I don't find it to be any more damaging than normal nail polish. Remember, you're only applying/removing every 10-14 days. If you remove it correctly, it is very drying, but won't make your nails splinter or break. I've found that because it creates a hard surface, your nails won't break as much.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
Yes its a little damaging. Its not as bad as the old school fake nails were, now that was SUPER damaging. This is not that bad. I would say weigh out the pros and cons. For me personally, if my nails arent painted, I feel like Im not done up. but I dont have time to repaint my nails every 2 days when they chip, so for me gel is worth it. Is it worth it for you? I dont know, you decide. But yes, it will lightly damage your nails. But might be worth it for two weeks of beautiful manicure
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
(new york, new york)
Full disclosure, I have pretty thick nails so take this with a grain of salt. I have been doing gel manicures both in the salon and at home for a while now, and I have found that the removal process (either at home or in the salon) is a bit harsh. Generally my nails are a bit more brittle than usual and weirdly sensitive to heat for a day or two after I take them off, but they generally get back to normal after that as long as I use a cuticle oil and moisturize. When I first started doing the gel I would do manicures back to back, reapplying right after I took it off, and after three cycles of that they did get pretty dry. Now I give at least 5 days (so maybe a full week for you?) between each one and I haven't had any problems whatsoever. BUT on the bright side the gel is so strong that your nails WILL NOT break at all while it's on so its really easy to grow them out! It works so well for this that now whenever I partially break a nail I will do a gel coat on top to seal the break back until it grows out.