Ask Belle: Rehabbing Dry, Brittle Nails
Mar 15, 2016
I got my first gel manicure and I loved it! Unfortunately, the nail tech who removed my gel manicure *wrecked* my nails.
As counter-intuitive as it sounds, I’m considering having a new gel manicure done, since it will allow my nails 3 – 4 weeks to grow out. Assuming I can find someone to take it off more delicately (or just do it myself), do you think this is a good plan for nail recovery? Other suggestions?
Do not, I repeat, do not get another gel manicure. Your nails are not going to be strong enough, and there is no gentler way to remove a gel manicure. Soaking weak, brittle nails in acetone and then peeling them off is a no good, very bad idea. And coating them in polish can actually prevent healing.
To rehab shredded nails, you need to keep them trimmed short to protect them from breakage. It will take weeks to get them back to their pre-wrecked shape, but your patience will be rewarded.
Second, take extreme measures. Buy a pair of moisturizing gloves and sleep in them. For a less-expensive option, try Earth Therapeutics. The gloves use the heat from your hands to intensify your lotion’s hydrating effects.
If the gloves will interfere with your nocturnal activities (name the movie!), Ciate makes a paint on Overnight Nail Mask that rehabs nails.
Fourth, heal from the inside out. Prenatal vitamins or a multi-vitamin with extra biotin for hair and nail growth will help your nails bounce back faster.