Any coating created by fashioning acrylic, fiber wraps, or gels over the underlying nail or artificial nail tip.
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.
When we asked NAILS Next Top Nail Artist first runner-up Lauren Wireman how she keeps her nail embellishments intact despite the damage that regularly occurs on the job, she revealed her simple secret...
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.
As shorter nails trend, many nail techs are using nail wraps as a way to give their clients stability while still maintaining that natural look. And as nail wraps make their way back into the limelight, other creative product uses are emerging as well.
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