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Oh the age old question... How long does gel last?
The answer to which most people don't like to hear...

Gel polish & gel sets will last TYPICALLY anywhere from 10-14 days.  
Some people can go longer-we've had customers pull their manicures for 5 weeks!  
While other people are lucky if it lasts 6 days.  

This however depends upon 3 major factors:
1. The product
2. Your activities
3. Your body chemistry 

The product-
Not all gel polishes & gel builders are created equal!  
And not every salon uses the same products or product combinations.  Which is why you should still try the same product at a new salon that you may have had at a previous salon even though it chipped after day 4.  The only way you will truly know if it will work is to try it out.  We as manicurists are only trained to apply the products and remove the products.  We can't guarantee that gel polish will work for you perfectly for the entire 14days that the product's company may have advertised it to last.   Gel polish brands can provide varying results as well (which is why we carry multiple brands in our salon).  We have had people say many times " oh, that gel polish doesn't work on me, this other brand seems to last longer."   This can absolutely happen because each brand is manufactured differently- the bonding components in one brand may play nicer than another on your finger tips.

Your activities-
Are you an avid gardener?  Softball player?  Preschool teacher?  Professional Bon-Bon eater?
Depending upon what you do with your fingers will affect how long your polish or gel (any type) lasts.  Keeping your nails at a shorter length may help keep the product on for longer if you're more active in life.  Using your fingernails like tools to scrape off price tags & tape or pry open containers is not going to help your polish last.  It's going to loosen the bond between nail and product causing it to lift and chip at the free edge.  Some salons offer a stronger solution (we offer the 'sprinkle service') that may help strengthen your polish and get you through life with painted nails for a longer period-of course, even THIS may not work for you and that explanation would then bring us to factor number 3...

Body chemistry-
Everyone HATES the body chemistry factor.  It's blunt- gel simply DOES NOT work for some people.
It makes you sad, yes. But this doesn't mean you can't have it at all!  It just means you're going to need to have manicures more frequently if you want to keep them polished.  Or just stick to having your nails done for special occasions when you need them to be polished.  Body chemistry can also play a role in why only certain brands will seem to last longer than others.  So before you write off gel altogether, try a few different brands.  If it just seems hopeless and you find yourself constantly requesting repairs and sending your manicurist sad photos of your chipped polish after only a few days then it may be time to call it quits. 


R.I. requires all Salons & Beauticians to be licensed!

...and you can check the status of any salon or individual's license for yourself online! 

 As well as file any complaints for improper practices/injuries & infections you may suffer from a visit at a 'not so great salon'.  

The RI Dept. of Health needs your help! 

 They cannot crack down on bad practices unless YOU report it!

It's really quite simple to do, just click on our blue  R.I. Dept. of Health badge and it will bring you straight to their website (  Click on the 'licensing'  tab on the menu bar and from there you can search for an individual to be sure they are licensed as well as search for any particular salon to be sure it is properly licensed.  

Salons MUST be licensed for the services they provide as well

 (this is for the public's safety- the D.O.H inspects the facility to be sure their sanitation practices are up to standards for particular services.  If the salon is not licensed for the proper services, this means they haven't been inspected and that can put the public at risk for infections).  

So be sure that if you're visiting a Salon, they are licensed; here are some general guidelines:

A 'HAIR DESIGN SHOP' may provide the following: 

  • waxing & esthetics (skin care) 
  • barbering (hair services)
  • manicuring (nail services)

A 'MANICURING SHOP' may provide the following:

  • manicuring (nail services)
AN 'ESTHETICS SHOP' may provide the following:

  • waxing & esthetics (skin care)

Scientists Speak Out – 

UV Nail Lamps Are Safe     


From driving a car to holding a cell phone on-the-go, hands get more UV exposure from natural and artificial light than any other part of the body. Despite concerns from news sources questioning the safety of UV lamps, an independent study presents the facts. 

According to CND Chief Scientific Advisor, Doug Schoon, recent reports fail to properly measure UV light rays, overestimate exposure from UV nail lamps and incorrectly attribute skin cancer. Schoon and two other nail industry scientists oversaw an in depth study of leading UV nail lamps on the market. The study measured how much UV-A and UV-B rays UV nail lamps and natural sunlight emit. The results dispel the myth that UV nail lamps put users at an increased risk of developing skin cancer.


To summarize the report:

• UV nail lamps have less UV-B light

(cause of sunburn and skin cancer) output than natural sunlight. The amount of UV-B light in ten minute exposure to nail lamps is "the equivalent to an extra 30 seconds in sunlight each day of the two weeks between nail salon appointments." UV-A exposure is equivalent to spending "an extra 1.5 to 2.7 minutes in sunlight each day between salon visits."

Brief sun exposure = curing manicures and pedicures in UV nail lamp

• UV nail lamps use special bulbs with internal coatings that filter out most of the UV-B light

• A client’s hand can receive more exposure to UV light while driving a car than they would receive from UV gel and Shellac™ services.


Drying nails in a UV nail lamp is safer than glove-free driving

"The cumulative amount of UV exposure from normal daily activities – driving, running errands outdoors, and sitting under fluorescent lighting – is much greater than the minimal exposure from a UV nail lamp. The anxieties of getting skin damage from a manicure are disproportionate to the truth," explains Dr. David Valia, Director of Research and Development for CND and Electron Beam (EB) technologies, keeps CND at the forefront of this science. CND is dedicated to the advancement of safe and efficacious technologies, as illustrated with the recent Shellac innovation that is safe and convenient for women wanting long lasting manicures.


