gel polish nail gel

We talk about;
Nail Prep, Common Problems such ad lifting, cracking & Cuticle Care

If you are having concerns with the Gel polish lifting prematurely, cracking or other problems, then we recommend that you don't use water or soak your fingers before applying  the Gel Polish - It will help with proper preparation and longer lasting nails as well as prevent premature peeing or cracking.
You can put moisture back into the cuticles once you've finished applying Gel Polish.

Cuticle care is a really important step in nail preparation - the cuticle is the dead skin which is at the base of the nail plate and if not removed properly, can effect the Base Coat from adhering to the nail plate.
Many people may not know this, but one of the secrets to long lasting Gel Nails, is not to put you hands in water right before the application.

You can try a dry manicure - avoid soaking your hands or fingers in water. Also try to avoid soaking in a bath or washing the dishes right before going to the Salon for a Manicure!

Cuticle Care and Preparation

Nail Prep & Cuticle Care
1: Trim and file your nails and push back the cuticles using a cuticle pusher or wooden orange sticks.
Both are inexpensive and can be purchased for just a couple of dollars each.

Angle the orange stick to gently push the cuticles toward the base of your nail plate, slowly a little at a time. Be careful not to push too hard and tear the skin as you may get a bacterial infection. The skin is there to protect the nail bed.

If you want to proceed with proper cuticle care and are having trouble pushing back the cuticle, soak your hands in warm water - add a few drops of essential oils to help soften your skin.
You can use, vaseline, moisturizer and  soak them for awhile longer to soften them up.

2: After pushing back the cuticle you will need to remove dead skin.
If you think you want to try this step, make sure you educate yourself first about the correct way to remove cuticle skin, we do not recommend that you try this at home as it requires professional training - and you need to be extremely careful that you do not clip away at the live tissue (eponychium). Dead skin will appear white in colour.

If you want to skip this step, you can gently buff the lose, dead skin with a file buff which will also remove the shine on the nail plate, explained in the next step.

3: Important, the nail should not have any shine on top of the nail plate, so that the base coat gel will adhere. Gently buff the shine from the surface of each nail, ensure you buff the nail plate from edge to edge. 
Next, file and shape nails as desired - try and keep the nail tip in a straight square shape for natural looking nails.

4: It’s important that the nail plate is dehydrated and clean, free from dirt, natural oils, dead skin and moisture to ensure the base coat will adhere properly to the nail plate.

(At this stage, if you have applied moisturizer to your hands - wash them thoroughly in warm soapy water and dry with a clean towel.)
The best way to cleanse the nail plate,
use a lint-free wipe and cleanser.The solution should be a 99% isopropyl alcohol based cleanser to dehydrate the nail plate.
Base Coat Application 

Proper gel polish adhesion:
It’s important that the nail plate is dehydrated and free of oils, skin and debris.
Apply a thin layer of Base Coat to each nail on one hand and cure under a UV lamp or Led lamp for the specified time. For 36 watt UV lamp it's generally 2 mins each hand.
For 48 Watt Led lamp it's between 20-30 secs.
Click Here for more info on the right Curing Lamps. 
Take careful concern that the base coat does not come into contact with the skin edges. Once it has been cured under the Curing lamp it may become like glue on your skin - in the same way be careful not to get the base coat between the nail tip and skin underneath.
If possible try and apply the Base Coat over the edge of the nail tip (capping the edges) - without getting it on the skin underneath.
You can use an alcohol wipe with an orange wood stick to remove any excess from the skin.
With some practice, it gets much easier !

Now your ready to start applying the Gel Polish  

Below is some tips on how to achieve a great result - Remember to place your hand under the UV or Led Lamp for the recommended times and check with the Brands manufacturer if unsure.

1. Apply your colour coat selection and apply a thin coat - keeping clear fo the skin edges.

Cure in a 36 UV Lamp Cure 2 minutes each time for Best Results

48 Led Lamp Cure 20 - 30 Sec for Long Lasting Results.

Do not wipe the nails in-between coats (they should feel sticky)

2. Apply a second colour coat and cure under UV or Led lamp.

3. Apply the final Top Coat and cure under UV or Led lamp. Use a cleansing solution of 99% isopropyl alcohol based cleanser or alcohol wipe to remove the sticky residue for a fabulous shiny finish.

cuticle care

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Who is Gel polish least suited for? 

Looking to lengthen your nails? You cannot use Gel Polish application to create a longer nail. Also, Gel Polish isn't for clients with extremely damaged nail beds, split or peeling nails. It is best to get on a corrective program with your salon manicurist before thinking about getting Gel Manicure nails. If your nail is peeling off, it will do more damage. Make sure you are not tempted to pick at the Polish or you will ruin your nails!

How is Gel Manicure ,different from the traditional polish manicure?

Typical nail polish dries by evaporation, which means your manicure is not cured until 2-3 hours after your service, most of your manicure time is spent waiting for polish to dry.

UV & Led Gel Polish products are cured by UV or Led light, within minutes. Your nails are completely dry by the time your manicure is over, and strong enough to withstand accidental knocks. It acts like a plasticized coating, suitable as a long lasting polish. 

How is a Gel Polish service in the Salon different from traditional nail enhancements (fake nails)? Drills are never used or needed with the gel polish application, and removal does not leave nails dry, thin, possibly torn. Avoid Salons that use drills or scrape the Gel Polish Manicure or Creative  Nail Design SHELLAC® Nail Color off in the removal process. Gel polish will soak-off in just a few mins with acetone remover wraps.

It's easy and so incredibly inexpensive to purchase it yourself VS paying per visit. Try it yourself and use it on your friends, in the long run you will save a small fortune !