The term Gel Manicure has been hanging
around the nail salon for several years now, but in 2010 the term took
on a slightly different meaning.
The nail industry developed a new type of gel that will
replace nail polish in the salon as you know it today.
generation of gel is very thin, flexible, is available in a wide range
of colors (for French, nail art and regular polish look effects).
big bonus to you is while regular polish starts to chip and peel within
2-5 days, Gel Polish will last for 2 full weeks or more without
Additionally, for most women, a Gel Manicure application will
reduce breaks and tears of your nails, keeping them looking great
in-between salon visits!
Great news for weekly manicure clients, great
news for the occasional and special occasional manicure client!
This application should be performed by a professional nail technician to avoid long term allergic and other reactions.
Prior to application, a regular or modified manicure
service will be done by cleaning up and maintenance of the cuticle area.
The nail itself (nail plate) itself needs little to no prep work - some
brands recommend "removing the shine" with a light grit file or buffer
The application typically will be done in 3-4 layers - a base, 2
coats of color and a top coat.
Since the product is a gel, you will
"cure" each layer in a UV lamp for 10 seconds to 3 minutes per layer
depending on the brand and which layer is being cured.
application is complete each nail is wiped with a cleanser solution, and
you are done. Your nails are rock hard,
shiny and you can immediately
dig in your purse for your cars keys!
Several different companies are manufacturing this new
type of Gel Manicure/Polish, there are many similarities and differences
from brand to brand.
The entire application or removal of old color and application of a new color should take 30-45 minutes
Some brands have a nail polish like smell. That is
because one of the ingredients is nail polish.
Those who are allergic to
nail polish (rare but yes there are some people who are allergic)
should not receive this type of service.
The brands that are not formulated with nitrocellulose
solvent (nail polish's main ingredient) are gel resin and gel pigment.
Customers who are allergic to acrylic or gel might or might not have a
reaction to these products.
Primer for almost all these products is optional, it can
make the application last even more than 2 weeks, but it might also
increase the removal time.
All of these brands of Gel Polish can be applied over acrylics or traditional gels, but need to be filed off, not soaked.
As with any other nail service, the product should
not come in contact with your skin - this can cause allergic reactions
after repeated exposure.