3 Gel Manicure Mistakes

3 Gel Manicure Mistakes

by Sophie Lalani -

Gel manicures are undoubtedly the biggest innovation in nail polish in the last few years. They last longer so you can go 2 to 3 weeks between appointments and they make your nails more durable and less prone to breakage (while they're on at least). Though many people still go into the salon for weekly polish appointments, this can seem tedious and annoying for regular gel nail wearers. Still, because of its convenience, many people opt for gel manicures, so here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Poor Salon Hygiene

Many nail salons don't have proper hygiene practices in place, so it's important to make sure yours properly sterilizes its tools and is regularly checked by a health and sanitation board. Some indicators to make sure they abide by sanitary procedures are clean pedicure basins, using new nail files and buffers for each client, and taking notice of the overall cleanliness of the salon.

Peeling Off Your Gel Manicure Yourself

We all know how frustrating it can be to deal with haggard, chipped nails before your next polish appointment. Avoid peeling off the gel polish at home as this greatly damages your nails. Be patient and wait until you get into the salon but make sure they use acetone to soak your nails (this process takes longer but is much better than them just scraping off the top layer of your nail with the electric buffing machine). Pro Tip: If your nails aren't chipped but are just grown out, put some glitter polish at the bottom. It will conceal the growth and give you a glamorous, fresh looking manicure so you can prolong your next appointment.

Not Using Sunscreen When Curing Your Nails

If you are a frequent gel polish wearer than this tip is especially important. In order to set or "cure" the polish so it hardens, you need to stick your hands under a UV light, similar to a miniature tanning bed. This is harmful to your hands and cuticles so try carrying a sunscreen stick with you so you can rub it on quickly before your manicurist begins painting your nails.

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