Ever notice how the tools and equipment at professional nail salons look so expensive and hard to get? The truth is they really aren't hard to come by and don't cost a fortune. (In fact, you will find that the expense of your professional tools pays for itself when you add up all the visits to have your nails done at a salon!) If you're looking to purchase manicure tools and sets that will last for years to come, then scout out where the beauty retail stores are in your area. These can easily be located through a search on the internet or by simply thumbing through your yellow pages. Beauty retailers will typically have the words "professional beauty supply" or something similar in their title. These are the places that sell the exact same tools and equipment to salons and spas, and while you may pay a little more money to shop here, the quality of the product is superior. These stores sell complete manicure sets, or you can choose to customize your needs by purchasing individual tools. If you're really looking for top-notch tools and equipment, they sell the fancy airbrush machines and electric nail buffers, too.
Don't forget to pick out your favorite color of polish while you're there - the brands of nail polish available at these stores are high quality and won't chip as fast as that bottle purchased from the department store.
If by chance you aren't able to locate a professional beauty retailer, then purchasing your manicure set from a department store is perfectly acceptable if you know what to look for. You'll find a wide variety of manicure sets ranging in prices from a couple bucks all the way $20 and over. If you're looking for something to just keep stashed away in your purse or car, then go for the lower-priced sets. You'll normally get a small set of nail clippers, nail scissors, a small file, and a cuticle stick. These are great for taking care of those annoying hangnails or filing down a broken nail at the office. If you plan to do your own manicures at home on a regular basis, then consider purchasing a manicure set that's a little more expensive. You'll get all the tools found in the cheaper kits, plus a few extras such as nail polish, cuticle and hand cream, and nail designs.
Finding a good manicure set is easy and with proper care, can last for years. Imagine all of the time and money you'll save by doing manicures yourself!