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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.

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How to Remove Hard Gels Safely

Young Nails' Greg Salo shows how to remove hard gels safely.

How to Sculpt a Ballerina Nail With Hard Gel

April Ryan demonstrates how to sculpt ballerina or coffin-shaped nails using hard gel.

Gel Smarts: The Science Beneath the Surface

Not surprisingly, it takes a scientist to describe the science behind today’s gel technology. We asked some experts in the field to explain what makes gels gel — and the best ways to remove them.

Hard Gel Fill + Roses and Rhinestones

April Ryan shows how to create a fill with hard gels and nail art with crystals and roses.

Futuristic Snowflake Design With Hard Gel

April Ryan shows how to create a hard gel extension abstract snowflake design using Light Elegance hard gel and charms.

Hard Gel Nail Extension

April Ryan uses regular hard gels — clear, white and cover pink, to do her own nails. "For a new set you can make nails matte, don't file them too much, and use a buffer or soft file," she says.

Create Custom Gel Color Using Pigments

Expand your gel color library cost-effectively without compromising storage space.

Hard Gel Removal + Chrome Nails Tutorial

Luciana McGee shows how she removes hard gel with an electic file and the Aerovex Air Purifier and creates a chrome gel manicure.

Crowdsourcing: What terminology do you use with your clients to distinguish between the various types of gel (soak-off, hard gel, gel-polish)?

This month we asked nail techs: What terminology do you use with your clients to distinguish between the various types of gel (soak-off, hard gel, gel-polish)?