Likely it has been a few weeks now since you last saw your nail tech or most of your clients. I have been offering advice, linking articles and leaving nail files out for clients to help with the painstaking process of removing gel nails. Once they are finally removed, or mostly, there a few things you can do to take care of your nails until you can see your nail tech again.
Keep ’em Short:
Once the artificial nail or overlay is removed, you may be left with a rather long nail. Or longer than what you are used to. This will be very temporary. I often tell my clients, if you weren’t able to grow long nails before your gel enhancement, you won’t be able to after. Its just facts.
Soon that long fragile nail will start to bend and flex. This can be very uncomfortable and often painful. Please take my advice and skip this painful process and just clip them short. Or “sporty length” as I like to call it.
Now, if you were able to grow long strong nails before gel, likely you will still have the same luck. Sometimes the nails will feel a little weak after the gel is removed. Almost like if you have ever had a cast removed. Everything feels a little weird at first once it is exposed to oxygen again. But quickly things should go back to normal.
Ultimately keeping them short is best, to avoid tearing or any other damage.
Lube ’em Up:
Especially with all the extra hand washing and sanitizing we are doing. It is crucial to be using cuticle oil and moisturizer right now.
Don’t have “cuticle oil”? Honestly any oil will do. Coconut or Almond oils are my personal fave when all else fails. I make my own cuticle oil to use on my clients that is a mix of grapeseed oil and essential oils. (If you have any questions on this please ask)
But even if all you have is olive oil, this will work wonders!
I recommend after the enhancement comes off, to use your oil at least three times a day for the first few days. You will notice it immediately helps the nails to feel refreshed and happier! After this, once a day should do the trick until you can get back in to see your nail tech.
Don’t Pick, Bite or Peel:
Yep, we are in a stressful time. And I know a lot of you are nervous nail biters or pickers. Usually the gel enhancement has stopped you from doing this. Once the nail comes off it may feel like fair game to chew away.
Try not to.
I know it is hard and oh so temping. But we both know you are going to regret it once they start to hurt or bleed. You’ve come a long way and one day it will be business as usual. Try not to take it out on your nails or cuticles.
Polishing your nails the old-fashioned way could help with this. It can act as a little placebo effect. Tricking your brain into thinking there is gel polish on there. Also, helps you to feel a little more put together in the process.
If your are experiencing hang nails, use clippers to take down the snagged area. Do not bite or peel this off. It is just a painful little infection waiting to happen!
It is tough to watch all of your nails and hard work disintegrate right before our very eyes. But it is not permanent and I think that is what we need to focus on.
Our businesses will re-open and our luxuries will be accessible again.
Stay strong ladies and try to take care of those nails until you can see your nail tech again. You will thank me for it! If you ever have any questions at all, please leave a comment below, slide into my DM’s or find me on Facebook. I am always here to help. I care about you, your business and your nail health.
We are all in this together.
Love you xoxo
Cheyanne – The Nail Lamp Tramp
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