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You want to peel off the gel... but should you?

Hello again ladies!

The end of the year is upon us and hopefully many of you have plans to rest and spend some valuable time with friends and family. It’s been a rough few years, so hopefully you can really enjoy the break.

Speaking of breaks — have you thought maybe its time to take a break from those glossy set of reds? Maybe you just want to embrace your natural nails for a while. Well just as important as it is to me to talk about all things Gel application, I want to make sure I'm also educating my beautiful clients on the best and healthiest to go about Gel removal.

I mean I get it! Sometimes you just need a break from the ongoing expense, or maybe you only wanted a glamorous look for a special occasion. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know the best way to remove product so your nails are not left brittle and sore. The last thing I want is you cursing the day you stepped into the salon to have your nails done!

Unlike acrylic, not all gel can be easily soaked off. Although LIKE acrylic, gel does need to be removed geeeently. This needs to be done in order to preserve the integrity of the nail plate. I personally, am not a fan of the soak off method. Letting hands sit in acetone for 20 minutes or so can be drying and irritating to the skin.

If you let me know that your nails are a once off and you wont be getting infills, my professional opinion on the best course of action come removal time, is the 'grow out' method.

But Paulette, won't that take forever!?

I know it may be hard to be patient and whilst it could speed up the DIY removal process by picking, peeling and biting away at gel — it will leave your nails sensitive and brittle for a long time to come. But if preserving the health of your natural nail is important to you, unfortunately this method is always going to be the safest for your nail health. If the grow out method is the one you chose, my suggestion would be to keep the nails short while during the process.

Ah nope, I don't think I have that kind of patience Paulette!

In that case, I encourage my clients to have their product professionally removed. If the gel cannot be soaked off, an E-file will be used to remove the bulk followed by a gentle buff to leave your nails smooth, clean and in good shape. But keep in mind that follow up care is essential. Cuticle oil, hand cream and a clear polish can preserve your nails in those initial couple of weeks after removal while your natural nail recovers.

If you ever have questions in regards to the process, never hesitate to reach out! Also please make sure to let me know if there's any questions you've found yourself pondering about in the world of nails and maybe I can chat about it here with you next month.

Keep safe and content.

Paulette x


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