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Preserving Nail Health: The Impact of Gel Nails and the Gentler Alternative - BIAB

One thing that is very simple to do that makes me really happy is to have well-manicured hands. In October 2022 I started to have BIAB manicures and have never looked back. My nails are always immaculate and make a difference to how I feel. Here's some information that explains the reason I have BIAB's.

Mary Gillmore, Salon Owner

For many, the allure of perfectly polished gel nails is undeniable. However, the damage that can occur during the removal process has left many questioning the cost of beauty. In this blog, we'll explore how gel nails can potentially harm your natural nails during removal and why the revolutionary trend of Builder in a Bottle (BIAB) is gaining popularity as a safer alternative.

The Perils of Gel Nail Removal:

Gel nails have become a staple in the world of manicures, offering a long-lasting and flawless finish. However, the removal process is where the potential harm lies. The traditional method involves soaking nails in acetone to break down the gel polish, which can strip the nails of essential oils, leaving them dry, weak, and prone to damage.

The Impact on Nail Health

1. Dryness and Brittle Nails:

Acetone, a common component in gel nail removal, is a powerful solvent that can dehydrate the nail bed. This dehydration can lead to dry, brittle nails that are more susceptible to breakage and peeling.

2. Thinning of Nail Plate:

Prolonged exposure to acetone can result in the thinning of the nail plate. Weakened nails are more likely to sustain damage, and this can be a significant concern for those who enjoy frequent gel manicures.

3. Potential for Damage During Scraping:

Sometimes, stubborn gel residue may require scraping, leading to further trauma to the nail. This scraping can cause the nails to become thin, uneven, and more prone to splitting.

The Rise of BIAB - A Kinder Alternative:

Builder in a Bottle (BIAB) has emerged as a game-changer in the nail industry, providing a gentler and more nail-friendly alternative to traditional gel nails. BIAB is a form of soak-off gel that acts as a strengthening layer, promoting healthier nails and minimizing damage during removal.

Benefits of BIAB

1. Less Aggressive Removal:

Unlike traditional gel polish, BIAB is designed to be easily soakable. The removal process is generally gentler, reducing the risk of damage to the natural nails.

2. Strengthens Natural Nails:

BIAB acts as a protective layer that strengthens the natural nail, providing added durability and support. This can be especially beneficial for individuals who prefer the extended wear of gel-like finishes without compromising nail health.

3. Reduced Need for Aggressive Buffing:

The application of BIAB typically requires less aggressive buffing than traditional gels, minimizing the thinning of the nail plate and preserving its integrity.

While gel nails can undoubtedly enhance the beauty of your hands, it's essential to consider the potential consequences, especially during the removal process. Builder in a Bottle offers a more nail-friendly alternative, promoting healthier, stronger nails without compromising on style. As the beauty industry continues to evolve, BIAB stands as a testament to the commitment to both aesthetics and the well-being of our natural nails.

Mary Gillmore, Owner


7 Well Court, EC4M9DN

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