About Gel Manicure
A gel manicure service at Igor M Salon employs gel to bind synthetic nails to your natural ones. A gel is applied over your fingernails just like regular nail polish, and after each layer is painted on, our well-experienced manicurist will place your hands under a small UV light for a brief period just to harden the gel.
Clear gel manicures are trendy because they give a more natural look. If you’re really a nail art fan, gel manicures are the perfect treatment – glitter and crystals will adhere very well to gel manicures. Before you get a gel manicure, you should be aware that while this type of therapy typically yields impressive, glossy nails, there are a few things to look out for:
- Gel manicures generally are more expensive than other types of manicure.
- There is also the upkeep factor: if you want your nails to look their best, you will need to visit our manicurist at Igor M Salon regularly (every four weeks).
- Damage to your nail bed can occur during the removal process.
- It’s unhealthy to expose your hands to UV light constantly.
So do your research and consult our manicurist who can answer all your questions and decide which manicure option is best for you!
To keep your nails healthy before, during, and after gel manicures, dermatologists at Igor M Salon, recommend the following tips:
- Be proactive with your manicurist. Ask if the tools in action are sterilized, and look around to make sure he/she is cleaning and sanitizing tools after every client. Also, never let the manicurist push or cut your cuticle, as this could lead to inflammation and infection.
- Consider traditional nail polish instead of gel polish. This is very important if you feel recurring nail problems or are allergic to acetone, as acetone is needed to remove gel polish.
- Wear sunscreen. Before taking a gel manicure, employ a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, including an SPF of 30 or higher to your hands, to prevent skin cancer and premature skin aging. This will also help shield your skin from the ultraviolet radiation used to seal gel nail polish to the nail.
- Don’t pick gel nail polish. When the color starts to come off, don’t try to pick the polish or use other nails or tools to remove it. Instead, make an appointment with our manicurist to have the polish removed.
Moderation is the key when we talk about gel manicures. Consider getting a gel manicure for special occasions only, and see an Igor M Salon dermatologist if you notice any unusual changes to your nails or have a persistent nail problem.