Can You File Gel Nails? The Answer Might Surprise You — PHOTOS
Given their long-lasting abilities and never-ending color options, I'm willing to bet the gel nails craze is going to continue strong into 2016. If you recently got your first pair but are struggling with any chipping or peeling, you might be asking yourself, "Can you file gel nails?" It's a super common question, but you may not love the answer.
Since gel nails adhere directly onto your natural nails, anything you to do the gel will impact your nails underneath. If you're not a trained professional but wanting to file your gel, you run the risk of doing so incorrectly and seriously damaging your natural nails in the process.
Laura Bliss, a professional nail technician and teacher at the London College of Beauty Therapy explained to Pose that you should "try not to file [gels] at home because it may break the seal" and lead to even more chipping or peeling gels. A better idea than trying to file and fix a damaged gel yourself is knowing how to properly care for them in the first place. Since chances are high you could do more harm than good filing yourself, it's better to just schedule an appointment with your nail tech if you run into trouble.
Luckily, there's a plethora of resources for how to take care of gel nails properly, and I've scouted out the best tips!
1. Apply Cuticle Oil
Butter London Holiday Handbag Cuticle Oil, $19, Ulta
Keeping your nail bed healthy is crucial for making gel nails look good as long as possible, and Butter London's cuticle oil is one of my favorite choices for hydration.
2. Use Gel Top Coat
3. Avoid Extra Hot Water
Long baths can be blissful in the winter, but, according to Byrdie, steamy hot water can actually cause your gels to lift off. Yikes.
4. Add Decals
If you have to wait for an appointment to get your gel filed but it's chipping, nail decals will act as a cute band-aid in the meantime.
5. Wear Cleaning Gloves
6. Avoid Hand Sanitizer
7. Push Back Cuticles
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