Gel manicures are the lazy girl’s favourites — they last two weeks, look great, and keep your nails growing strong. But when a tiny chip happens and you’re so frazzled you peel polish off every nail, serious damage is done. The nail surface not only become dry, thin, and sometimes there will be layered.
Can nail art really get nails become thinner?
The answer is: YES!
Researchers have calculated the thickness of nails before and after nail manicures with the microscope. They found that the average thickness of nails is 0.59mm before manicures and the after one is 0.30mm which is almost half. People not only felt the nails is thinner and more fragile than before, but also felt the nail tips will be layered fracture.
The results are so shocking, do we really need the nail art?
Don’t be panic! Let’s talk about nail art first!
Here are the steps to apply a gel manicure:
1. Rubbing the nail surface and shape it. The purpose of this step is to remove the nail surface oil which can make is rough to get the polish better adhere to the nail.
2. Applying the base layer, colour layers and top layer.
3. Curing each layer under a UV lamp for a while.
Due to the top layer cannot be removed directly, you first need to file off the top layer of the gel. This will take away the shine. Only once the shine is removed can you move forward in removing the gel. Then you need to cover cotton ball in 100% acetone and use a cuticle stick to push the gel off your nail after a while.
Obviously, there will be damage during a full process of nail manicure including applying and removing. While it’s not clear exactly what causes the thinning, the researchers believe it may be related to the composition of nail polish, the removal of nail polish preparations, and the wear on the nail surface when a file scrapes the nail.
After explaining such many disadvantages, you must have a question, can I apply nail art at all?
Of course, you can!
The growth of nails is always like this: there is a group of cells around the bottle of nails, which are called as the nail matrix. This is the growth area of the body of nail. The cells divide actively, and the new cells keratinize and move toward the nail body, while pushing the old nail toward the fingertips. When the old nail beyond the tip of the finger is slowly trimmed away, only the new normal thickness of the nail is covered.
But sometimes, excessive nail art can cause infections such as paronychia, as well as thinning the nail. After all, our nails have important physiological functions: they protect the distal phalanx and surrounding soft tissue, and increase the sensitivity of the fingers and fingertips to touch. So it’s important to protect your nails.
1. Make sure the manicurists wash their hands and disinfect the tools they will use during the process before performing the manicure.
2. Tell manicurists not to over-carve and polish.
3. Don’t clean the nail epithelium. When the nail is done, the manicurist cleans the nail epithelium around the nail. Nail epithelium protects nail root from bacteria. If the nail epithelium is cleaned completely, the bacteria may enter the body and cause infections.
4. If there is a need of removing nails, please use the professional products. Don’t scrape your nails with your hands or sharp tools
5. Choose a disposable nail remover. Some small nail parlours use tin foil to wrap cotton impregnated with acetone to save money when disemboweling, which can lead to cross-infection when used repeatedly between different people.
6. If you’re a heavy nail lover, remove your nails every two or three months to give them time to grow and repair naturally.
7. Please stop the nail art if an infection is suspected, or if the nail has a problem. There is no evidence that nail art can actually strengthen our nails, so it is not advisable to use nail art to strengthen our thin and brittle nails, and we should seek the help of a dermatologist.
Overall, nail art brings both positive and negative impacts on the nail. But beauty does not mean a way of the crime. When you dress yourself, consider carefully your body’s capacity for endurance.