Do your gel nails look anything like this? If so, you might have a few questions on how to get your nails looking better. Here are some of the most common things clients ask me about when they come to me with gel nails that don’t look so great:
Their gel nails are lifting or peeling away from the nail bed. (This is my
Gel nails are the most sought after nail treatment in the world. They’re beautiful and last for weeks, with no chipping, peeling or fading. Plus, gel manicures dry instantly, so you can get out of the salon and into your life.
Today’s gel nails are more durable than ever before and now, as gel polish continues to evolve and science advances, it’s even easier to get a better-looking gel manicure.
If your gel nails aren’t looking their best or if you don’t think they’re as shiny, strong or flexible as they could be, it might be time to try a new gel formula. Here are 6 things you can do to get better looking gel nails:
I’ve been getting gel nails for over 5 years. I love the high-shine, strength and durability of them, as well as how easy they are to maintain. But unfortunately for me and many others, gels can sometimes be a mixed blessing.
My own nails have seen the full spectrum of gel nail looks, from the good to the bad to the ugly. When done right, they’re amazing, but when done wrong they can be hideous.
I’ve had gel manicures where I’ve loved how my nails looked so much that I got compliments on them every day until they were removed. And I’ve had gels where the only thing I wanted was to soak them off in a bath of acetone, never to return.
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to make your gel nails look their best, both before you go in for a salon service and once you have them on. The following is a list of things I do (and wish other people would do) to keep my gel nails looking great.
When gel nails first hit the market, they were touted as being nail “polish that lasts.” For a beauty product that was instantly appealing to women, the idea of having a manicure last for up to three weeks without chipping, peeling or breaking was something that most women would want to try.
This means you can avoid all of these mistakes and still end up with damaged nails if you don’t know what you’re doing! You may not even know you’ve done anything wrong until it’s too late.
So how can you tell if your gel nails are being damaged? And once you know how, how do you fix them?
It’s the most common problem I see with gel nails. The nail plate is not flat, so the top of the nail is thicker than the side and it looks like you have a mound. It may also look like a reverse C-curve on your nail tip because the center of the nail is higher than the edges.
A ridge-free nail plate is essential in order to apply gel polish flawlessly, and sometimes that means you need to do some reshaping.
You can address this issue with a 180 grit file to grind down the thickest part of the nail and then switch to a fine file (240 grit) to smooth out the shape.
Another option is backfilling with a product like Gelish Fill N’ Go which will give you more control over where the product goes and how much you use, but it does require some skill and patience!
But don’t worry; my next post will be about how to make your gel nails look flawless!
Gel nails are a great way to have beautiful, durable nails. I’ve worn them on and off since they first came out and I really love them. They can last for weeks without chips or breaks and the shine is amazing. But sometimes we run into problems with our gel nails that need to be fixed. Here are some common things that might go wrong with your gels and how you can fix them:
1. The top layer of the gel has dulled down – Gel nails can last for weeks but after a while the top coat starts to dull down so it’s nice to buff it up again. You can do this by gently buffing the surface of your nails with a gentle nail buffer or an emery board. Be careful not to overbuff because you don’t want to weaken the top layer of your nails! Just gently buff until the shine is back.
2. There are scratches in your gel polish – If you have scratches in your gel polish it’s probably because you’ve been wearing rubber gloves while doing housework or washing dishes without taking them off first! Avoid wearing rubber gloves when doing these kinds of chores and always take them off before doing anything else so they don’t get scratched up again right away!
3. Your tip has grown
The first few times you have gel overlay nails done, you fall in love. They look beautiful and they last forever. But what happens when they start to chip or peel?
It’s time to take a closer look at your gel overlay nails and the way they are being done. Here are the top six problems I see with gel overlay nails and how you can fix them.
1. The Gel Is Too Thick
If the gel is too thick, it will not cure properly. This is the most common problem with gel overlay nails. The nail techs usually don’t know any better because their instructor taught them wrong or they haven’t been doing this long enough to know it’s wrong.
A relatively thin layer of gel should be applied over the nail plate for a proper application. If you take a close look at your nails, you should be able to see your natural nail underneath the gel. If not, you have too much on there! The more product there is on your nail plate, the more likely it is to peel up from the sides or chip off in big flakes (usually around two weeks after application).
2. The Gel Is Not Cured Long Enough
For proper curing, LED lights should be used for 30 seconds per layer of gel or