Aftercare for CND Shellac, INK London, Calgel Nails
We know that you will absolutely love your nails and we expect your nails to last perfectly for at least 14 days – as long as you follow your homecare and give them a little care and attention. We say that gel nails is pretty indestructible with normal wear and tear but it is important that you have to follow this aftercare and give them a little love and attention
Use INK Cuticle Oil at least twice a day (and especially before bed) to replace lost moisture to the skin and nails. Make sure you run it all around your cuticle and onto the nails itself even if you have natural nails, polish, acrylics or gel polish. Regularly using Your oil and hand creams will substantially prolong the life of your gel polish and keep your natural nails and the skin surrounding them healthy, moisturised and supple. Ink cuticle oil is available from the salon and retail at £5.
Moisturise your hands with a lanolin-free hand cream every time you wash your hands. Lanolin will cause lifting and peeling of your gel manicure.
Do not use your nails as a tool to pick (sellotape and/or stickers – invest in a tape dispenser) or prise things open (ring-pulls, for example) as this will put unnecessary pressure on the nails. Treat your nails with respect and all you should see is the growth in your natural nail.
Always use gloves when washing up, cleaning, using harsh chemical products or gardening – your gel will help protect your natural nails, but it is not indestructible. Doing these things without protection can cause chipping and reduce its longevity. NEVER use a cheese grater…this is one of the biggest enemy for gel wearers. If your family want grated cheese let them know where the grater is kept! 😂
Gel polish may become discoloured by products such as fake tan, hair dye, turmeric and curry sauce. Please try to avoid getting these on your nails and wash your hands thoroughly after use.
Some sun tan oils and insect repellents contain DEET which will cause major damage to gel polish. (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, abbreviated DEET is a slightly yellow oil which is a common active ingredient in insect repellents). To minimise this effect wash your hands and nails immediately after applying sun tan oils or insect repellents.
If you are going on holiday, please remember to wash and dry your hands thoroughly after swimming. Some delicate colours can fade when subjected to long bouts of chlorinated water and excessive harsh sunlight. Remember that chlorine is a bleach and sun intensifies the bleaching action
If you wish to temporarily change the colour of your nails whilst wearing gel you can use nail enamel over the gel but please be sure to use an Acetone Free Remover when removing nail polish. Excessive enamel change is not advisable as a non-acetone remover will still contain a small percentage of acetone which will eventually affect your gel polish
Your gel polish will need fortnightly or three weekly maintenance as there will be obvious re-growth. At this point we can either reapply gel to your nails or remove the gel completely and carry out a hydrating mini manicure. It is recommended that maintenance appointments are booked every 2-3 weeks.
If you happen to do something that causes your gel polish to chip or lift please do not pick or pull at the area as this will cause damage to your natural nail plate. If this does happen please contact me so I can assess the nail and decide if a repair is necessary – please note repairs older than a week will be chargeable. Do not bite, pick, cut or file at your nails as this will cause the gel polish to become weak and will damage your own nails, causing delamination (separation of the natural nail layers).
If you do decide that you want to remove your gel please contact us and let us do it safely for you in the salon. Incorrect removal at home may damage the surface of your nails. We will be able to remove your gel using a professional remover and to give you a mini-manicure so that your natural nails look perfect.