Gel manicures promise longevity, extra gloss and minimal chipping. Here we bust damage myths and discuss the best ways to keep your manicure long lasting. For bookings click here

  1. There Are Two Ways To Cure Gel Nails

Painted on like regular polish, gels are then cured with a UV or LED light to lock them in for longer. An LED lamp cures nails up to four times faster than a standard UV lamp, which can take one to two minutes. Cedar we use LED lamps which mean the quickest drying time with no damage

  1. Preparation Is Key

Gels are known for their long-lasting qualities, but they’re less likely to stay put if the nail isn’t prepped correctly. There should be no water, lotion or any oils on the surface –otherwise the gels just won’t adhere in the same way. This is why manicurists spend so long prepping and buffing nails, removing shine and dust too. 

  1. They Can Encourage Nail Growth

It may sound counterintuitive but gel manicures protect the natural nails, allowing them to grow as they trap in oils and moisture underneath –providing they are removed correctly, of course. They’re also a great option for nail biters because they add a stronger layer to discourage any nibbling.

4. Gel Manicures Can Still Chip & Break

Hot showers, steam rooms and washing up cutlery can all cause gels to lift prematurely, especially if you’re partaking in any of these up to four hours post-treatment. Harsh chemicals such as bleach, perfume and cleaning products also contribute to early peeling, so wear gloves when possible and try not to leave your hands in water for any longer than they need to be. If it’s a really obvious chip, try and find a similar shade to cover up any gaps and seal it with a top coat for the time being.

5. The Most Damaging Part Is Definitely Picking

Any kind of improper removal, like picking or peeling at the gels, can damage the nail plate. Avoid this by returning to the salon where we will take time to remove the polish correctly. If you do notice any chips in your gels, seal with a top coat and maintain self-control to stop picking off the rest – otherwise you’ll be left with weak, brittle nails that take months to recover.

6. Never Neglect Aftercare

If you’re taking a break from gels after removal, nothing’s more important than rehydrating your nails. A cuticle oil or nail serum will instantly add nourishment back in. If you find you’re suffering from peeling or extreme dryness in your nails, take a proper break and allow them to grow back to a stronger, healthier state.