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30 June 2008 :: 14:06:34 pm 22290

What Are Gel Nails?

If you are new to making gel nails, follow these steps carefully, and you should come up with a perfect result.? They are a new, more natural looking alternative to Acrylic Nail extensions. Unlike acrylics, the UV gel used to create the nails has no discomforting odors. There is no glue involved in the process, eliminating unnecessary nail damage caused by lifting. Gel Nails are created with a layer of base gel, brushed into a mold then cured by a UV Lamp. Gel nails are limitless in their design capabilities, and can even be reinforced with fiberglass for extra strength and repairs purposes.
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Gel Nail Application?

Cautiously scoop a little of gel onto your gel brush, make sure to keep one side clean by swiping it on the edge of the can.

Apply a thin layer of gel over the full nail plate starting in the center of the nail and working the gel toward the cuticle. Apply the gel same way as applying nail polish, pulling the brush to the free edge. Seal the free edge by swiping your brush lightly across the leading edge.


During application, make sure the hairs of the brush do not split out. If they do, it means that you are putting too much pressure and not enough gel will be left on the nail to allow for shrinkage during cure, and the result will be tiny ‘craters’ where the gel has pulled away during the curing process. If this occurs, you need to brush a new thin layer of gel over again, with of course less pressure. Do not over-work the gel because it will result in air bubbles and possibly an uneven cure.

Repeat this procedure on all of the fingers on the same hand. Prior to curing, look carefully at your work one more time and make sure the entire area of the nail is equally covered with a thin layer of gel. Check to see if any gel is touching the skin near the cuticle and sidewall lines of the nail. If so, very carefully get rid of it with an orangewood stick. Be sure your have left a tiny margin all around the cuticle and sidewall line free of product to allow for proper shrinkage and to avoid repeated and prolonged contact with sensitive skin.

Put the hand into the UV lamp. Keep it there for approximately three minutes, that’s how long it takes for gel to fully cure. After that you can put on a second layer of gel and cure it again.

 After removing the hand from the UV lamp, you need to clean all nails with a lint-free nail wipe soaked with cleanser. This will get rid of the sticky uncured layer, even though the nails will still feel slightly tacky which is normal. Scrutinize nails for an even surface, and if craters are visible, apply one more thin layer of gel and cure.

Apply gel to the other hand following the previous procedures. Should you find that some gel has touched the sides or the cuticle area, remove with a 240-grit file and then buff until smooth. Finish by applying a sealer (Shine and Seal Glossing Gel) and the nail enamel color of your choice. If the client prefers a permanent French Manicure, use a white color gel to the free edge.  



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