Gel Nails Should Not Hurt at All!
I just want to repeat the title again. Gel nails, and acrylic nails for that matter, should not hurt at all.
I've read numerous articles from people who have received gel nails and I'm shocked to the core from some of the stories. I've heard people saying:
- That it hurts to cure the nails and that some salons tell you to push down to reduce the pain or have a fan to cool nails.
- When getting infills, the gel is clipped off using clippers.
- That the nails lifted after a few days but they were told this was normal and to put some cuticle oil on it.
Are you for real!? If you experience pain at any time, just leave because the technician is a butcher and will ruin your nails. Fact.
If you get your nails done by a properly qualified technician, not someone who's done a one-day course, you should have a lovely experience which goes something like this:
- You should be asked to wash your hands. At the very least yours and your technician's hands should be sprayed with sanitiser.
- Your natural nails will be shaped and the therapist will either buff your nails gently or use a nail dehydrator and germ killer—something like scrub fresh.
- The point of this is to remove germs and all natural oils on your nails to allow the exentions to bond. If your natural nails are touched at this point, your nails will lift as oil has been put back on your nails.
- A primer may be used to aid the bond if the gel system requires it.
- If tips are being applied, please note the following: when filing a tip, they should never wipe off dust with their fingers or blow it away. Wiping introduces oils and blowing introduces germs—not good. If you ask for a natural tip, your technician should be able to file this so you have no join visible and no file marks on your natural nail.
- If they've filed your nail, it is damaged. If there is a join, tell them. If you have short nails don't opt for white tips since they'll look too low. Instead, get sculpted nails so your nail plate can be extended.
- The tips and gel will be applied following the instructions for that system. There's no point in writing more as all systems are different. But all gels should be applied in layers.
- When your fingers are put into the UV lamp it should not burn. If you get a flash of heat on your nails, the gel is too thick. The burning can damage your nail plate and the thick gel won't cure or bond properly meaning they will lift easily. Like I put above, gel should be applied in layers which helps each layer cure and bond properly.
- Nails will be hot to trot when all of this is done. Put on a little cuticle oil and you're out the door.
When it comes to infills or removal, no enhancements should be picked off. Doing this also takes a few layers of nail with it, leaving weak, damaged nails.
Read more about choosing the right technician on my new article ' Choosing the right nail technician'.
Depending on the system, they should be filed off or soaked off. If filing them, you should be left with a very thin layer of gel on your nails. This is the safest way to remove the gel without removing or damaging your natural nails.
File too far down and you get weak, damaged nails which you'll have to grow out. If your technician goes to pick them, puts clippers under them or anything similar, tell them where to go and leave.
I hope this helps you make the right decision when it comes to choosing a technician as everyone deserves gorgeous pain-free talons! As above, please read my article 'Choosing the right nail technician' for more information.