The first and only time I got a gel manicure at the salon, I chose a set of pink-and-purple gradient nails (so 2012, I know) that lasted what felt like forever. While the extra-glossy finish and chip-free staying power lured me in, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with a bill that was the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries.
Now a new breed of gel manis that you can do sans nail technician promises to give all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of their salon predecessors. I’m a big—no, huge—fan of these treatments, which work without the aid of UV lamps.
Get the full scoop in this month’s issue on the new nail trend: at-home gel manicures.
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No need to worry about the UV lamps at nail salons. (Photo: Fox)
We’ve been a bit wary of gel manicures ever since we heard that the superspeedy UV lamps used to set lacquer may lead to skin cancer. Now it turns out that there’s no cause for alarm: a new study conducted by two independent researchers found that it would take 13,000 to 40,000 nail-drying sessions (the equivalent of 250 years’ worth of weekly manicures) to marginally raise the risk of developing skin cancer. Unlike the lamps used in tanning beds, nail lamps use “narrowband UVB” rays, which are regarded as much safer.