Applying and Removing Gel Nails Should Not Hurt at All
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 about 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, you should just leave, because the technician is a butcher and will ruin your nails. It's a 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 natural oils on your nails to allow the extensions 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 visible join 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. As I said 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.
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!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
When my SNS polish is filed off, I get a burning sensation, why is this?
Any time a polish is filed off it should be done gently and carefully. Filing too quick and for too long will cause a heat build up on your nail and can damage the nail bed. Your technician needs to slow down and be more careful. They should also leave a very fine later on your nails as filing too low, into the nail itself, can also severely damage your nails.Helpful 22