Last updated 18th of September 2016
Are you tired of acrylic nails? Do you want to try something new that doesn’t suffocate you with its odorous fumes or can potentially harm your unborn child? Well you’re in luck because science and fashion have both teamed up to create gel nail polish. The latest in nail enhancements that doesn’t come with that horrible odor or toxic chemicals that can harm your unborn child, this means that pregnant women don’t have to be sidelined from yet another thing. Everyday gel nail polish is rising in popularity but despite this a lot of people still don’t know much about it or how it differs from acrylic nails. Check out our guide on just that, gel nails vs acrylic nails.
Rather than drying by airing, gel nail polish dries through a UV dryer used to cure the gel nail polish. Gel nails are also great for those people who suffer from weak or peeling nails.They provide a protective layer leading to a stronger and healthier nail that is protected from the elements. Unlike acrylic nails, they look much more realistic and natural. They have a glossy finish to them and are much thinner than acrylic nails which means that they feel more natural to wear. For busy women gel manicure are a heaven-sent as they last longer and only need filling every two – four weeks. This depends on a lot of factors though, one being how fast your nails grow or what kind of environment your hand work under, such gardening or tool use. To recap the pros:
They are odorless and non-toxic.
They feel and look more natural and realistic, few people will realize they are fake nails.
Have glossy finish which makes them very aesthetic as well-being very slim.
They last longer and require less fillings.
Are more flexible making them less prone to damage or lifting.
But like anything, gel nail polish comes with its drawbacks. The UV dryer used to cure the gel nail polish can be unsafe since UV rays have been linked to cause cancer. It is recommended to apply sunscreen to the exposed skin on your hand. There are also no-light gel nail polishes available for those concerned about UV ray exposure. They also tend to shatter rather than crack making repair rather messy and in some cases impossible. Gel nail polish is also more expensive than ordinary nail polishes and for a good reason too. This can be big minus point for some though. To recap the cons:
For an extensive guide on how to apply a gel manicure on your own at home click on gel nails and scroll to how to apply gel nails.
1. First your natural nails are cleaned, trimmed and buffed before having the gel manicure applied to them. Next the plastic extensions are filed and shaped to fit your nail bed before being placed half way down your nail bed and uses glue to attach them.
2. Next the plastic extensions are cut to size as they come extremely long out of the package. Imperfections are filed down and a primer is normally applied (depending on the gel nail polish).
3. Next the nail technician applies the UV gel nail over the entire nail and plastic extension. After this your hands are placed inside a UV dryer to cure the UV gel nail polish. This is repeated for every layer of UV gel nail that is applied. Normally 3 layers are applied. Then they are filed and sculpted for a final last time. You are now ready to enjoy your new gel nails.
There are no-light gels available as well that skip the UV dryer for those concerned about UV rays and the link for cancer.
More Information on Gel Manicure
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