Of course, we all love glossy polish that last 2-3 weeks without chipping. But whether applied at the salon or at home, gel nails can leave your natural nails looking dull, drab and severely damaged if not removed correctly. Proper care of your natural nail after gel is removed is crucial to ensure they heal and look their best. Here are some ways to prevent these after-effects.
1. Keep the Cuticle: The cuticle is a natural barrier to fungus and bacteria. If you remove them, there is no protection left for the nail.
2. Moisturize: Moisturizing not only makes your cuticle look better, but it will protect your nails from breaking due to lack of moisture.
3. Take biotin supplements: Biotin is proven to increase nail thickness and prevent splitting and breaking.
4. Keep them short: After gel, your nails will be very soft and thin. Keeping them short will keep them from snagging and breaking. The strongest shape for your nails is short and slightly rounded.
5. Buff: Buffing your nails will smooth out the ridge where the gel nail began near your cuticle, as well as increase blood circulation to your nails for quicker growth.
6. Soak: Weekly soaks will help the recovery process. Warm milk whitens and makes your nails stronger, while olive oil will moisturize. Doing this once or twice a week for 10 minutes at a time will really help!