What is getting a gel manicure like and what can you do to prepare? How do you remove a gel manicure at home? I just got my first gel manicure a few weeks ago and had these questions, so I thought I would make a guide in case anyone else was also wondering the same. Read more below!
GEL MANICURE PREPARATION:
Gel manicures don’t cure with time like normal nail polish but rather they harden under UV light. I like to wear sunscreen on my hands during the manicure process to protect from the rays. (My go to non-greasy easily absorbable sunscreen of choice is this one.)
Before you get your gel manicure, Into the Gloss recommends asking for a pre-gel treatment called IBX which strengthens the nail bed while the gel is on it. It’s worth checking to see if your local salon has it! I wish I knew about it before I got my nails done.
What I love about gel nails is that you’re able to create intricate designs that you aren’t able to get with traditional nail polish. I’m completely obsessed with this marble pattern! I can’t stop pinning cute nail designs onto my Pinterest, nail art is one of my favorite things.
GEL MANICURE REMOVAL:
Gel manicures last for weeks on end because they don’t chip! While convenient in daily life, it unfortunately makes removal very difficult. Here is a handy guide that I used to remove my gel manicure at home.
One thing I will say is that this process is very time consuming. Removing gel manicures at home is not easy. I had to repeat steps 3-5 multiple times before the gel started fully flaking off. Acetone is quite harsh on the cuticles so at the end of the long process, I really doused my nails with cuticle oil for some R&R.
Hope this guide helped! I’ve always loved nail polish and nail art so I definitely plan on doing more nail related posts in the future.