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Gel manicures, whether done at home or in the salon, are a popular choice because they last longer than traditional mani-pedis and don’t chip as easily. However, when it comes time to remove them, it can be tough to do so without damaging your nails. But don’t worry — with a few simple steps and the right tools, you can safely remove your gel manicure at home and keep your nails looking healthy and in tip-top shape. 

Why is gel more damaging to your nails?

Gel manicures can be more damaging to your nails than traditional polish because they require filing and buffering before application. This can make the nails thinner and weaker. In addition, gel manicures are cured under UV light, which can cause the nails to dry out and become brittle over time.

The gel removal process can also be harsh on the nails because acetone is often used to remove the polish, drying out and weakening the nails. If you don’t remove the polish properly, the nails can rip off or become damaged. Excessive filing and buffing during removal can also further weaken the nails.

Another factor that can be harmful is leaving gel polish on for too long. Even though it’s more durable than traditional polish, it still needs to be removed and replaced every two to three weeks. 

Step-by-step guide for at-home gel removal

Removing gel polish, especially at home, isn’t easy. But following the steps below should help you get rid of your gel manicure as seamlessly as possible. 

Step 1: Gather your tools  

Grab a nail clipper, nail file, cotton balls, a plastic manicure stick, an acetone-based nail polish remover, and moisturizing hand cream. Why acetone, you may ask? It can dissolve the materials used to make the gel, such as the polymer in the polish, and breaks down the molecules for more effortless removal.

Acetone is also a strong degreaser and helps to remove any oil or dirt on your nails. This allows for a smoother surface for the next application. Pure acetone, however, can be extremely drying, so balancing it out with moisturizing ingredients is necessary.

Step 2: Clip, clip, clip

Once you have your tools, begin clipping your nails as short as possible. This will make removing the gel polish easier and prevent your nails from snagging on anything.

Step 3: File away

Next, use the nail file to file away the top layer of the gel polish gently, which will break up the surface, making it easier to remove the polish.

Step 4: Soak your nails in acetone

Saturate a cotton ball with the acetone-based nail polish remover and place one on top of each nail. Then, wrap your nails in aluminum foil to make sure the cotton ball stays in place. The foil will help trap the heat and create a warm environment to speed up the removal process.

Let your nails soak in the acetone for about 15-20 minutes, then slowly remove the foil and cotton balls. The plastic manicure stick can help push off the remaining polish. If the gel isn’t coming off easily at this point, you can leave your nails wrapped in the foil for a few more minutes.

Step 5: Smooth it out

Once you’ve managed to take off the polish, use a nail file to smooth out any rough edges and shape your nails how you like. You’ll then want to moisturize your nails with a hand cream or cuticle oil to hydrate them and prevent them from becoming dry and brittle.

Proceed with patience 

TL;DR? Removing gel manicures with as little damage as possible requires handling the process gently and with care. You don’t want to spend too much time buffing your nails in step 3, as it can be too aggressive and harsh. It’s also important that you avoid skipping the moisturizing tip, as this can help keep your nails strong, healthy, and hydrated. We also recommend taking breaks between gel manicures to give your nails some time to strengthen and recover.

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Brushing our hair is something we all do, so it’s more of a mechanical activity than anything else, at this point. However, it turns out that brushing your hair is a very important action that can keep your hair free of tangles and make sure your hairstyle looks attractive. Brushing hair also massages the scalp and boosts the blood flow, which can help the hair and scalp stay healthy. Now that you know the importance of brushing, you might be thinking of ways to get even more benefits and prevent any cons like breakage and fallout. So instead of just grabbing the brush and tugging, you can try out these few tips that will keep your hair healthy and beautiful:

The Proper Technique

Let’s start with the basics and go over the proper brushing technique. Experts recommend starting slowly from the tips of your hair and moving toward the scalp—this is a great technique to avoid breakage. This way, when you run into knots, you’ll be able to handle them gradually. Also, if your knots are particularly stubborn, just apply some conditioner and work the knot out slowly. Once all the knots are detangled, start your brush at the top of the scalp and go down to distribute all the scalp oils evenly. Proper brushing is not a complicated process, yet any effort you might exert is worth the results.

If you stress out your skin with chemical treatments, bleaching, scalding water and poor water quality, you will make it fragile. Instead of ripping through it with your brush, follow the above technique to prevent further damage and stress.

Take Small Sections

Have you ever watched Disney’s Aladdin? Well, you probably remember Jasmine brushing her gorgeous heir by using a distinct technique. What Jasmin did right was take a small section of hair in one hand, hold it flat against the palm and run the brush along the palm. This sectioning of the hair prevents breakage but also accidental tugs that can pull the hair from the scalp.

