Guest Blog: 8 Tips for Applying Gel Polish

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Guest Blog: 8 Tips for Applying Gel Polish


There is nothing worse than having an itch you cannot scratch. But if you have gel polish on, you are free to scratch away while allowing your nails to remain absolutely beautiful! For this reason as well as many others, I honestly believe that gel polish is the best thing that has been invented in the nail art industry.

Gel polish is cured under a UV or LED light and is dry before your clients leave the salon. It helps add a little strength to their nails and the top coat remains shiny.

In the nail industry, having new clients comes with the challenge of understanding their nails. Each set of nails are individual, but having consistent nail prep will help eliminate unwanted lifting and chipping. 

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8 Tips on Using Gel Polish:

1.) Make sure you push back their cuticles and nip them if your client will let you. If they will not let you nip their cuticles, use a manicure brush to gently brush extra skin out of your way and off the nail plate.

2.) Lightly remove the shine of the nail, do not over-file. You can use a buffer if you feel more comfortable. Make sure you buff the free edge to remove the extra nail that hides under the free edge after shaping.

3.) Use a lint-free wipe to cleanse the nail so you do not have fuzzies invading your polish. After cleansing the nail, use pH Bond to ensure all oils are removed and the nails are dehydrated.

4.) When applying the gel polish, use thin coats.  The polish should almost appear to be see-through. It is better to apply several thin coats than one thick coat. If the polish is too thick it will not cure properly or the polish will wrinkle.

Note: I have found that some gel polishes are thicker than others so be very careful that you are applying thin coats.

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