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UV Color Nail Polish is shaping up to be the next big trend in nails. Who wouldn't want a manicure that stays flawless for weeks? That's right, this process gives you a perfectly painted mani that doesn't come off until you're ready to take it off. Sounds like a dream, but is it safe for your nails?
It Depends on Who You Ask
Gel manicures bond to your natural nail, kind of like acrylics do, except they use a soft gel that's supposed to be much easier on your nails. Anyone who's gotten acrylic nails will tell you that they can definitely damage your nails. UV gel claims to be completely fine for your nails, leaving them perfectly healthy after it's removed. But, there are some things you should look out for.
Removing Your Gel
To remove gel nails, you have to go through a bit more than you would to get rid of regular polish. Your nails are soaked in an acetone and then the gel is filed off. As long as the file doesn't touch your actual nail you should be fine, but if it does get to the actual nail, there is a chance for damage.
If you decide to take your gel polish off yourself, you're running more of a risk of damaging your nails. Although you may not want to spend the extra cash, it's best to let a professional remove your gel if you're not totally comfortable doing it yourself. That way you don't have to worry about messing up your nails.
Thing to Look For
Even professionals can make mistakes. So if you're a little worried or have already brittle nails, UV gel may not be for you. If you decide to try the process out, make sure you keep an eye on your manicurist as he/she removes your gel. And, if afterward, your nails feel more brittle, opt for a regular polish next time.