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Gel Removal 411
If you haven’t been living under a rock the past couple of years, then you know gel polish is everywhere. The stigma behind it is usually as follows: “OMG, I love how long my manicure lasts, but the gel RUINED my nails!”
Gel polish is an overlay painted over the natural nail. It stays for weeks with lasting shine and without a chip…which is all fine and dandy until the removal process. Lemme say, proper gel removal is CRUCIAL to preserving the natural nail plate. Doing it wrong can do serious and long-lasting damage.
When removed by a caring, trained and experienced nail technician, the natural nail can remain intact, and the most damage you’ll see is dryness from lack of moisture. (Tip: If you opt for gel polish, apply oil to your nails twice a day to avoid white dry spots forming underneath the gel.)
Honestly, gel removal is not rocket science! Filing the top coat (shiny) layer of your gel allows the solution to soak through and get down to the base coat and the natural nail (this is why oil is needed). Leaving the solution on for the allotted time is extremely important. Some nail techs get impatient and start to scrape or file, and that’s a no-no.
If you’ve let your nails soak for about 10 minutes and there are still some stubborn patches of polish, you should re-wrap the nail and continue to let them soak until the gel lifts and “crumbles” off. There’s never a rush and no corners need to be taken. You’re going to have those 10 fingernails for the rest of your life, so take care of ’em!