Do you love those perfectly manicured digits? I don't blame you, we all love rocking the latest mani on the block. While your hands always look perfectly manicured, a gel manicure can take a toll on the health of your nails in the long run. Some of us don't suffer any nail damage while some of us have to deal with weak, broken and brittle nails. Gel nails or acrylic nails tend to leave behind some kind of damage or the other to your nail bed, especially when worn frequently. If you frequent gel manicures, you know the struggles of having brittle nails is real! The entire process of applying artificial nails right from the glue to the powders and polish have chemicals that can damage the health and quality of your actual nails.
The nail damage is caused by a number of factors like
The longer you wear the gel manicure, the more damage it can cause. You are going to have to deal with yellow nails and brittle nails if you frequent the nail salon for a new fancy manicure. So it's best to give acrylic nails a breather every now and then.
If you get your nails done every few weeks, you original nails are bound to suffer from some kind of damage. I would recommend getting a gel manicure once in 3-4 months. Get it for a special occasion and take it off within 10-15 days. This will ensure that your nails don't get damaged.
Make sure you always visit a professional. An inexperienced technician can cause your nails a lot of damage in the long run.
The important thing here is to be patient, if you wore the acrylic or gel nails for a long period of time, your nails will take a few weeks to go back to being normal. Here are a few things you can do to boost the health and growth of your nails.
1. Try to keep your nails as short as possible so they don't chip and break. If you must use nail polish, use a nail strengthening base coat like the Sally Hansen Base & Top Coat Chip - Resistant With Nylon & Pro Vitamin B5 (Rs 430)
2. Keep hand lotion in your purse! Regular application of hand lotion and a cuticle oil will keep your cuticles healthy and hydrated and help boost the growth of your nails. The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (Rs 349) and the Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab X Cuticle Oil Huile Pour Cuticles (Rs 710) work really well to hydrate dry hands and nails.
3. Eat healthy and enjoy it as much as you can. A diet rich in Omega 3 and Vitamin E can strengthen your hair, skin and nails. You could take a supplement like the INLIFE Hair Skin and Nails (Rs 657) after consulting with your doctor.
4. Be patient, if your nails have suffered any damage after the acrylics, they will be back to their normal health only when they have grown out entirely. All you can do is take care of them, keep them short and keep your cuticles healthy!