Gel manicures are a popular choice for long-lasting and chip-free nail color. However, sometimes accidents happen and your gel manicure may get damaged or start to peel. Instead of rushing to the salon for a costly fix, you can easily repair your gel manicure at home. Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to fix a gel manicure:
The first step in fixing a gel manicure is to gather all the necessary supplies. You will need:
- Acetone or gel polish remover
- Cotton balls or pads
- Orange stick or cuticle pusher
- Nail file
- Buffer block
- Base coat
- Gel polish in the same color as your manicure
- Top coat
- UV or LED lamp
The first step in fixing a gel manicure is to remove the damaged gel polish. Soak a cotton ball or pad in acetone or gel polish remover and place it on the damaged area. Wrap the cotton ball or pad with aluminum foil to secure it in place. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes to allow the gel polish to loosen.
After the soaking time, gently remove the aluminum foil and cotton ball or pad. Use an orange stick or cuticle pusher to gently scrape off the loosened gel polish. Be careful not to apply too much pressure to avoid damaging your natural nails.
Once all the gel polish has been removed, it's time to shape and buff your nails. Use a nail file to shape your nails to your desired length and shape. Be gentle and avoid filing too aggressively, as this can weaken your nails.
After shaping, use a buffer block to gently buff the surface of your nails. This will help smooth out any roughness and create a smooth base for the new gel polish.
Before applying the new gel polish, it's important to apply a base coat. This will help the gel polish adhere better and prevent staining of your natural nails. Apply a thin layer of base coat to each nail and cure it under the UV or LED lamp according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Once the base coat is cured, apply a thin layer of gel polish in the same color as your previous manicure. Make sure to apply the gel polish evenly and avoid getting it on your cuticles or skin. Cure each layer of gel polish under the UV or LED lamp.
After applying the gel polish, finish off your manicure with a top coat. The top coat will add shine and protection to your nails. Apply a thin layer of top coat to each nail and cure it under the UV or LED lamp.
Once the top coat is cured, use a cotton ball or pad soaked in alcohol to remove any sticky residue left on your nails. This will give your nails a smooth and glossy finish.
To prolong the life of your gel manicure and prevent further damage, it's important to take proper care of your nails. Avoid using your nails as tools and always wear gloves when doing household chores. Apply cuticle oil regularly to keep your nails and cuticles moisturized.
If you notice any further damage or peeling, you can follow the same steps to fix your gel manicure. However, if the damage is extensive or you're unsure about fixing it yourself, it's best to consult a professional nail technician.
By following these steps and taking proper care of your gel manicure, you can easily fix any damage and enjoy beautiful, long-lasting nails.