Gel Polish Trauma

Two weeks ago, I tried Gel Nail Polish for the first time.  I thought that it would be a good time to see what all the hype was about since I was going on vacations and I didn’t want to worry about keeping my nails looking nice.  Three days later, the polish on one of my nails already began to chip but other than that, the rest lasted for two entire weeks.

Yesterday, I found time to go to the salon to have the stuff removed.  This is when I found out how damaging gel nail polish is to our nails.

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After buffing the polish down, cotton soaking in nail polish remover was placed on top of my nails.  Each finger was then wrapped in foil and left for more than 15 minutes. You can imagine how dehydrated my nails already were after keeping the polish on for two weeks, and now made even drier by letting them soak in a solvent. Very dry nails lead to peeling. This makes them more susceptible to bacteria and nail infections.

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When the foil finally came off, the technician then scraped the loosened and remaining polish from the nail plate with a metal pusher. The top layer of my nail was literally stripped off.  Now my already very dehydrated nails have become much thinner.

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I know my toes look funny but I just had to post this picture. I found that a nail had already started peeling.

As much as I love the fact that gel polish lasts a very long time, I don’t think I would ever have it done again. The trauma my nails go through isn’t worth the longevity of the gloss and color. Plus, once my polish chips, I’d rather have the option of removing it myself.