The Right Tools

It’s crucial to use the right tools when pampering your hair. There are many brushes on the market today, none of which are created equal, so be smart when choosing your tool. For one universal tool, opt for top-notch detangling hair brushes which offer great hair care for all types of hair—wet, dry, thin, thick, young, old, straight, wave and curly hair. These brushes provide a pain-free haircare experience which is especially important for kids who don’t like to have their hair touched.

Wet Brushing

If you’re usually brushing your hair when it’s wet, it’s crucial to know that water weakens the hair, causing it to stretch when pulled. When brushing wet hair, you risk breakage that will later result in annoying fly-away strands. To minimize damage, angle the brush upward to lessen the pressure and make the strands less likely to break.

Don’t Overbrush

You might be eager to make your hair as beautiful as you can but it’s possible to overbrush it and damage your locks. The damage to your cuticle (the outer layer of the hair) results in dry and dull hair. The best care is to be moderate and brush just enough to remove knots and spread the oils all over the hair. Forget about those 100 strokes a day!

Frequency Of Brushing

Most hair experts recommend you brush your hair in the morning and in the afternoon. This is the best way to distribute natural oils throughout the hair and provide the best prevention for knots. The frequency of brushing also depends on the hair type. Curly hair should be only brushed a few times a week, mostly after you wash it and apply conditioner. The conditioner will allow the brush to slide easily and prevent damage. If your hair is very long, though, you might need to brush more frequently to avoid knots and tangles.

Don’t Stress About Shedding

It’s completely normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. When you consider that you have about 100,000 follicles, 100 strands is not a lot. Hair falls out naturally and is replaced with new growth, but if you notice a significant loss and not new growth, talk to your doctor.

Use these tips and techniques to take good care of your hair and handle it properly every time you grab a brush. It might take some effort, but it will be worth it!


Author Bio

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics.

In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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Common Causes Of Hair Damage

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Damaged hair is dull and lifeless. It feels brittle and lacks moisture. It also lacks a protective outer layer. Because of this, damaged hair is more prone to breakage, resulting in frizz, flyaways, and more. Breakages ad hair damage can be easily prevented by treating your hair gently with the right hair products. Always check the ingredients and read the Function of Beauty reviews to know if the product is safe.

Overexposure To The Sun

The sun can affect our hair in several ways. Overexposure to the sun can cause hair to deteriorate, and the rays from the sun can break down the protective layer of our hair called the cuticles. This protective layer shields the inner core from the elements, and overexposure can damage it. Excessive exposure to the sun also causes the production of a compound called superoxide. This compound is a byproduct of UV damage. It can also disrupt the growth cycle by forcing hair follicles to skip the growth phase.

Chemical Treatments

Changing your hairstyle often involves undergoing chemical treatments. While the benefits are tempting, the harsh chemicals in these products can cause hair to dry, frizzy, or break. Damage can start a few days after the treatment and last months. Fortunately, there are ways to repair the damage done by chemicals. After the treatment, wash your hair and condition it properly before using any products.

Plastic Bristles

Bad brushing techniques and over-brushing hair are common causes of hair damage. Vigorous brushing can strip the cuticle and break it. Additionally, brushes and combs with sharp points can scratch the scalp, causing irritation and hair damage. Experts recommend brushing hair gently but in the right way. Use a wide-tooth comb for the best results. For dry hair, use a natural-bristle brush.

Stress

The modern world is stressful. Most of us struggle to balance our work, social, and personal lives. Add the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat of unemployment, and financial strains, and it’s no wonder that we’re stressed out. However, managing stress can help us combat hair loss and regrow hair.

Unruly Tangles

A damaged cuticle makes the hair more likely to tangle. Healthy cuticles are flat and pointing downward, and the cuticles of damaged hair are raised. Tangled hair is brittle and difficult to detangle.

Infections Of The Scalp

Infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in several ways, including bacterial infection of hair follicles, an infestation of head lice, and fungal infection, such as ringworm. These conditions can also cause excessive scalp flaking, such as dandruff and psoriasis. Symptoms of these infections include a red scalp and scaly, itchy patches. You may also notice redness and pus-filled sores on the scalp. In children, you may also see swollen glands at the back of the neck, a low-grade fever, and even red patches on the scalp.

Over-Processing

Over-processing is a significant cause of physical hair damage. The harsh chemicals in hair dyes and heat-processing tools can weaken the hair’s fiber. In addition, daily styling can compound the damage, cutting the hair fiber and increasing breakage. Luckily, there are some simple ways to repair hair damage. Follow these steps to avoid the following issues. Listed below are some of the most common over-processing mistakes.

Over-Brushing

It’s easy to over-brush your hair, but it can damage it in more ways than one. Over-brushing your hair can damage strands and the follicles that support your hair. This can hinder healthy hair growth and make your hair appear thinner. It also wears down the bristles.

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