We all love to pamper ourselves. When we have freshly manicured hands with nail paint on them, we can’t seem to stop obsessing over how gorgeous it looks. The gel nail polish from our last trip to Nails A More has us in awe for some time to come. There is a huge misconception revolving around the gel nail polish manicure. That it makes the nails weak, it is time to get past this myth and bust it. We are here to break down this popular myth for you. 

What is gel nail polish?

It is a thicker nail polish, which lasts for about 2 to 3 weeks. The manicure begins by soaking the natural nails in which nail varnish is applied. There should be no trace of oils, dirt, or even dead skin on your cuticle area as it would cause the product to lift and chip. After the varnish, a base coat is applied, followed by 2 to 3 layers of the color you have chosen. In the last step, a glossy or a matte topcoat is applied. After each step, the gel polish is cured or dried under the LED or UV lamp before the next layer of polish can be applied. Once you have reached the last layer of topcoat, which has been cured, there would be a tacky layer left that is removed with a cleanser or by rubbing alcohol on it. 

Does the gel nail polish make the nails weak?

No, they don’t damage your natural nails unless you begin to pick and pull off the gel nail polish. In this case, a few natural nail layers also come off, along with the gel nail polish. Which makes your nails look terrible and week. Even incorrect removal of gel polish can cause damage to the nails. The technician should be gentle while removing the nail polish and not scrapping it off aggressively. Once the product has been soaked for a particular period, it would begin to break down on its own. The little bits which are remaining on the nails can be removed with the help of a buffer. 

How can you remove gel nail polish?

Removing gel nail polish is relatively easy, and when done right, it won’t impact your nails’ health. To remove your gel nail polish, you would need pure acetone, ten pieces of cotton pads, tin foil, cuticle pusher, cuticle oil, buffer, and strengthener. Take a piece of cotton ball and add acetone to it. Then place this ball on your nail and wrap the foil on top of it. Do this step on all the fingers. Once all your fingers have been covered, let it be for about 20 minutes, following which take off the foil and cotton pads. Now with a cuticle pusher, gently scrape off the gel bits—buff off any bits of gel that have been left behind. The last step is to apply to strengthen and cuticle oil.

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