Gel Nails 101 From Spruce House – The Power of the Gel!

gel nailsAs Spruce House beauty tester I’m a convert… I’ve been having gels religiously for the past year and they make such a difference to me… as mum to a toddler, with a deep rooted love of a freshly painted nail, they provide the perfect solution – because right now I just don’t have the time to paint and sort out chips every few days.

So, with the fact that there really is nothing like a fresh manicure from Spruce House Norwich + add in the bonus that gels last up to 3 weeks = it really is a no brainer. To help convince others about the power of the gel, I’ve been picking the girlies brains for their top nail knowledge and gel manicure care tips so here they are:

  1. Gel manicures and acrylic nails are not the same!

Acrylics are used to give more length to the nail or to provide a much stronger layer over your natural one. Latest celeb trends include the much longer pointed nail…if you’ve seen it – it’s probably acrylic. They tend to be natural tones and then painted…gels come in a rainbow selection of colours, painted on and then ‘cured under a UV or LED lamps.

  1. Your nails don’t actually need to breathe.

Many people worry about getting gels because they fear their nails won’t be able to “breathe just remember nails are dead to begin with, so they don’t need to breathe! We have a little trick we use to make sure you don’t get that claustrophobic feeling!

  1. Gels weaken your nail bed, but this is down to the removal process

Your nail beds and cuticles are what’s important which is why we always say NEVER PULL THEM OFF always book in for a proper removal. At Spruce we use Jessica Geleration and Jessica have created a removal kit for their GELeration range. As with all nail removal kits, it takes a little time but it’s worth removing your gels properly. Depending on your gel, this can take 15 minutes to an hour. When the gel is crumbling or sliding off, we use a cuticle pusher to remove the gel off your nail bed (we never file or scrape!).

  1. Keep your nail beds hydrated.

Keep your nails in tip-top condition by using cuticle oil and moisturiser. Even if you don’t have a gel manicure this is a great regime to follow to help keep your nails healthy and strong.

  1. Gel nails last 2-3 weeks.

The best part about gel manicures is how long they last. The perfect solution for those with upcoming events, those who have a job requiring nice nails or busy mums on the go who want to feel good but just don’t have the time to deal with chipping or re-painting!


  1. Look after your cuticles!

Your cuticle does the important job or sealing the area at the base of the nail. Cutting or removing it stops that protection leaving it open to possible bacteria and or/infection. To maintain, at Spruce House we gently push them back after softening them (the best time to prevent damage is when they are wet. We always finish a manicure with a massage using a thick lotion and a signature Spruce House sparkly spritz!

So there you go, a Spruce House 101 to gels and nails – they need as much love as the rest of you, and if you are anything like me with your painted nails, you’ll be ready to take on the world. Call the Spruce House girls to book in for your appointment today.


Until next month xx