I recently went on a trip to with my husband for our anniversary. The week before, I wanted to get my nails done as something special for my trip. I usually do my own nails and use non toxic nail polish which, with my hard use of my hands, only lasts about 4 days tops. So for my trip, I wanted to try a gel nail polish application at a local nail salon.
I have to say that my nails looked great and the polish does last long without chipping, cracking or splitting. They were shiny and looked slick the way I like my nails to look. One thing I don’t like about gel nail polish is that it looks “thick” on the nails, if that makes any sense. Almost like you have fake nails on. I like a more natural look personally.
So we get back from our trip and I continue to live with these nails. My nails grow very fast and I could see a big gap between my cuticles and the polish so I decided to take them off. After watching a few videos and reading about the process I take it on myself instead of paying the nail salon $5. I’m cheap. Soaking cotton in acetone and wrapping each finger nail with foil to ensure proper contact to the gel surface. It took a couple of tries but most of the polish came off but left my hands dry and my nails brittle. Now the real work begins. Cuticle oil and hand cream overload. Luckily, there is this awesome brand called Dulce Earth that makes an amazing cuticle cream and hand salve (wink). I saturate each nail with my Hair Serum, which doubles nicely, as I’ve learned, as a nail conditioner. I apply my cuticle cream and hand salve to cuticles and all over my hands for sweet relief. This takes a couple days for my hands/nails to recover but I am diligent and they look and feel much better now, but it will take a couple months for my nails to grow back fully healthy.
I have to say that after this experience. I will no longer use gel nail polish. I will stick to my non toxic 5-free, 7-free & 9-free polishes from now on. They are safer, not harsh like the long lasting gel polish. I like to try new things and experience new products because of the industry I am in so this is a lesson learned.
experiences have you had with your nails? How did you/they recover?