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Nail prep is essential before applying gel. Make sure your nails are free of any oils and are dry. Gently buff the surface of the nails with a nail buffer, this will help the gel adhere to the nail correctly. Another important step is to seal the edges of your nails with the color and top coat by swiping brush horizontally onto the edge of nails. This will help prevent chipping which could lead to peeling.
Tips to avoid chipping:
- Before applying, ensure your nails are completely dry, clean and oil-free.
- Don't apply gel on the skin or cuticle.
- Applying thin coats is the key!
- Cap the edge of each nail with the top coat to seal the gel well by swiping horizontally with the brush, back and forth.
Note: Gel polish can chip easier than others based on their lifestyle and hinder a gel manicure's longevity. Every individual is different! Some people have oilier skin than others, which require more prep of cleansing the nail and adding a bonder before color. Personally, we have had greater success with gel manicure by adding a gel builder underneath the nail (such as our polygel or a clear gel builder of any sort) it helps the gel adhere to the nail better and reduce the risk of chipping or peeling!
Wrinkled or bubbled gel polish happens because:
1.The polish is likely to be too thick and this thickness prevents the UV light from completely curing the gel polish at the lower layer.
2.You did an inadequate nail surface preparation.
Before applying gel polish on nails, proper nail surface preparation has to be done.(Do buff the tip or free edge of the nails to remove any burs.Clean the nail surface with alcohol and apply bonder/dehydrator.)
3.Old or inadequate UV lamps will not cure gel polish properly. We recommend thin coats, and to fully cure the gel under the lamp based on the wattage and strength of the bulbs. Every lamp is different but we recommend to cure the LED minimum of 60 seconds UV 2 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE: White and black gel polishes tend to wrinkle or bubble more than any other shades. Most lights will reflect away from the white color so if white gel polish is too thick, as the top layer cures, this cured layer will prevent light from coming through and there will not be enough light energy to go cure the lower layer. On the contrary, lights will be absorbed by the black gel polish and after the top layer cures, it will also prevent sufficient light to go deeper to cure the lower layer. Make sure you only apply thin coats when using white or black gel polish. You can always add one more layer if the shade is not what you like yet. The time it takes to apply one more coat is much less than the time it takes to remove the polish and it back again.
Remove the Gel Polish
- Step 1: Lightly buff off the shine from the top of nails using a nail buffer.
- Step 2: Soak a cotton ball or pad with nail gel remover and place on top of each nail.
- Step 3: Wrap the nail with aluminum foil or any nail wrap to secure and allow the remover to soak.
- Step 4: Soak for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- Step 5: Remove cotton and foils one at a time and gently push off gel using a removal wand. Gel should come off easily without much effort. If necessary, re-saturate cotton and rewrap fingers and soak for 5 more minutes.
- Step 6: Lightly buff nails again and apply cuticle oil to hydrate and strengthen.
Method 1: Acetone-Free
Items that you need to prepare: A nail cutter, An e-nail file or a file with small grit ( from 120 to 150), A 180 grit nail file, Two buffing cubes ( one for smoothing out the nail surface, the other for polishing it; a professional buffing cube can have both the two functions, each on one side: smoothing and polishing), Cuticle oil(If you have.)
- Step 1: Cutting any extra nail length with a nail cutter. To make it easier to work with your nails later on, you had better remove any extra length. If you wish to keep the length of your natural nails, then only trim out the polygel extensions.
- Step 2: Gently rubbing the polygel layer away Use the e-file or the 120 grit nail file to remove most of the polygel from your nails, moving from the cuticle to the tip of the nails. When using the e-nail file, you need to be careful not to take off the top layers of natural nails. Remember to set the e-file at low speed. It is fine to leave some polygel on your nails.We will take care of it in the next step.
- Step 3: Remove the remaining polygel. Once you have finished with the e-nail file/120 grit file, use the 180 grit file to gently buff off the remaining layers of polygel. Keep in mind that at this step, you need to be very patient and careful, don’t rub too hard, otherwise, your natural nails will get damaged.
- Step 4: Smooth out and polish the nail surface with buffing cubes. Filing off the polygel outlay will inevitably cause some scratches and imperfections in the nail surfaces. Use a soft buffing cube to smooth out all the scratches and imperfections.
- Step 5: Hydrating the cuticles. Applying some cuticle oil to your nails to add some moisture back to your natural nails. Gently buffing the nails.
Method 2: Wrapping
Items that you need to prepare: A cuticle pusher, A nail file, Cotton balls, Aluminum foil sheets cut into pieces, Acetone
- Step 1: Cutting any extra nail length with a nail cutter.
- Step 2: Buff the top layers of polygel outlay. First, you need to break the seal at the tip of our fingers. If you have cut off the polygel extension, then you already did that. Use the buffing cube to make the polygel buffy and cloudy so it will get removed more easily when reacting with acetone.
- Step 3: Divide cotton balls into pieces that are big enough to cover your nails. Saturating them with acetone
- Step 4: Foil wrapping. Cover the surface of your nails with cotton pieces soaked with acetone. Use Aluminum foil pieces to wrap up the top of the finger. The less air you let inside, the quicker the polygel gets loosened. (*Wait for the acetone to do its job for 10-12 minutes.)
- Step 5: Peeling off the polygel. After 10 minutes, unfold the aluminum foils. At this time, the polygel kind of peeled off itself. Use the cuticle pusher to gently scrape off the remaining polygel, moving from the cuticle part to the tip.
- Step 6: Smooth and polish the nail by buffing.