Craving feminine gel nails but don’t want to spend a fortune on getting a manicure? Well, did you know that you can achieve feminine gel nails on your own and at home with the right set of tools?
A lot of women are often misinformed when it comes to acrylics and gels. If you wish to change this and actually learn a thing or two about gel manicures, keep on reading! We will teach you all that there is to know.
What are gel nails, and what is a gel manicure?
Gel nails or gel-polishes are thicker and sturdier kinds than your typical nail polish. This item needs to be cured and set under a UV or LED lamp for two minutes since it can’t dry off on its own.
Once dried-down, your gel polish will stay on for 2-3 weeks without a need for a touch-up! The best part? You can freely wash your dishes, swim, tan, or do any gym/sporty activity. Your manicure will stay flawless.
What’s the difference between gels and acrylics?
Gel and acrylic nails are completely different manicures.
Acrylic nails are artificial nails that are made with a powder dip and are formed into a nail.
However, gel polish is applied directly over your natural nail. Acrylic nails are usually worn by women who can’t grow their natural nails, and who prefer extravagant & bold colours.
Gels, on the other hand, are worn by women who like to switch up their colours a bit more frequently. They are also a bit more affordable than acrylics + not as time-consuming to get. You can expect to spend around 60 minutes at a salon when getting gel nails.
Will gel nails damage my natural nails?
There is a myth going around that gel manicures are bad for your nails. However, once done the right way (and professionally) you can’t mess up your manicure, or the state of your natural nails!
As long as you are patient & precise, you will enjoy a flawless manicure that won’t damage your natural nails.
The only ”scary” part about gel polishes is their removal process – which can be damaging to your natural nails, but we will talk about this in the upcoming text!
How do you remove gel nails?
The most important rule is remember to n-e-v-e-r lift or pick your manicure!
Your nail beds and cuticles are super sensitive, and you do not want to damage them. Avoid scraping your nail bed aggressively, and use the right approach if you’re removing your gel nails on your own and at home. How? Simply follow these 5 steps:
Step 1: Use a 100% acetone and pour it into a glass bowl.
Step 2: Soak your nails for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Use a light grit nail file and remove the excess product by filing your nails.
Step 4: Scrape off the leftover parts of your manicure with a buffer.
Step 5: Once everything is off, make sure you bring back the moisture with the right cream or oil for your fingernails and hands.
What is the price of gel nails?
The price of a gel manicure can vary from state to state, as well as from country to country. This also depends on the reputation of your manicurist, as well as their skill & knowledge level.
You can expect to pay around £20-£25 for a gel manicure in the UK.
However (and luckily) nowadays you can do gel nails on your own and from your home. All you need is a trustworthy base coat, a beautiful gel polish, and a UV lamp! As long as if you have these essentials you’ll love the outcome, we guarantee you!
Ready To Give Yourself A Gel Manicure?
These five steps are beginner-friendly and every woman will easily follow them. So, are you ready to give your gel polish a chance? Let us know what your preferred manicure is down below, we would love to know!