The Russian Manicure Trend Has Benefits, But There Are Some Risks To Be Aware Of

Move aside, bare nails. Manicures are the go-to look for many. In 2020 alone, over 17 million individuals in the U.S. underwent the much-loved nail treatment more than twice (via Statista). Due to their popularity, many twists on the classic manicure have surfaced over the years, such as the French tip manicure, American tip nails, and gel nails. However, there is also another type known as the Russian manicure that takes a different approach from a traditional manicure. Instead, the Russian version completely removes your entire cuticle from beneath the nail bed using electronic drills.


For many individuals, this is one of the reasons that make this nail treatment enticing, as it gives a specific type of look to the nail that can't be achieved with just a regular manicure. A Russian manicure also typically lasts longer than a traditional mani because of the time and attention to detail spent on each and every nail. However, while it may look pretty, there are risks associated with receiving a Russian manicure. Below, we'll break down some of the most important factors to consider, so you can decide whether or not you want to get the treatment.

It could permanently damage your nails

While Russian manicures are pleasing to look at, they're not great for the health of your nails, especially over a long period of time. The abrasive nature of the treatment, "can permanently alter the structure of your nail, weaken your nail, and cause bleeding," board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie told Reader's Digest


Taking a closer look, it may even potentially trigger abnormal changes to your nails' growth patterns, alongside other undesirable results, such as inflammation. Understandably, this is likely something that you want to avoid. If you experience consistent damage, you run the risk of your nails never returning to their former state.

So, while this trend is seemingly popular online, it turns out that it may not be all it's hyped up to be after pulling back the curtain. However, permanent nail damage isn't the only risk involved with getting Russian manicures. What other dangers are lurking behind the shadows? 

You run the risk of infection

Not only could you permanently damage your nails, but you are also putting yourself at risk of infection if you choose to get a Russian manicure. Speaking to Refinery 29, Dr. Unnati Desai, medical director of Skinfluencer Clinic, says that removing the cuticles involves opening up the eponychium. "Its function is to protect the area between the nail and epidermis from exposure to bacteria. By removing it, there is a real risk of infection, so I would never recommend it." And if you do get an infection, it's not only bad news for your nails but also for yourself, as you won't be able to get any more manicures until it's dealt with.


If you don't like the idea of your cuticles being removed, you can always opt for another type of manicure. In most other instances, your cuticle will only be pushed back rather than completely removed, making it a much gentler alternative for your beautiful nails. No matter which nail treatment you ultimately choose, you should always make sure you have a thorough knowledge of it and any potential risks.