Hi. My name is Bonni. I am a recovered gel nail addict. After several years of falling into this beauty trap, my nails sent me a message. They want to breath
Pick a color. Now sit and let me tell you what is happening when you go for your next manicure.
You may be asking, “Do the powder gel nail procedures vary from traditional polish manicures?” Let’s review. For both the old and new methods, you begin by soaking your hands in a small dish of tepid, soapy water. The manicurist uses clippers to nip those bothersome hangnails and over-grown cuticles. You are now ready to say goodbye to your real fingernails. Several coatings of your selected color of lacquer are applied and then sealed by a curing method under ultraviolet light. (Yes, you are “curing” your nails.)
After returning to back to life after the two-hour-plus manicure, you may hear the frequently asked female-to-female question: “Are those your real nails?” (And BTW, would you ever ask a guy about his nails?) But when you take a quick look, you have to admit, your hands look gorgeous.
The durability of the gel nail procedures is remarkable. You will find that you can scrape the crud from the bottom of dirty pots, or even knock your nails when you reach for the car door too fast. Put your piggies through anything and your beautiful gel nails remain intact.
Push forward two weeks, and the crash begins. The gel starts chipping like broken china. The under-nail has now grown and an unnatural ledge appears between the gel polish and your real nail.
At this point — and against all warnings — you try to pick off the polish yourself. This is about the worse thing you can do because this also peels off layers of your fingernail. The result is not only painful, but your nails will be paper-thin. It’s time to go back to the nail salon and see a trained professional.
Once back, it’s like you never left. You stare at the posters as your fingers soak in acid, which melts the polish so that this high-polymer treatment can be scraped, sanded, and buffed.
You may, at this point, long for the past. A good, old manicure. When you tell the manicurist that you are considering this option, she will most likely admonish, “Why? Gel lasts three weeks more!”
Cotton balls are then placed in high-octane nail polish remover. then placed on top of your nails. This is followed by wrapping the tips of your fingers in aluminum foil. Just like little potatoes at a clambake.
Minutes later, the aluminum foil is unwrapped and the old gel nails will look like peeling skin or wilted petunia petals. The Eggplant Violet color that looked so screamingly chic three weeks earlier now looks soft and wimpy.
Next comes the Dremel, which is, literally, a carpenter’s tool for sanding. As your nail technician drags the Dremel over the surface of your nail bed to smooth it out, you will begin to see powder particles floating in the air. Those powder particles are your fingernails. At that point, you will understand why manicurists wear face masks.
You’re nervous. You ask in a tone that’s hardly audible over the Dremel. “Can I just have a clear polish?”
Your manicurist smirks. You become paranoid. But she does as told. Clear nail polish it is. And congratulations! You are now unburdened by the shackles of gel nail addiction.
Behold your nails au natural! Get a load of the healthy-looking half-moons! Sure, your hands are less dramatic and polymer-glossy, but your obsession is in abeyance. You no longer have to put up with the annoying question, “Are those your real nails?”
It is now obvious to the world. Stand back and say with pride, “Yes! These are my real nails.”