about three to six months
How do you heal your nails after gel?
- Moisturize your nails. Moisture will help your nails recover after a gel manicure, which strips them of a lot of their natural moisture.
- Soak your nails once a week. Once a week, soak your nails in warm milk.
- Buff your nails.
- Use keratin gloves.
Should you give your nails a break from gel?
Gel polish should come off easily after soaking — at most, your manicurist should use the gentle prodding of an orange-wood stick. Both doctors recommend taking gel mani-moons, or weeklong breaks from the treatments, at least once every eight weeks.
Does removing gel polish damage nails?
“Acetone removes oils from the nail, but it doesn’t actually damage the nail bed,” she explains. “That happens when the nail bed endures trauma from peeling and pushing the polish off,” which can leave you with brittle, broken nails. For more on gel manicures: The Gel Manicure Lowdown: UV vs. LED.