You have been wearing acrylic or gel nails for years, and feel you might like to have a break from the time spent in the salon. So you are going to remove your product and buy some nail polish...how hard can it be, right? WRONG! Please let me give you some information before the final decision is made.
Removing nails is a process over time. In order to keep nails healthy and at their best, any product on your nails should not be pulled off! Finger nails are like onions, with many layers bonded together. Even picking off polish can fray the edge and pull a layer of your nail away. I suggest consulting with your nail designer to make a plan.
Typically, I prefer to file the product very thin, shorten the nails, and polish. As the product grows it, it will reveal your nail underneath, which will need to be maintained regularly. Daily maintenance of cuticle oil and a layer of a strengthener is a must at this point! Within ten days of the initial removal, I suggest a natural nail manicure with an IBX strengthening treatment, and again 2 weeks after that.
Now, are you dedicated to your new look? In order to keep the hands of a nail model, the daily maintenance of cuticle oil is required, just like with an enhancement. Additionally, wearing gloves for every cleaning and dish washing is a must! Plus, a good salon manicure that maintains your cuticles and can address changes in the nails is recommended monthly if you are doing well at home, or bi-weekly if they still need more attention.
If you have been wearing nails for a while, it will take 2-3 months for a full recovery. The hardest point to accept for some clients is that whatever your genetics determines for your nail condition, only so much can be changed with this routine. Many will return to a full set before the two month mark is up. A few give up altogether and remain in a constant state of nail frustration. As a professional nail designer, I am here to consult with you at anytime regarding your nails and how to best maintain them for your lifestyle and budget. I welcome any questions you may have regarding products, enhancements, and nail care.