Press Contacts:

Julia Labaton [email protected], Charity Guzofski [email protected], Rachel Cooper [email protected] RED PR

• 110 Greene Street, Suite 706 • New York NY 10012 • (212)431.8873


 Gardening got you looking like 

the living dead??!

Have you been so good, wearing those gardening gloves and that nasty dirt STILL finds its way under your nails becoming next to impossible to extract?

Try out this handy tip:  Run your fingernails across a bar of soap before donning those gardening gloves…it helps out TREMENDOUSLY!

Is gel polish ruining my nails?

Gel polish products do not ruin your nails. 

 The removal process however, can. The damage that is incurred is not USUALLY permanent damage.  It's surface damage that will grow out as new nail plate grows in.  If you were to decide to remove your polish and go 

au-naturals, your nails will seem really bad until a whole new nail plate comes in.  The fingernail regenerates at a rate of 2-3 millimeter per month so you're looking at a 4-6 month wait.  

 Let's talk about gel polish removal... 

The photo to the left is of MY NAILS.  I have been wearing gel polish consistently for 6 years.  This is what normal surface damage looks like.  Notice the ridging in the nails (although this can also come with age), the white spots from trauma (aka-filing & peeling polish off) and the slight separation at the tip where the nail bed meets the free edge (that's from peeling off the polish.)  I never soak my polish off.  One reason-I have extremely sensitive skin that breaks out when I breathe on it the wrong way. 

There are 3 ways to remove gel polish: 

 1. peel it off.

  2. soak it off.

3. file it off.

Method #1.)  Peeling off your gel polish is NOT recommended.  I will confess though, that I too have practiced this method on myself; you're not doing any permanent damage (as long as your whole nail plate doesn't come off with your polish-honestly, if it hurts trying to peel the polish off…STOP.)  Peeling polish off will take AT LEAST the first layer of your nail off with it.  Continuing this practice every 2-3 weeks WILL thin out your nail plate extremely quickly, causing the gel polish to no longer adhere properly.  Gel polish adheres best to a healthier nail.

Method #2.) First, I will say that soaking must be started with FILING.  If the top coat is not penetrated, you could soak those fingertips for hours and all it will do is dull your polish.  Soaking is a controversial method.  There are some products out there that are supposedly 'acetone free' which you can use to remove the gel polish and I have attempted to use a few…they take a really long time to work, like 45 minutes LONG.  And even then you still have scraping and filing to do to remove what did not come off easily.  This is fine if you have time to kill at home but personally, I can't be spending 2hours on a gel manicure and my clients-as much as they love me-don't want to sit in my chair for 2 hours getting their nails done.  

I have found that PURE ACETONE works best for soaking off gel…but then STILL there is scraping and filing of the tiny bits that did not soak off and personally, it makes my eczema spike into high gear.  There are not any supporting studies that I have found to say that acetone is carcinogenic or even to say that it's really all that terrible for your body as a customer using it every few weeks;  other than it's quickly absorbed into the human body through ingestion, inhalation and dermal exposure…so don't eat it, snuff it or soak your skin in it!  The inhalation absorption rate is in the 70%-80% range which can cause short term effects of eye & respiratory irritation, mood swings,and nausea.  It's more detrimental to your nail technician though, due to the constant exposure to acetone all day long…I'd rather not be the coughing, bi-polar, barfing nail tech. Thanks.

Method #3.) Filing off the gel polish should only be performed by a nail technician you TRUST and can communicate with-just sayin'-.  Over filing can lead to serious damage of your nail plate while intense over filing can damage your nail bed (the nail bed is the flesh under your nail which your nail plate grows on), which is PERMANENT damage.  As long as your polish is properly removed you will not have 'rings of fire' (I see these all too often, it's that red ring, like a c-shape, on your nail…yea, that's not good.  It means your nail tech. came EXTREMELY close to filing into your nail bed) your nails will be slightly damaged on the surface if filing is done properly but this damage will grow out as new nail plate comes in.  Filing off the polish is much faster, the whole process takes approx. 15 minutes.  I prefer filing due to it's ease and being a chemical-free process.  It's a dusty process though, I don't like that part.  I wear a mask while removing polish to save my own lungs and always have extra, so if you want one JUST ASK!

So to summarize, gel polish is good.  The removal can get hairy.  I tell my customers straight out that if they want a healthier nail to NOT use gel polish, go with a natural manicure and use a really great polish like CND Vinylux-stuff stays on for a week!  But if they just want their nails to look good and polished then do the gel polish!  You just have to choose your evil for removal; none of them are that great for your nail.  I prefer filing off the gel polish however there are technicians within Perfectly Nailed whom you can schedule with that will gladly wrap up your fingertips and soak off your polish if you prefer that method.

-Article by: Jessica Paquet, RI licensed manicurist.

How long will it take for my nail polish to dry
and do those nail polish drying machines really work??!

Technically, nail polish takes a full 24 hours to dry completely through.  So think about what you do for those 24 hours, because your every move is weakening that polish bond…definitely plan to do 'light work'-I'd say do NO WORK, but c'mon let's be realistic; it 'aint gonna happen!- on the day you have polish applied for maximum wear power!

As for those dryers
They don't work! If you understand enamel in particular, you will know that oxygen actually inhibits the drying process!  The safest way to help is to remain immobilized for 10-15 minutes while that top coat dries.

Couple of quick tips for getting that top coat to set faster: 
-Oil will cut the oxygen off the surface and help polish to dry, Solar Speed oil nail spray is good use for this.
-Cold water will freeze dry that top coat, immerse your fingertips in frigid waters for 2-3 minutes (don't use RUNNING WATER; come on man! You've got fresh polish on, this will only push it off and down the drain.)

-Article by: Jessica Paquet, RI licensed manicurist