Gel nails are beautiful and long lasting-only if you maintain them properly. If you have never tried them, you definitely should. Technically, they are artificial since several coats of polish are applied to seal the nails. This layers cover the nails, but your natural nails all the same grow. I think I prefer gel nails to acrylics. However, I know there are people who wouldn’t agree with the whole idea of gel nails, which is okay. If you love them, here are some quick tips to make your gel manicure last longer that have worked for me and still continue to.Read on…
Cut your nails
Taking care of your nails will be easier if you apply your gel with shorter nails. This provides them with enough room to grow below the gel coating and the chances of breakage are minimal.
Clean and moisturize those Nails
When you have a gel manicure, your nails need to be kept clean and moisturized. You don’t want dirt, debris or grit to get trapped beneath because this is not only unsightly, but unhealthy as well. Moisturizing will keep your nail beds and cuticles in perfect condition so your natural nails will not be damaged even when you remove your gel. Still, you can remove your gel nails at home, I do that.
Avoid the temptation to peel it off
At times, no matter how well we take care of our nails, chips do happen. However, when they begin, do not peel off your nails! Clearly, peeling is not the ideal way to maintain your manicure, but this isn’t the reason you will want to keep off this habit. If you start peeling off the layers of gel, you can harm your natural nail. Rather, remove the manicure the right way.
Add a top coat
This is one thing you can always do at home. Some people will do it every two days, while others do it once or twice in a week. This depends on what you like, the time you have and what you do. If you are often working with your hands, like typing, you will want to add a top coat often. When you lock your nails with a top coat, you will be able to drastically reduce the risk of chips and cracks.
Get your gel filled regularly
It’s important to get your nails filled when you begin noticing growth. Gel nails that are filled properly will last you longer. You will not have to remove and replace the polish regularly which can be quite expensive.
Go for lighter shades
Light polish doesn’t show cracks, chips or any imperfection easily. This means that if anything goes wrong, it won’t be easy to notice within a glance.
I love gel nails and I get them frequently, because I am a nail junkie and I love changing them often. And when I have them, I’ll go up to three weeks without any peeling which is a wonderful thing.