How long should I leave my gel nails on? Or better yet, do my natural nails need to breathe?
Truthfully, it all comes down to preference.
How Long Should I Leave My Gel Nails On:
This is s great question. And one I get quite a lot from newbie nail clients.
The reality is, if you are getting regular fills. Meaning, going to your nail tech every 2-4 weeks to get them freshened up, then there is really no time stamp here. One of my mentors had her nails on for 20 years when I met her. Never taken them off a day in her life. I have had mine on for 11 years without taking a break. And this hasn’t effected my nail health what so ever.
Why is proper maintenance so important when it comes to gel nails? Over the following weeks your nails will continue to grow, bend, flex and move. This movement and growth can cause minor lifting to the gel. If not properly taken care of, this would lead to accidents. Such as, ripping or tearing one off. Or if you were to get water in between the layers, this could cause water damage. Water damage shows up as bright green bacteria on the nail plate. Not as scary as it sounds. Within one treatment you will be right as rain. But, if left neglected or untreated you could have a nasty little infection on your hands. (Quite Literally) Safety First!!
Some will tell you that they have had gel nails on before and it “totally ruined” their nails. I will generally ask “how was the gel removed”. Because, if you have left your nails past the 4-week mark without a fill, chances are they are going to start to drive you nuts at this stage and picking them off is going to be real tempting.
Beware!!! Every time you pick or peel that polish off you are taking at least a layer of nail plate with it. This done even one time can make a nail weaker, but done consistently, will definitely weaken the nails and cause some damage.
So please, if you are going to commit to gel nails, commit. It is a good investment, if taken care of properly. But, if you are doing them just for a holiday or special occasion I strongly recommend having them removed professionally.
Do My Natural Nails Need To Breathe:
The answer is NO! Just like our hair, all the nutrients and oxygen they need, come from our bloodstream. Not the air.
If you want to take a break for personal or financial reasons, by all means. But if you have been told by your nail tech this could be a money grab. It does cost more money to start over with a fresh set. So I have seen in the past, some nail places pushing the “take a break, your nails need to breathe” method.
If they are being done properly in the first place, this should never even be an issue!
If your nails just aren’t lasting and always “popping” off before the 2-week mark. It is possible that you are not a good candidate for gel nails, or you may need to look for a new nail tech.
Feel free to ask me any questions below regarding your nail health. I am always here to help out any way that I can.
Do you love your gel nails? Are they loving you back? If the answer is yes, then there is no reason to fret any length of time that you are wearing them for.
Regular appointments for maintenance, just like anything, keeps things fresher and stronger longer.
I hope you found some value out of this article today. And remember, I am only a couple key board clicks away if you ever have any question or concerns.
Love you guys!
Cheyanne – The Nail Lamp Tramp