DIY Gel Polish? Proceed with Caution

Gel polish is becoming increasingly popular and is a wonderful addition to a nail service at a salon.  But you’ve probably noticed more and more do-it-yourself home gel nail kits becoming available for use.  As a licensed professional, I can think of a number of reasons why you shouldn’t do them at home.

Professional manicurists go through intensive training specifically on nail diseases, fungus, weak nails, nail injuries, etc.  Most average people do not carry the knowledge of what can happen if nails are not prepped properly.   Gel polish should be treated no different than any other nail enhancement, like acrylic nails or gel nails.

If a nail is not prepped correctly (cleaned properly, completely dry, and cuticles pushed back) the gel polish could come off pulling some of your natural nail with it or a fungus may develop from even the tiniest piece of dirt or bacteria. Fungus can sometimes be unseen under the gel polish for as long as the polish is on your nail and can develop into a bigger deal without you even knowing.

The removal of gel polish should be taken just as seriously—you need to soak off the nails properly so you don’t damage your natural nail.

If you choose to do an at-home gel polish service, use caution and make sure that you are doing it on completely clean, dry nails.   Also, do your research first. Find the best one out there.  Spend a little more on it if you can.  LED lamps are best because they cure the gel polish fast and do not use UV rays.

Or best yet, trust your professional manicurist! Then you get the joy of getting out of the house and chatting with a friendly person who cares about what happens to your nails.

Learn more about nail technology education at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

Photo provided by Milady’s Standard Nail Technology © 2011

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