Trend Report: Gel Nails

Every part of the beauty industry continues to evolve, including nails. Although gel nails have been popular due to their durability (up to 2 weeks), their popularity continues to grow as they are now available not only as expensive nail salon treatments, but in the convenience of your own home.

My gel manicure was done by Anisa at Ms Glitter Nail Lounge. The price was $30 and included cutting, shaping, buffing and a 5-star massage (so nice)! What I loved most about Anisa's work was that she takes her time and above all only uses sanitized tools and equipment. 

Most people know that a gel manicure does not use acrylic, which can damage your natural nails. I still can't help but wonder if gel polish and UV light exposure can cause damage to your nails or cuticles in any way?

While research shows there is no evidence proving long term damage from getting a gel manicure, it has shown damage done to your natural nails by removing gel polish. Researchers say soaking your gel nails in acetone and then scraping the remaining gel polish off can leave nails thin, frail and brittle. 

Another downside to getting regular gel manicures, you need to go to the salon to have the polish changed or removed. While you can buy over the counter gel polish remover, it takes too long and too much work to get the gel polish off at home.

If you're the type of person to change your nail color with your outfit, gel nails may not be for you. I personally like to get my nails done regularly, every 2-3 weeks, then it's done and one less thing for me to worry about. At the end of the day, you can't beat the conveinance of a non-chipping, long lasting gel manicure.

So after all this, will it stop me from get my monthly gel manis? Absolutely not! The shine and durability of a gel manicure has me hooked. In my opinion, the hard gel polish actually prevents my nails from breaking so easily, allowing me to let them grow longer. 

As the gel nail trend continues to evolve and grow, I'm sure more organic and other alternate gel options will become available. Until then I'll be making my next appointment with Anisa. 

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Ashley & Candase