Surviving a Gel Manicure

June 10, 2014


A few weeks ago, I got my first gel manicure, and loved it. It’s seriously chip proof, and doesn’t lose it’s shine like some of my manicures in the past.  But, (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) my nails grow really fast, and after the first week, I noticed the color growing out. Luckily, I was wearing a light color so it wasn’t too noticeable, but soon, I had to bite the bullet remove the paint myself. Here are some things I learned…

Supplies you’ll need: buffer or fine file, cotton balls, acetone, 4″x4″ pieces of foil

First, I buffed the shine off the top coat of polish until the color was dull.

Next, I pulled each cotton ball in half and soaked in acetone. I squeezed the excess acetone from each piece and placed directly on each nail. Then I wrapped a piece of foil around each fingertip.

For me, waiting 20 minutes with my hands covered in foil was the hardest part (and as you can imagine, it was great fodder for the boyfriend’s jokes). I’m incredibly impatient! After watching the minutes tick by, I removed the foil and used my fingernails to scrape the remaining polish away. I washed my nails with warm water and soap and moisturized with cuticle oil.

I loved not worrying about damaging my nail color with a gel manicure, but will probably save them for vacations and special occasions. I found the removal process to be very drying, so I recommend having baby oil or cuticle oil on hand. Also, if your nails grow fast like mine, try a lighter color so the growth is not as noticeable.

Do you have a gel manicure or have you tried one in the past? What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

3 thoughts on “Surviving a Gel Manicure

  1. Lauren Hairston

    Oh I used to LOVE gel manicures. I went to England for two weeks and didn’t have to touch up or anything, even on an almost-black dark purple. I did gel manicures regularly for about a year and then my nails started peeling and breaking. No fun. So, no more gel manis for me even though I really loved them. I think you’d be safe with vacations and special events.


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