The Facts about a Gel Polish Manicure/ Pedicure
There are two types of gel, hard gel and soft gel.
Hard gel gets its name because, once cured, it is tough enough to be made into a nail extension. Nail extensions are artificial nails created by using a nail product to extend the nail past the edge of the natural nail.
Soft gel refers to the gel products that are too soft to create a nail extension. This includes gel polishes and thicker gels meant for gel-overlay services. Gel polishes are used for the increasingly popular gel polish manicures. These manicures, when done by caring, experienced, and trained professionals, are gentle to the natural nail and the polish stays intact on the nail for at least a couple of weeks with high shine and no cracking, peeling or chipping.
The product used to create nail extensions using gel or gel nails is gel, not to be confused with acrylic nails which are created using liquid monomer and polymer powder. All gel nail services are performed using some form of gel, which usually comes in pots of gel or bottles of gel polish. Gel also comes in a variety of colours. All forms of gel require curing, or hardening, under a UV (ultaviolet) light, which can be either a conventional bulb or LED lamp.
Gel polish usually contain a mixture of acrylic monomers and oligomers which combine to form long, interlocking chains during the polymerization, a process known as cross linking. These long, bonded chains make the gel hard and chemically resistant. Usually, once the nail extension and/or gel manicure has been finished, there is a residual tacky layer, referred to as the "inhibition layer," that is removed by wiping with a preferably lint-free wipe soaked in high concentrate alcohol. Mojo Beauty has a lovely range of gel nail polish. We are studio based and do Gel Nails at Pamper Parties also.
Pros of gel nail
· Gel nails can allow those allergic to acrylic or nail resin to enjoy an extension service
· Many gel nail clients report that gel nails feel more natural and less rigid than acrylic nail extensions
· Soft gel nails (gel polish) are easily removed with acetone when soaked or wrapped for about 8–15 minutes and do little to no damage to the natural nail
· Gel polish manicures can last up to 3 weeks with no chipping, peeling or cracking
· Leaves a glossier finish
· Gel nails do not produce any odor
· The curing time is very fast when using an L.E.D. light. This can be as low as 5–10 seconds with a 36 watt LED lamp. More powerful lamps are appearing all the time with 60 watts being available at the time of writing.
· Gel polish nails mean nails are dry immediately upon completion of the service so no worry about smudging or ruining one's manicure 
· Holds shine and does not fade like regular nail polish
Cons of gel nails
· They are less durable than acrylic. (Gel nail extensions may not work for those who are tough on their nails, such as those who type a lot, work with their hands, etc.)
· You need a UV light (for example, an UV LED) for the curing process.
· They can be too complicated for people to perform on themselves.
· The nails can increase risk for infection if not done in a professional salon.
· They are more expensive than traditional manicures.
· They are more difficult to remove than traditional nail polish.
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