There’s nothing more frustrating than spending an arm and a leg on a gel manicure only to find that it chips after a few short days. Gel manicures, if executed, correctly are meant to last as long as four weeks. However, miss even one step, and your manicure is doomed for an early death. If your gel manicure seems to be chipping prematurely, here are some of the reasons it might be happening.

Unprepped Cuticles

It’s crucial that your cuticles are pushed back and prepped before applying any sort of product to the nail bed. If there is any skin or cuticle between the nail and the product itself, the product will not adhere as effectively. While pushing back the cuticle and scraping lightly can be effective, the best way to ensure that all of the cuticle has been properly removed is to perform a Russian manicure.  You may be asking yourself what is a Russian manicure

To put it in simple terms, a Russian manicure is a dry manicure that involves an electric file and the appropriate drill bits.   Using a flame-shaped nail bit, a professional nail technician will gently make its way around the edge of your cuticle, ensuring maximum removal of all excess skin. 

Following this procedure, they will trim back any remaining cuticle pieces, and then apply gel polish. Proper cuticle removal prior to nail polish application doesn’t just last longer, but it looks much cleaner.

Excess Dust

Before applying gel polish the nails are buffed and filed down. By mattifying the nail, you ensure that the gel will stick to your nail without sliding off. However, before applying the gel, you need to make sure that all of the dust created during this step in the process is removed. 

If any dust remains between the nail and the product itself, it’s going to create air bubbles and ultimately leads to peeling.

Overly Thick Coats of Polish

Some people make the mistake of applying extremely thick coats of gel polish assuming that this equates to a stronger application. However, the key to a long-lasting gel manicure is several thin coats laid on top of each other.  If you apply one single thick coat in an effort to save time, unfortunately, you will have gel underneath which was uncured. Uncured gel means an unstable foundation, and ultimately a gel manicure that won’t last longer than a few days.

Uncapped Free Edges

When applying the base and gel, it’s important that the nail tech caps off the free edges. In other words, they must seal off the tip of the nail by gently gliding the brush along the free edge. This will prevent peeling and protect the nail when using your hands under harsh conditions.  

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Nicolas Desjardins

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