19 May, 2014
Is it okay to leave a "gel manicure" on your nails when you go to the mikvah? Thanks:
It is by far preferable to immerse without any barrier on the nails (including polish, gel, shellac, acrylic/gel nails, etc.).
If it is impossible to wait until after immersing before getting a gel manicure, and it is important for you to have your nails done regularly, you may immerse with the gel manicure as long as there are no gaps or chips. If you already have a gel manicure, you should have it filled in/touched up prior to immersion (preferably within three days of immersion). There is a range of halachic opinion on this matter, so you may wish to call the mikveh in advance of immersion to clarify its policy.
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