I’m your typical full time working mom. Actually two full time job working mom (since I consider my blog a second job-but one I love). I do at times take time for myself so I’m not at all saying I do everything for everyone else and nothing for myself because my family will attest to the fact that sometimes I just do my own thing. However I decided at the beginning of August to start splurging on myself a little, in the form of manicures and pedicures. I know many people already do this religiously but it has never been anything I’ve done on a routine basis.
So yesterday I followed through with my “commitment” to me and went for my second visit to get both done. I’ve started using the “gel” manicures since the polish stays on forever and looks great. I absolutely love how it works, though I hate being tied to only the colors the salon has available.
What is a Gel Manicure?
A gel manicure is a type of manicure that uses gel to bind the synthetic fingernails to the natural nails. Unlike acrylic nails, the other option for manicures, gel nails are stronger and less likely to chip. Gel can also be applied over natural nails to keep them healthy and long.
Does a Gel Manicure Damage Your Nails?
From what I’ve read if removed properly they do not damage your nails. I asked my nail technician and was told the same thing. The damage comes if you try to peel them off or do not let the gel dissolve and remove properly.
How to Remove a Gel Manicure?
What I read was exactly what my nail technician did today. You need ten cotton balls, aluminum foil, and acetone (not nail polish remover). You need pure acetone which I read can be purchased at a beauty supply store or hardware store. Nail polish remover will not work. You need to soak the cotton ball in the acetone and put it on your nail and wrap it with tin foil. Do these for all nails and leave on for about 15 minutes. Once it is dissolved you can use scrap off the polish without damaging your nail. Note: My technician used a file on the polish lightly before wrapping. I assume this was so the acetone could soak into the polish instead of running off the side of my nails.
Are Gel Manicures Safe To Your Health?
This answer seems to be a little more complicated and there appears to be research being done. The biggest concern I’ve read is the UV lights causing cancer. So it is recommended that you lather up your hands with sunscreen before getting a gel manicure done. I’ve read that salons may be trying to mix products or use cheaper gel polish that ncludes a chemical called methyl methacrylate, that can cause shortness of breath and irritate the eyes and skin. Note: Salon-goers should be concerned if nail technicians can’t answer questions about gel ingredients and if the liquids smell funny.
After doing my research I’ve decided that gel manicures are still something I’m interested in getting and love the salon I go to. I hope with time the color selection increases. I plan on continuing my new commitment to myself as it is a small pleasure that makes me feel good and look great.