Common Gel Nail Myths Debunked: Setting the Record Straight
In the ever-evolving world of nail artistry, gel nails have become a staple for many clients seeking long-lasting, glossy finishes. However, with popularity comes misconceptions. As Nail Technicians, it's crucial to separate fact from fiction to provide the best service and advice. So, let's debunk some of the most common gel nail myths.
1. Myth: Gel nails ruin your natural nails
Truth: When applied and removed correctly, gel nails do not damage the natural nail. The harm often comes from incorrect removal, like peeling or prying the gel off. It’s crucial to educate your clients on the importance of professional removal to maintain nail health and avoid any unnecessary nail damage. It’s also worth thinking about whether your gel nail removal process is correct and safe. Check out this blog for a complete guide to gel nail removal.
It is also possible for a client to develop nail damage if moisture is left on the nail plate before applying gel polish. The trapped moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to a bacterial infection or green nail - so always dehydrate the nail!
2. Myth: Gel nail lamps emit harmful UV radiation
Truth: Whilst UV rays can be damaging to the skin, the amount of UV exposure from a gel nail lamp is minimal and not significantly harmful. However, for added protection, clients can apply sunscreen on their hands or you can use UV-free LED lamps if it’s something that concerns them.
3. Myth: Gel nails are inflexible and can snap easily
Truth: Quality gel nails have a balance of strength and flexibility, allowing them to withstand daily wear and tear without snapping. Even rubber base and builder gel polishes are flexible when they are high-quality products! Of course, all nails have a risk of breakage, particularly if your client isn’t careful with them! However, if the nail prep is done correctly and you’re using quality products, then the nails shouldn’t snap easily.
4. Myth: Gel nails don't allow your natural nails to "breathe"
Truth: Nails don't actually "breathe" as they receive their nutrients and oxygen from the bloodstream, not the air. Gel nails, when applied correctly, won't hinder the health of the underlying nail.
5. Myth: All gel nail products are created equal
Truth: The quality of gel nail products can vary significantly. As a Nail Technician, invest in reputable brands and products to ensure the best results and client satisfaction. Using poor quality products can result in nail damage, nail allergies, and poor retention, which will leave you with unhappy clients! Buying cheaper products from websites that do not disclose the formula and chemicals they have used is a big red flag. These chemicals can be harmful and dangerous, and you should always know that what you’re offering your clients is safe.
6. Myth: Gel nails are only for long nails
Truth: Gel nails are versatile and can be applied to nails of any length, whether short or long. The Miss Dolla Rubber Base Coat can even help protect weak nails and allow them to grow if your client is trying to increase their length.
7. Myth: The thicker the gel application, the longer it lasts
Truth: A thicker application can lead to lifting or peeling. The thicker the coat is, the less likely it is that it will cure properly in the lamp. This can mean that whilst they look and feel dry on the top, they may still be wet in the middle, which will cause premature lifting. It's essential to apply thin, even layers, curing each one properly for the best longevity.
Gel nails offer a world of possibilities for both Nail Technicians and clients. By debunking these myths, we can ensure that clients are well informed and satisfied with their gel nail experience. Remember, continuous education and staying updated with the latest in nail technology is the key to success in this industry. If you have any more questions, just send us a DM to @Miss_Dolla_Nails.