(Closed) Experiences will gel nails?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
117 posts
Blushing bee

I believe what they did was Shellac – sounds like it anyways and yes, it’s just like a acrylic nail and will ruin your real nails.  I’ve done real gel nails, acrylic and shellac before and they all ruin my real nails so now I just grow my own and get simple, normal manicures done.  Those don’t ruin your nails!

Post # 3
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I love/hate gel nails

I LOVE that I don’t have to worry about smudging or chipping

I LOVE how it’s just gelish polish over my natural nails

I HATE that eventually my nails became way thin and prone to breakage

Now I’m on a gel mani hiatus

Post # 4
464 posts
Helper bee

Stimpak:  I was a long time acrylic addict. and switched to gels there is a little bit of damage if removed improperly your self but if you go back to the salon and have them remove the gels you should be just fine!! I get a solid 3 weeks from my gels I love it! its more of a ring picture but I have gels on!

Post # 5
8514 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve been getting Shellac manis about once a month and my nails are fine. I bought CND solar oil that was recommended by the salon and I rub it over the nail and my cuticles every night. That supposedly helps with keeping the underlying natural nail healthy and also keeps the mani looking super shiny. 

Post # 6
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I transitioned from acrylics to gels a few months ago.

My nails are in substantially better condition than they were after wearing acrylics for years, but I am still concerned about damage to my nails from having the gel on them and not allowing them to breathe.  At this point I plan on keeping up with my manicures through the holidays (this is going to sound horrible – but just because my family hasn’t seen the ring in person and everyone is going to be grabbing my hand to look).  

I’ll probably let them breathe for a few months, then start getting them done shortly before the wedding and play with colors I might like until I find one for the big day.

Post # 7
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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Stimpak:  i got my first gel polish manicure in march of this year, and maintainted gel manicures through may for my wedding, then stopped. it DESTROYED my nails. i have naturally strong nails that grow long and quite pretty, and they are just now (6 months later) recovering from the gel polish. i’ll never do it again.

they did look beautiful for my wedding 🙂

Post # 8
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

I’m obsessed with gels and, while everyone is different yaddayaddayadda, I personally have never had ANY problems with gel manis. They last for ages, the nail underneath stays strong, and they look sooo nice and are hard to chip. I’d definitely recommend them for your wedding because you can get them done days in advance and not worry about them getting messed up.

The only downside is that I’ve heard rumors that the UV they use to dry them may increase skin cancer risks…

Post # 9
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

PS: Do NOT try and remove the gel mani yourself. You could rip parts of your nail off. You have to go to a nail salon where they soak small cotton puffs in pure acetone and place it on the nail and wrap your finger tip in foil for awhile.  Then the layer of polish can be lifted using nail tools and a polisher/buffer.

Post # 10
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

So I also have a Love/Hate relationship with Gel polish. LOVE that they hold up for 2 weeks and no chipping. However they have completely destroyed my nails and make them paper thin.

I believe to have found the perfect solution to this.. . instead of completely removing the gel before a new manicure I buff and file the gel down super thin and then simply apply my basecoat on top of the old polish. I do my nails myself now I bought a UV lamp on amazon.. I am about 3 or 4 manicures in and think this is the way to go.. Because the reason why it ruins your nails is the repeated removing of the polish and each time it takes a few layers of real nail with it. So if I only fully remove it a couple times a year instead of every two weeks my nails will be just fine! Its pretty genious if you ask me lol. 

Post # 11
2459 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

I used to get gel nails regularly, 2x per month. Then I noticed after I got them off and in between my next appointment, my nails were so weak and would constantly break off.

They were never like this before, my natural nails used to be very long and strong, but I liked the look and low maintenance of gels. Not worth it. I even used nail strengtheners but my nails are still not the same.

I don’t see myself getting gel nails ever again unless it’s for a very special occasion. I’m sticking to just painting my own nails for now. 

Post # 12
1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sounds like you got shellac.

I did that for my wedding day and it was totally 100% worth it! However it does totally ruin your nails when they take it off. I would never do it on a regular basis. But I loved having them for the wedding and honeymoon. They were indestructible!! I didn’t worry for even a millisecond about my nails. Loved it.

Post # 13
4556 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I love my gel nails! I haven’t had any problems with them once I started going to the salon to have them removed. If I tried to peel them off myself, I would break my nail in tiny places. But since they soak them off it’s so much easier. I haven’t had trouble with it ruining my nails. It’s way better than acrylic to me. 

Post # 15
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I got a french gel manicure for my wedding and it turned out great!  I love using gel polish and have my own gel kit to do them at home, but I normally reserve gels for special occasions or vacations.  I go to the salon to get them done every once in while if I’m feeling lazy though. 

In the 2 years that I’ve been using gels, I’ve never had an issue with them ruining my nails. Never pick or peel the polish off when it starts lifting from your nail growth.  I use the foil method to remove gels http://www.chickettes.com/how-to-remove-gelish-polish/

Afterwards, I give myself a basic manicure – cut/file my nails, put on some cuticle oil (solar, olive, or coconut oil work well too), push back my cuticles and trim any hangnails, wash hands, apply nail strengthener, and them moisturize.

I actually just removed my gel polish last night after 2 gel manicures in a month.

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