BIAB nails blew up last year and are not going anywhere for 2023. Here is all you need to know about this popular nail trend
There’s been a shift in beauty trends over the last couple of months to focusing on emphasising your natural beauty. And yes, that includes nails. BIAB nails or Build in a Bottle nails are the latest treatment that celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid are asking for. It works pretty much the same way gel and shellac do, but is it better? Read on to find out.
Is BIAB good for your nails?
The application and removal of BIAB nails is less likely to damage your natural nails so yes, they are as far as treatments go. They’re ideal if you’re looking to grow and strengthen your nails whilst still having them looking good. If you’re a nail biter who wants to kick the habit, they are a great option.
How long do BIAB gel nails last?
Three to four weeks is the usual lifespan of BIAB nails however experts do recommend getting them redone every two to three weeks to maintain that freshly done look.
What is the difference between gel and BIAB nails?
Build in a Bottle is of a thicker consistency than gel and actually woks to strengthen the nails rather than weaken it. Being a thicker polish also means that it is less likely to chip in between salon sessions. The beauty of BIAB is that is can be used on its own or as a base underneath gel nails to minimise any damage gel polish may cause. The only downside is that BIAB sometimes does not fit into the edges or creases like gel or shellac does. However it does dry harder, meaning it is more durable against chipping.
Can BIAB nails cause an allergic reaction?
It is important to note that some people have shown allergic reactions to BIAB nails. There has been multiple at-home users of Build in a Bottle, as well as salon professionals, reporting allergic reactions to it. Experts have warned people who are looking to do DIY treatments, to always buy their products from reputable retailers.
In some cases, users who experience allergies may be able to use shellac or gel without those causing a reaction. It is always best to ask a professional for advice when trying out a new treatment for the first time.
When your BIAB starts chipping or lifting and you want to remove it at home, the best way is to soak your nails in acetone. It’s thicker than normal polish so it will take longer to remove but it can be done. Firstly file off the top layer before wrapping them in cotton pads soaked in acetone and tin foil over top for 15 minutes. Remove any excess with a cuticle pusher.
How many times can BIAB be refilled?
“I refill my BIAB for about a month or two, until I find that the nail begins to change shape,” says Aine Beirne, a nail artist from Co Leitrim. “The nice thing about BIAB though is that you can file it down flat without taking it off fully and just rebuild from there, it’s really easy.” (@ainerose.nails)
Can you have BIAB on short nails?
Build in a Bottle is suitable for short nails. If you’re prone to brittle nails or have a habit of biting them, this treatment can really help to increase growth. The thickness of BIAB protects the nail and helps to stimulate strength.
@tildathemoon on TikTok shows her 10 week BIAB transformation after years of biting her nails. How gorgeous are the results?