Thursday, 14 November 2013

Nail Series #Gel Polish xxx

Hi Birdies!

A different post for you today. I want to do a small series about all the different nail treatments out there. What they do, how to use them, how long they last and what damage they cause to your natural nails.

As you can see from the title and of course (yesterdays post gave me the idea!) I am going to start off with Gel Polish.


What is Gel Polish?

First of all the nail needs to be prepared well. So in theory you need a mini manicure. This consist of nail shaped and filed, cuticles pushed back and the nail plates to be cleaned and dehydrated. Then the gel polish consists of 3 different layers. The base coat, the colour and then a high shine top coat. Each of these layers then need to be cured under a UV lamp or LED lamp. It goes on like a nail polish/varnish, but wears like a gel bonder.


Who Sells This Product?

Most beauty salons now, do gel polish and a lot of mobile beauty therapists do them too. As you can see from my pictures, many different companies do gel polish and this is just a few that I have mentioned. 100's of companies are copying each other and putting their own spin on it. However, most only sell to retailers and beauty salons, then that way, you keep going back to your local salon. Although, you could by your own set, but that could set you back quite a lot of money, in fact a couple of hundred pounds, plus.

How Long do They Last?

This is a tricky one to answer. There is a lot of controversy between all brands. Who lasts longer? Who's is the shiniest top coat? Who's don't ruin the nails etc, etc, etc!
Well, I have been trained in nails since 2007, so that's a good 6 years of experience under my belt. I have been using gel polish for the last 2 years and it was launched in 2010 first, by CND. Then obviously others followed with their versions. In that time, I have used a lot on my clients, used a lot on myself and because I blog, I have tried and tested  A LOT!
So most companies/reps, that have asked me to try their brand, always say: 'a great brand, last for 2-3 weeks, doesn't damage the nail and the shine is fantastic!'
Ok first of all, the shine does usually last on most of the gel polish top coats. I have never had a problem with them. As for longevity, it really does depend on what you do for work, how you treat them and who put them on. If they are put on the correct way, then they will last longer. If you sit and watch TV all day, they will last probably for 6 weeks! If you are working in a kitchen and your hands are always in water, then they could last a week. If any longer, they will still be on the nail, just maybe a few nix here and there. It seriously does depend on what you do and how you treat them. I just wish that suppliers wouldn't sound so sure that their product, definitely will last for 2-3 weeks. Anything with amount of force will break in time.

Which Product/Company Should I Use? 

In my opinion, they are all practically the same. I haven't had any issues with any of them. Just as long as the actual person doing them, preps the nail properly.



Do They Damage The Natural Nail? 

This is the million dollar question..........
Every company has said that none of their products ruin the nail or make them weak. Let me explain.........

First of all, to prepare the nail you need a mini manicure, as said before. After that, you then need to take the natural oils away from the natural nail plate, by using a dehydrator. That in itself, is letting the nail suffer. We were born with natural oils, they are there for a reason. The moment you take that away, its going to dry up the nail plate and in theory make it more brittle. Secondly, when having a layer of gel, your natural nail isn't going to breathe, like it does without it. Look at this this way, you wouldn't wear a thick layer of theatrical makeup for 2 weeks and not wash it off??? If you did, your pores in your skin would block, causing spots and black heads, your skin could become dry, not breathe and look/become very old in age. Ok, so your nail isn't going to produce spots and black heads! But lets face it, it won't breathe and could become very brittle and damaged. Thirdly, when taking off the gel polish you saturate a cotton pad in Acetone, wrap it up in foil and then wait for upto 20 minutes. As soon as the acetone hits the natural nail, that too, is drying it out. Last but not least, if your nail tech does not remove your gel nails properly, again you are going to have bad nails underneath. If they peel it off, they are taking a few layers of your natural nail too! Leaving you with thin, soft nails.



In a Nut Shell

In my personal opinion, it really does depend on who you go to and how they treat your nails. Nails are very delicate and, with even a little force, they can damage quite easily. Gel polish nails are not as damaging as some nail enhancers, but I do think even with the softest touch and the best nail tech, nails can still be damaged. That's not the nail tech's fault, it just because we are not letting the nail be at a natural state. However, some people are not blessed with good nails (like myself) Some people's nails can be thin, brittle, split, peel and just brake. If your one of these people, get these done 100%. They strengthen them and can promote growth, because they have, in theory, have a shell on them. If your a person with great nails, you can still get them done, by all means. Just choose the right salon and the right person. It makes all the difference. Just don't expect the same nails after so many applications, every 2 - 3 weeks. I personally think, there will be a difference in your natural nails. If your like me and cannot stand chipped nails after a couple of hours, go for a gel nail manicure! For that reason, they are amazing!



I hope this has helped and I hope I don't put any off you off. Lets face it, a little bit of everything now and again, is not so bad after all!

What do you think and have you had a gel mani?

Big Love


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