Gel nails are a popular option for women looking to achieve a professional looking manicure. There are two different types: hard gel and soft gel. Hard gel is used in artificial nail extensions and soft gel is applied like a nail polish for a long-lasting shine that is often gentler than other alternatives.
Applying gel nails for a professional, high quality finish
Gel nails are great for women who want to achieve a professional looking, high quality manicure with their own nails. The gel is applied in layers like traditional nail polish, starting with a gel base coat, then adding two or three coats of the desired nail colour and finishing with a single gel top coat.
Each gel layer is hardened under an ultraviolet, or light emitting diode lamp for a few minutes and a coat of cuticle oil is usually applied at the end to soften the cuticles.
Gel nails are a popular choice for stylish women
One of the main advantages of gel nails is that they don't have that strong chemical smell that other products can have. They feel natural, won't cause damage to the nail bed and can be easily removed. Gel nails can last for several weeks without chipping or peeling and retain their shine throughout. When you are ready to change your colour, to a red gel nail perhaps, simply use gel soak off nail polish .
Gel nail design: the possibilities are endless
Gel nails can be finished in a wide range of different styles and colours from nudes to reds and black, a green gel is a popular choice, but the choices are endless. With glitter, shimmer, matte and even marble finishes, here's plenty of scope for experimenting with different styles and techniques.
Whatever a woman's preference, from powdered, patterned or textured, to neon, retro or floral, gel nails are a flexible, fun and often fascinating way to bring individual personality to your nails.