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Gel Nail Polish

They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but there’s nothing wrong with a woman’s outer beauty matching her inner beauty. However, it’s important that the approach we take is a healthy one. When considering a manicure, there are several choices: traditional manicures, acrylic or gel enhancement manicures, as well as a hybrid product called a gel polish manicure. Many people refer to a gel polish manicure as “shellac.” Shellac is a brand name much like Kleenex is a brand of tissues. Many women love the natural look of a traditional manicure but are not satisfied with how quickly the polish chips.
    Acrylic or gel nail enhancements can add length and sturdiness to nails that are short or prone to chronic splitting or breaking. Because these products are intended to build, you will get a result that has more bulk than a traditional or gel polish manicure. Traditionally, enhancement nail services need to be filled every two weeks.
    A gel polish manicure gives you the best of both worlds because it’s nail polish that shouldn’t chip for two solid weeks, looks just like your natural nails, and is completely dry and shiny the second you are done with your manicure. Licensed Nail Technician, Casey Pirtle from Fox & Hounds Hair Studio & Day Spa says, “Gel polish manicures are a great choice, but there are definitely some things you should look out for.” First and foremost, Casey says choose a well-established salon with experienced and licensed nail technicians who will understand and have knowledge to answer any questions you have about the procedure.

    Gel lacquer is a hybrid product of gel, a polymer, and nail lacquer. Traditional gel nails can be used as an enhancement to lengthen nails. Gel lacquer is applied like nail polish. The main difference between traditional nail lacquer and gel lacquer is that between each coat, gel lacquer is cured under an L.E.D. After the top coat has cured, 99-percent alcohol is used to remove the remaining tacky layer. You are left with a high shine, long lasting, completely dry finish. You can immediately stick your hand in your pocket without any smudging.
    A typical gel polish manicure involves shaping the nail, pushing back the cuticles, applying the gel lacquer directly to the nail, and finally placing the nails under the light source. To remove the gel lacquer, a professional will lightly buff the shine off the top of the lacquer then wrap the nails in 100-percent pure acetone soaked removal pads.
    One of the concerns that has been raised about the gel lacquer procedure involves the use of ultra-violet lights and the risk associated with skin cancer. “An understandable concern,” Casey explains, “however, the nail industry has made many advancements in the last couple of years. Most often, L.E.D. lights have replaced any U.V. light used during the early days of gel polish.” Casey suggests asking the salon you choose what type of light they use for curing gel products.
    Another concern is the exposure to acetone for removal. Casey suggests that clients choose a salon that will gently buff the shine off the top coat which decreases the time needed to soak the nails. Well-established salons will also use removal wraps, like “expert touch” by OPI, to keep the acetone only on the nail as opposed to soaking your hands in bowls of acetone.
    Casey says, “Occasionally, we will have a guest that is positive that they have gel polish on their nails, but it is impossible to soak off. There are some businesses that will apply one thing and claim it is something else.” Here is a guide to knowing what is being applied to your nails.
    Gel enhancements look like gel as it’s applied. Gel enhancements are never a powder and liquid. Gel enhancements are always cured under a U.V. or L.E.D. light. The product will not harden without being exposed to a U.V. or L.E.D. light. A gel enhancement is not a soak-off gel product like a gel polish. It is a polymer, the same as acrylic. The difference is the form of the product prior to curing. Acetone will have no impact on gel enhancements.
     Acrylic enhancements start as a liquid and powder. The brush is dipped into the liquid and then dipped in the powder. It will form a ball that is the consistency of tooth paste when applied to the nail. It hardens after application through a chemical reaction. Acetone will eventually break down acrylic enhancements, although it is a very lengthy process.
    Gel polish is a hybrid between traditional lacquer and gel. It is almost always in a bottle that looks like a traditional nail polish bottle. It can be easily soaked off with acetone.
    Traditional polish can be removed with any polish remover by simply saturating an absorbent wipe with the remover and rubbing it over the polished nail.
    Gel polish has improved tremendously in the last couple of years. Dehydration of the nail after prolonged use had previously been a very valid concern. Professional gel polish manufacturers have poured a tremendous amount of research into this relatively young technology. That isn’t a concern like it used to be, even a couple of years ago. If it’s been a while since you’ve tried gel polish, now is a great time to check it out again.

    For more information, you may contact Casey at Fox and Hounds Hair Studio and Day Spa, 309-829-0482. Fox and Hounds is located in the Monroe Center in Downtown Bloomington.



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