We are often asked, “do you carry gel polish?” The simple answer is no. With every choice, there is a reason. Our reason for not offering gel polishes is all about you.
First, this post is not against gel polish, those who wear it, and those who professionally apply it for others—we understand this can be a touchy subject. When applied and removed correctly along with proper nail care, natural nails can flourish and be healthy with gel nail polish.
Our mission with People of Color is to provide the best products that promote healthy natural nails, with simple usage whether DIY or professional. Thus, we’d never include products that could possibly damage your natural nails in our product line.
The application and removal process of gel nail polish can be damaging to your natural nails.
Pure acetone is required to remove gel nail polish which can be extremely drying to your skin and nails. This can lead to dryness and brittleness. Dry, brittle nails break easily, peel, and typically have a hard time growing!
Even worse, if hard gels (i.e. acrylic nails) are being used, a nail bit drill or file is usually required to remove the gel nail polish. Essentially, this process removes several layers of your nail bed. This can also cause thin and weak nails.
Furthermore, a UV or LED light is required to dry and cure gel nail polish. Over time, exposure to UV radiation can damage your skin, leading to premature wrinkles and age spots. This could even lead to skin cancer. Regardless of skin concerns, constant exposure to UV-cured gel nail polishes can break down the nail and cause them to thin out too.
The majority of our audience does their own nails. With this, we didn’t want to offer a product line that could negatively impact the health of our PoC Beauty tribe’s nails. We want to continue to offer the best quality products that are less toxic and damaging and that promote happy, healthy nails. People of Color focuses on the strength of the nails versus the length.
Leave a comment and let us know if you use or have used gel nail polish. How healthy are or were your nails?