Gel nails are pretty much a traditional manicure. However, there is a twist to them. If you want to learn more about gel nails, then continue to read on.
First, these types of nails are artificial, but they have taken over the beauty world, and one of the reasons is because of how more realistic they look than acrylic nails. Not only that, but gel nails tend to last for 10-12 days. It is worth noting that they are usually pricier than acrylic nails, as the starting price is around $25 and they can be as expensive as $35, or even more.
There are two main types of gel nails, with one of them being soak-offs and the other one being file-offs, but they both look pretty much the same, but the removal process is a bit different. If you plan on removing the nails at home, then you might want to consider getting soak-offs. Also, let’s not forget to mention that there are quite a few fumes you might endure when you have acrylic nails, but that is not the case when you decide to get gel nails. In other words, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are doing a part to help the environment.
If you don’t really want to head down to the salon on a regular basis, then you can look into getting gel nail polish, but you should know that the process involved in using it may not be as easy as it sounds. You will need to dry the nails for five minutes under a UV light, as this is how you make gel nail polish work for you. However, if you don’t have a UV light, then your best bet is to not use it, but if you are interested in using gel nails polish and you need a UV light, then head down to your nearest beauty supply store, as the chances are they will have some lights for sale.
As for the removal part, you will want to go to a manicurist or you can do it at home. If you decide to do it at home, then don’t bite off the nails or rip them off, as this can leave your natural nails destroyed. Simply get some cotton balls, as well as a cuticle stick, nail file, pure acetone and some nail buffer.
The first thing you will want to do is to take the file and use it until you reach the gel, and then you will take the cotton balls and soak them in acetone. You will use the cotton ball on the top of the nail, and then wrap each finger with foil. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then you will scrape the gel off with the cuticle stick, and then take the buffer if there is any excess residue that needs to be removed.
The removal process may be a pain for some. However, the more you do it, the easier it will become. Plus, it is far better than biting off your mails.
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