Frequently Asked Questions About Gel Nails: Your Ultimate Guide to Answering Client Questions

Gel nails are a great treatment for clients who want a long-lasting manicure. As with any popular beauty trend, there are always questions and concerns that arise. At Miss Dolla, we believe in empowering our clients with knowledge and high-quality products. In this guide, we address the most frequently asked questions by clients about gel manicures, ensuring you have all the information you need to advise your customers about their queries and concerns.

  1. What are gel nails?

Starting with the basics, gel nails refer to a manicure method where a gel-based polish is applied to the nails and then cured under a UV or LED light. This curing process hardens the gel, giving it a glossy finish and durability that can last up to four weeks.

Gel nails with nail art
  1. How do gel nails differ from regular nail polish?

Unlike regular nail polish, which dries naturally, gel nail polish requires curing under a UV or LED lamp. This ensures a longer-lasting manicure that's resistant to chipping. Plus, gel nails offer a shinier finish compared to their traditional counterparts.

  1. Are gel manicures safe?

Yes, when done correctly. It's essential to choose reputable salons that use high-quality gel products and maintain strict hygiene standards. If your clients are concerned about UV exposure, you advise them to apply sunscreen on their hands before the manicure to protect their skin from UV light during the curing process.

UV nail lamp with the best uk gel nail polish
  1. How long do gel nails last?

With proper aftercare, gel nails can last up to four weeks without chipping or peeling. However, longevity also depends on individual nail growth. As your client’s nails grow, they may notice a gap between the gel polish and the nail base, and once the growth reaches a certain point, there will be too much weight on the end of the nail, which can be unsafe and cause nail damage.

  1. Can I remove gel nails at home?

While it's possible to remove gel nails at home, we recommend clients to visit a professional salon to ensure safe and effective removal. Incorrect removal can cause significant damage to the natural nail, cuticles and surrounding skin.

Nail Technician with gel nails
  1. Do gel nails damage your natural nails?

Not inherently. Damage usually occurs from incorrect application or removal processes. During a consultation, always ensure your clients are getting their manicure from trained professionals to avoid peeling off the gel polish, as poor application can strip away layers of your natural nail, especially during the filing and buffing process.

  1. Can I paint over gel nails with regular nail polish?

Whilst it is possible to paint over the gel polish with standard nail polish, it’s unlikely that it will look great! With the formulation being completely different, it may sit poorly and will, of course, not look as glossy and finished. It’s best to be patient and wait for an infill! Alternatively, a client can be advised to come in for an early removal for a new style or color change.

Green nail polish for gel nails and gel nail art
  1. How often should I take a break from gel manicures?

Whilst it isn’t crucial to take breaks as long as clients are following the correct care, if they notice their gel nails aren’t lasting or they have nail damage, they should consider taking a break. A couple of weeks of completely natural nails will allow the natural nails to strengthen and recover.

  1. Are there any aftercare tips for gel nails?

Definitely! To prolong the life of a gel manicure:

  • Avoid using the nails as tools, such as picking up items.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning or gardening.
  • Moisturize hands and cuticles regularly.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to water, like long baths.
Abstract nail art on gel nails with BIAB nails

Gel nails are a fantastic option for those seeking a durable and glossy manicure. With the right care and knowledge, your clients can enjoy beautiful nails that stand the test of time. For any further queries, just message us at @miss_dolla_nails, and don’t forget to tag us in your nail pics!