A Beginner’s Guide To Gel Manicures

Do you love having your nails done but hate having to constantly reapply your polish and topcoat?  If so, a gel manicure might be the solution for you. Unlike traditional nail polish which will only last a couple of days, gel polish can last for several days or even weeks.  It is also less prone to chipping and fading. Here is some beginner's information about gel manicures, including how to properly care for your new manicure.

Why Gel Nail Polish Is Different

When you go in for your first gel manicure, you will notice several of the steps are the same. The technician will cut, file, shape, and buff your nails. The manicurist will then apply a layer of gel nail polish of your choosing. The next step is when gel manicures are different. The technician will bring out a special ultraviolet or LED lamp. You will place your freshly painted nails under the light for around 30 to 60 seconds. 

The UV light will actually cure the polish, which makes it harder, more resilient, and protective.  This will keep the polish from chipping and cracking. Two to three layers  will be added before a final topcoat. The manicurist will place your nails under the UV light after each coat. Once the polish is cured, it will not require any additional measures and you can go back to your daily routine.  

Caring for Your New Gel Polish Manicure

Gel manicures are stronger than traditional manicures or polish. However, gel nail polish still requires care to extend the life of your manicure. Here are a few simple tips to help you properly nurture your new gel manicure:

  • Apply a nutrient rich cuticle oil to your nails every day to protect your cuticles and your growing nails.
  • Avoid any solvents or products that contain chemicals, as these products can breakdown the gel nail polish and cause your manicure to fade.
  • Wear rubber gloves when doing the dishes, cleaning, or performing any chores that can cause your nails to fade or chip.
  • Avoid picking at your nails, as this will cause them to chip and break.

When your nails have grown or you want to try a new color, do not attempt to remove the gel manicure on your own, as this can cause serious damage to the surface of your nails. Instead, ask your manicurist to safely remove the color with acetone nail remover.

Gel manicures are a great way to enjoy a beautiful, shiny nail color for several weeks. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to contact your manicurist.