This has to be the Biggest Nail Myth ever- That your Nails need to Breathe after wearing Gel Nails.
In the beauty world we laugh at this because the FACT is nails don’t have lungs so of course they don’t need to breathe but why then is this terminology used so much you might ask?
I guess it’s like a lot of things and simply an old myth but what i think would be a better question is “Do i need to take a break from wearing nail polish or gel nails” or put another way “Does long term nail enhancements ruin my nails?”
If I give my own personal story, then maybe this will help you to understand this better.
I have worked in a salon from the age of 14 and i am now 32. For most of that time I have been wearing either Nail polish (imagine) or Gel nails. .
My nail ‘breaks’ are usually because I am too busy to get my gel off and on again on the same day and i could genuinely say the longest time I have had it off completely for would be 10 days max.
So here are 3 things I believe you need to ask yourself to see if Gel Nails have damaged your nails:
1. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Naturally how good are my Nails?”…
My answer to that question is “Pretty Weak”. From no age my nails always broke and split . I’ve tried every nail strengthener possible with little or no success ( i prefer oils and supplementation) but i find that when i wear Gel i can grow my nails way longer than without it for the simple reason my nails have been layered with a “builder” to give them the illusion of more strength.
My personal answer to that question is “Terribly Weak”.
From no age my nails always broke and split. I’ve tried every nail strengthener possible with little or no success ( I prefer oils and supplementation) but I find that when I wear Gel I can grow my nails way longer than without it for the simple reason my nails have been layered with a “builder” to give them the illusion of more strength.
When wearing Gel on your nails, they can take more ‘abuse’ and don’t break as easily…. until i remove the gel and if I don’t get the gel back on asap they all break again….
Who can relate to this? Now is that the fault of the gel? NO….
Remember, my nails have ALWAYS been weak. Some people think because their nails break when the gel is removed that it’s because of the damage of the gel when in actual fact it’s because they naturally have weak nails or, they are now treating their own nails as if they are still wearing gel and not being as careful with them and the excess trauma is breaking them.
2. Second Question, “How do your nails Look after Wearing Gel?
When I remove my gel my nails they look great. No pits or dips, no green infection and no pain. (all of those are possible). Having a product removed regularly and seeing what your nails look like underneath is the best way to sustain healthy nail beds.
3. The third question should be, “What Type or Brand of products are you having?
The type and brand of gel you wear is really important. Just like most things there is a varied array of brands out there some of which aren’t as friendly to the natural nail.
In our salon we use The Gel Bottle Inc & Gelish as our products of choice. They both have a 5* safety rating and can be easily removed from the nail bed. But, like every good product it is only as good as the therapist using it and as salon we are very passionate to maintain the integrity of the natural nail at all times. (No harsh applications or removal techniques)
I remember when i was about 16 or 17 I had my first set of nail extensions applied because i really wanted to see what they were like before I went to train in them. I choose a very professional salon who used a product brand I was familiar with.
I left that salon with beautiful looking nails however I also left with 3 or 4 cuts on my cuticles and throbbing nails with the pressure of the product on my naturally weak nails. The pain got worse and worse to the point where I had to take pain relief for it. When I could bear it I removed them asap. Not a good experience at all and on that note Pain is not a normal experience when you are having your nails done, so if you’ve had a painful experience then I’d recommend you change salon asap. (damage is looming)
So, in summary my answer to the original question is NO, you don’t need to let your nails ‘Breathe’ or take a ‘Break’ from wearing nail enhancements unless anything that I have mentioned above has flagged up something you are concerned or worried about.
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