Gel nails – Things to know before your nail appointment
Gel nails can become a very expensive habit.
Gel nails – What’s the lowdown?
The product used to create gel is created using liquid monomer and polymer powder. All forms of gel require curing, or hardening, under a UV (ultraviolet) light, which can be either a conventional bulb or LED lamp.
How long do they last and how much do you cost?
The cost usually depends on the length, style and design you choose. The best part about gel manis is how long they last. Gels usually last 2-3weeks. If you have a bunch of events coming up back to back like intervies, internship, birthdats and holidays, gels can be the perfect solution because they last about two full weeks with zero chipping.
How to apply gel nail polish at home
1. Gather your kit together: nail polish remover, manicure set, gel base and top coat, gel cleanser, UV or LED lamp (depending on the brand you use) and gel colour polish
2. Use nail varnish remover to get rid of any previous nail polish
3. Use a cuticle softener to loosen the cuticles before carefully trimming them
4. Shape and trim the nail to the desired length and shape
5. Gently buff the nails to bring out their natural shine and prepare them for polish
6. Wash and dry your hands
7. Now apply one coat of base polish
8. Cure under the LED or UV lamp, following brand guidelines
9. Apply the colour polish and cure
11. Wipe the nails with gel cleanser
12. Finish with a final coat of gel top coat and again cure under the LED or UV lamp, following brand guidelines
13. Enjoy your handy work!
If you want to save money and a trip to the salon, try taking them off yourself using the following tips.
- Place a cotton ball soaked in the remover on top of your nail.
- Wrap each nail in tinfoil.
- Wrap your hands in a hand towel
Some polishes include potential cancer-causing chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. Read the ingredients label on the polish’s bottle or on the company’s website to avoid them.
There’s so much cutting and buffing and filing when it comes to a gel mani. Don’t increase your risk of infection by getting your cuticles cut instead ask to have them pushed back.