Everything You Need To Know About Gel Manicures

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Jul. 30, 2020
We all know and dread the moment our manicure starts to chip or smudge – usually within a few days of laboring over painting them, but sometimes, within just a few hours. Luckily, with a gel manicure you can wave goodbye to chipped nails and hello to a manicure that looks as flawless in two weeks as it does the day you got it. It's the perfect option if you’re going on holiday, getting married, or simply want a few weeks off the constant manicure maintenance.
What is a gel manicure?
Gel polish is formulated so that when it’s exposed to UV or LED light, it bonds into a hard and durable coating which is chemical resistant. This process is called ‘curing’. The result is a manicure that is much stronger than one done with regular nail polish, and is more resistant to chips caused by daily wear and tear. Gel manicures present a good opportunity to experiment with nail art, since they last longer so are worth the time spent on a more intricate design.
Can I do a gel manicure myself?
If you have all the equipment – a UV or LED lamp and gel nail polish, then yes. But getting this kit can be expensive – most people head to the salon for a gel manicure. Remember that gel polish is different to regular nail polish and UV and LED lights won’t cure regular nail polish.
How long does a gel manicure last for?
On average, a gel manicure should last for around two or three weeks before it starts to chip or look grown out. It can depend on the technique used to cure the polish, the brand of nail polish used, how fast your nails grow, and how much you use your hands.
How do I remove gel nail polish?
Unlike regular nail polish, you can’t easily wipe off gel nail polish with acetone and a cotton pad. We’d recommend visiting the salon where you had your manicure painted to get it professional removed without damaging your nails. Alternatively, and as a last resort, you can soak it off by wrapping acetone-soaked cotton pads around each finger, sealing it in with tin foil, and waiting for around fifteen minutes. You should never pick or bite off your gel nail polish as this can seriously damage the nail bed.
Will gel nail polish damage my nails?
Wearing gel nail polish won’t cause any damage to your nails but removing it incorrectly will. Picking at the polish will remove layers of your nail, causing your nails to be weak and thin.
There’s a reason why gel manicures have become such a beauty mainstay. You’ll save time and money and won’t need to worry about the upkeep! It’s time to treat yourself
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