We get it. You’re totally committed to your bi-monthly gel manicure appointment and it’s absolutely nothing we can do to get you to change your mind about that.
While we’re not here to change your gel nail routine but we are are here to let you know that one appointment per month may be best for your nails.
Full disclosure: Scientists aren’t exactly surewhy gel manis wreck nails more than regular polishes do. Here’s what they do know: With the help of UV light, gel lacquers adhere to the nail beds stronger than traditional versions. This likely isn’t a problem in and of itself. But a gel mani requires a 10-minute — no more, no less — acetone soak to loosen that bond. “Acetone desiccates nails, leaving them brittle and prone to peeling,” says Chris Adigun, MD, a dermatologist and nail specialist in North Carolina. (A 2012 studyused ultrasound to conclude that gel manicures did, in fact, cause thinning. It just didn’t figure out exactly why.)