Have you heard of gel nail polish? It is an amazing invention introduced into the world of nail care- A way to have a no-fuss manicure that lasts for up to two weeks, with none of those annoying nail chippings. The best part? It requires practically no drying time at all!
What is the difference between gel nail polish and acrylic nail polish?
The biggest difference between a gel nail polish and an acrylic nail polish is their durability; gel polishes are composed of materials that grip the nail bed tighter than acrylic nail polish, allowing for that amazingly durable manicure. Furthermore, while traditional nail polishes are cured in the open air that is, in oxygen, gel nail polishes are cured under a special UV light. Gel nail polishes also give a shinier, richer color than ordinary nail polish. The durability of gel polishes also makes removing them more difficult. While nail polish can be easily wiped off with nail polish remover, gel nail polish requires a long soak in acetone to be removed.
How do Gel Nail polishes work?
Gel polishes are made up of compounds that will not harden naturally, but require the use of a special UV light in order to harden. The color is painted on and cured several times in layers under the UV light, making it less prone to chips and breakage.
Home gel nail polish manicure kit:
A gel polish manicure does not need an expensive trip to the salon. You can create a professional-looking homemade gel nail manicure with the following ingredients:
A gel nail base coat polish
Gel nail color
Nail drying UV machine
A nail drying machine can be purchased on amazon.in with a starting price of 200 rupees.
How to apply gel nail polish
Prep your nails: Nails can be prepped by buffing them lightly to remove any imperfections in the nail surface. Then, wipe down the nails with some nail cleanser to remove excessive oils. If these oils are not removed, they’ll prevent the nail gel from sticking to the nail bed. Once this is done, apply a good quality nail primer as well.
Applying a base coat: The base coat must be a single layer of the gel base. Be careful not to apply more than one layer as this will prevent proper drying of the base. Paint the nails with upward strikes. Do not apply the base coat on the cuticles. Once the first layer is applied, cure it under the UV light for a couple of minutes until fully hard.
Applying the gel nail color: The next step is to apply your chosen nail color. Apply a single layer of gel nail color and allow it to cure under UV light. You can then paint on a second layer, and after that to cure as well, add any designs or patterns you wish to on your newly cured nails. After decorating your nails, be sure to cure them under the UV light once more.
Apply a topcoat
The final step to complete your gel nail manicure is to apply a thin layer of a clear topcoat to protect and seal your nails. Cure it under the UV light for the last time, and your homemade gel polish manicure is done!
How to remove gel nail polish
Gel nail polish cannot be removed with nail polish remover. In order to remove nail polish gel, soak cotton in pure acetone and apply them to your nails. Allow your nails to soak in the ethanol until the gel polish dissolves. Once it dissolves, gently scrape it away from your nails. Do not try peeling off your nail polish. This will lead to damage to your nail bed.
Allow your nails to rest in between two manicures.
Be sure to moisturize your nails and cuticles with some nail oil after removing the gel polish, in order to keep your nails healthy.
Hot baths can cause your gel polish to begin peeling. Try to avoid hot water if you can.
If your manicure begins peeling, do not try to pull it off with your hands. Improper removal of gel polishes will lead to nail damage.
Do not keep your hands under the UV light for very long to prevent skin damage.
Choose gel polish nails from Good quality brands to ensure your nails remain healthy and your manicure lasts long.
That’s how you can score an extra week with true chip resistance nature, no matter what the formula or color is. One stroking, one full coating, instant dry touch, and you are done for days. This not only can beat your Monday blues but also gives you enough time for your party shenanigans. Happy shopping.