Weakened Nails After Gel Removal

Sometimes a new gel client will be surprised to see damage to her natural nails after a few weeks of wearing gels. There’s no guarantee that all gel applications and removals will be done precisely to manufacturer standards, so in the event of soaking off a set of gels and looking at weakened and thinned nail plates, what is a tech to do?

CND educator Holly Schippers gives direction on how to address a client with weak nails:

White spots on the nail after removal of a gel polish are typically due to a slight dehydration of the nails. Here are a few tips to get your client’s nails back to health.

Clients should be using a cuticle oil several times a day. This will help moisturize their natural nails and keep their natural flexibility.

Apply the gel base coat in a thin layer. The thicker you use it, the longer it will take to remove.

Remember that improper removal and/or scraping may cause damage to the top layer of the natural nail, thus making the nails more prone to dehydration.

One way to get clients to be more diligent about using cuticle oil is a little question and answer session that includes some education. Ask them:

> What is your hair made of?

>  What are your nails made of? (This is a great education opportunity if they don’t know — it’s keratin.)

>  How often do you wash your hair without conditioning it?

> How many times a day do you wash your hands?

> And how many times a day do you apply your cuticle oil?

This helps them understand why their nails are so dry. If they step up their cuticle oil application to at least two to three times a day, and massage it into the cuticle, they’ll really start to notice a change.   

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