A gooey layer on freshly cured artificial nails that is caused when oxygen prevents proper surface curing.
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.
This design was created by AnGel educator Albee Chen using AnGel Artist Gel from Ikonna.
Getting behind the science of gel-polish is no easy feat, but with a better framework for its chemistry comes improved technique and the ability to educate clients. NAILS picked the brain of OPI's Dr. Paul Bryson for some user-friendly answers.
Kari McQuitty, an Amore educator and owner of the salon All About Nails, in Alberta, Canada, discovered that traditional watercolor paint meant for paper canvases makes a great introductory nail art medium.
With the surge in gel-polish clients, it’s now crucial to seamlessly integrate no-damage removal into your service repertoire. Our gel-polish experts show you how.
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