Technically, gel nails are simply nail extensions. They are made of a hard gel product which is then cured using an LED. Most of the time, however, the term is used to describe the combination of gel nail extensions with a manicure. Sometimes the term is used to refer simply to any service that makes use of any gel product.
One of the most popular gel nail services is gel polish. Gel polish is a soft gel product, which means that it can’t create a nail extension but does create a beautiful polish effect. When done correctly, a gel polish manicure can last for weeks at a high level of shine. They don’t chip, crack, or peel like conventional manicures. It is also gentler on the nail than a traditional manicure.
Gel nail extensions are different from acrylic nail extensions. Acrylic nails are created using a polymer powder and a liquid monomer mixed together. Gel nail extensions come to the salon pre-mixed, in a bottle or pot of gel. They can be applied clear or they can be colored.
Any type of gel nail service requires curing using a UV lamp or LED. This is because exposure to the UV light is what turns the gel into a hard surface. Without it, the gel will not dry properly. Even after curing, however, gel nail services leave a sticky residue that has to be removed with a high concentrate of alcohol before you leave the salon.
Gel nails are a great choice for anyone who wants their nails to look in top shape for a longer period of time. They can be used to create nail extensions or as a long-lasting nail polish. A good salon professional can make your nails look like you just left the salon for up to several weeks.
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