Have you ever had your nails done at a salon before? Well duh, it’s like the best thing ever, amiright? Have you ever had someone tell you you should give them a break to “breathe” because you’ve had too many applications done? I get a lot of questions about this and I’m here to help you understand this confusing topic.
The truth is, our nails actually don’t need to breathe, at all! Why you ask? Because oxygen and nutrients are delivered from our bloodstream, as opposed to the air. If you’ve been having your nails done for years and your natural nails still look and feel amazing, then carry on girl! Sounds like you found yourself a great nail tech and keep doing ya thang!
However, a break may be necessary if you’re starting to notice a softer feeling nail plate. This may be caused by (but not limited to) improper prep and application of your service. Also keep it mind there are several factors that can cause our nails to feel weak. Such as aging, hormones, medication, stress, and occupations with overexposure to water or sanitizers (just to name a few). These factors can affect our nails with or without any enhancements on.
If you feel like your nails aren’t as strong as they once were, I would recommend taking a break from your regular nail service until your normal strength is restored. Our finger nails can take up to 4-6 months to grow out and during this time it would be a good idea to apply a strengthener (like Nail Envy linked below) to help the grow out process.
Products containing Vitamin E will deliver antioxidants and protect the existing keratin to ensure a speedy recovery. Try adding a nourishing cuticle oil in addition to strengthener. Remember: a hydrated nail is always better than a dehydrated one! I linked a few great oils to try below.
Regardless of the type of service you’re receiving (gel-polish, acrylic, gel or regular polish) no harm should be introduced to a healthy nail. I’ve personally been doing my nails with gel-polish for 7 years and they are in the same condition they have always been; medium strength. Works for me!
Speaking as a nail tech, proper removal and application is always be a top priority of mine. I always treat my clients nails as my own and I take all steps to ensure their natural nails are not compromised. If any of my real life clients are reading this, I’m sure they can back me on this one!
P.S If you’re wondering what the hell I used on my nails to make them look holographic, click here!