Add-On Services

Sealed with a Gel: UV Gel Top Coats

If you’re looking to add a nice finishing touch to any nail look, a UV gel top coat can be a great way to cap off the enhancement with a protective and high-gloss coating.

If you’re looking to add a nice finishing touch to any nail look, a UV gel top coat can be a great way to cap off the enhancement with a protective and high-gloss coating. This can also be a great up-sell for clients looking for that extra step in chip and yellowing prevention. Here’s a sampling of some UV gel top coats.

SELLING THE SERVICE

Research thoroughly which type of gel top coat will work best for the services you give. Most UV gel top coats are meant to go over acrylics, gels, and wraps, but others are more specific to particular enhancements, and some can even be used over polish.

> Inform your clients to the benefits of a UV gel sealer. A high-gloss protective layer can really extend the longevity of colored gels and acrylics and pink-and whites. The formulas typically have UV blockers to prevent yellowing, and some will even have brightening agents to make the colors underneath really pop.

> Price it moderately if it’s an add-on. If you have a gel top coat that isn’t included in your service, typically a $5-$7 add-on charge is average.

> Endorse it yourself. One of the best ways to get a customer to try something new is to give them your personal experience with it. If you typically cap your nails with a UV gel sealer, so should your clients.

> Give the first one free. This is the best way to test out clients and see if they’re interested. Inform them what the product does, give them a first time free, and see what they think. More than likely they’ll be impressed with the results and will incorporate a UV gel sealant into future services.

Akzéntz’s Top Gloss Clear Bright is a high-gloss clear sealant that keeps French whites whiter while protecting the nail with a high-gloss finish. The UV top coat creates a thin, natural-looking layer with a shiny appearance to brighten underneath colors.

Amore’s Ultima Gloss Top Gel is a self-leveling, viscous product that will adhere to even shiny surfaces. It can be used over any gel or acrylic system and cures in two minutes under a 9- watt lamp.

Backscratchers’ Ice is a UV gel top coat that helps prevent yellowing and keeps nails from chipping, lifting, and tearing. The UV-cured top coat can be used on any artificial nail enhancement and is transparent and non-porous, making it impervious to weather, polish stains, and acetone.

CND’s Brisa Gloss Gel Top Coat is a high-gloss, UV light-cured gel top coat. It seals and protects gel enhancements, creating a durable shiny finish, and brushes on easy. The gel top coat cures quickly in a UV lamp.

Gelousy UV Dry top coat is a hybrid between a gel and a traditional air-dry top coat and designed to be used over nail polish. When cured in a UV lamp it will completely dry in two minutes, or it will air dry in five minutes.

Dashing Diva’s Gelife Top Gel has a very thin viscosity to leave a slim layer of protection over gel enhancements. The Top Gel can also be used to encase Dashing Diva’s French Wrap Plus product, which puts perfect smile lines on nails.

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