“When you choose a nail salon, you need to make sure it is licensed by the state,” Ostrosky said. “Having a state license means there are certain hygiene standards and that the salon has been inspected. It gives you assurance that there is a level of cleanliness there and you want to make sure that the actual beauty technician who works on you is licensed, as well. That means they have been trained in sterilization and technique.”
But getting gel manicures all the time is horrible for your nail's health, explains Katie Jane Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London, who told TODAY, "The thing I like least about gel manicures is the removal process. Removing gels weakens the nail bed as it's most sensitive when wet. The manicurist will most likely scrub at your nail with a metal tool to remove the gel polish, which can damage the nail bed very easily. Also, the UV light used for gels is not healthy for your nails."