gels


Pre-mixed monomers that are hardened or cured to polymers by either UV or visible light; can be used as an overlay with tips or on natural nails, to sculpt a nail, or to provide a final layer to acrylic for a shiny, impervious layer.

Keywords:   chemicals     colored gels     gels     UV top coats  

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Hard Vs. Soft: A Closer Look At Gels

August 4, 2014

Before there was gel-polish, there was gel. Making its debut in the mid-1980s, this product was designed as an enhancement for clients who desired a glossy, durable finish. While many clients might think there is a big difference between gel and acrylic, gels actually rely on ingredients from the acrylic family. Perhaps the tougher distinction to make is between hard (traditional) and soft (soak-off) gels. 

Is it true that gels thin out a client’s nails?

September 17, 2012

I have so many nail clients who say gel nails thin out their nails. Is this true? When I do a fill, I don’t get right down to their natural nail, unless it has lifted. I always leave as much of the gel on their nail as I can, to protect their natural nail. So, can you tell me, if in fact gel nails thin out their natural nails?

Extreme Nailing

August 31, 2012

Does our environment change how we do nails? Do techs living in climates where it dips into double digits below zero work differently than techs who live where it’s nearly 100 degrees with 80% humidity?   

What is the best way to clean gel brushes?

December 27, 2011

I just started using gels. What is the best way to clean gel brushes?

The Science of Gels

March 14, 2011

What’s really going on when your client puts her hand in the nail lamp? We explain what gel is made of and why it works so well.

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