. I was adamantly against them but some of my medications have left me with very soft nails and so I relented a few months ago and am very glad that I did. I don't have the built-up tips, that is to say, the long Chiclet-style nails that would prohibit crafting and baking, I just have an overlay on my nail bed that makes my nails Wonder Woman strength. I keep them short for crafting, so it really doesn't look like I tend to them at all.
Loopy was doing a little biting, so she has the same overlays. Some people think it is a little strange for an eleven year old to sport gel nails but I think anything that prevents the nasty biting habit is fantastic. Her esthetician uses a sparkly light pink mixture and sometimes she adds little dragonflies or daisies to the tips, which any eleven year old would find very glamourous and would prohibit any nibbling. I would highly recommend it, much better than that bitter paint-on goop that tastes so awful but gets washed off.
Both of our nail technicians have been going through some bad times. I'm so glad I'm not 23 anymore and dealing with boyfriends, bad jobs and junky cars anymore. Loopy and I did up little flower arrangements in mason jars and dropped them at the salon. Oh, the wonders of the Costco flower bunch! Loopy is enjoying her "random acts of kindness" and it's nice getting her into that frame of mind. Plus, she loves any excuse to use my punch labeler.
Perform your own random act of kindness soon - you know you want to! I would love to hear about it.