What is a gel manicure?

A gel manicure is a type of nail treatmentthat uses gel-based nail polish to create a long-lasting and durable finish.Gel manicures have become popular because they offer several advantages overtraditional nail polish, such as extended wear time and a glossy appearance.Here's how a gel manicure typically works:
1.      Preparation: Similar to a regular manicure, the nail
technician will start by cleaning and preparing your nails. This involves
trimming, shaping, and pushing back the cuticles.
2.      Base Coat: A clear gel base coat is applied to your
nails. This base coat helps the gel polish adhere securely to your natural
nails.
3.      Gel Polish Application: After the base coat, layers of colored
gel polish are applied to your nails. Each layer is cured under a UV or LED
light for a specific period of time (usually about 30 seconds to a minute) to
harden and dry the polish. Gel polish doesn't air-dry like traditional nail
polish; it requires the curing process to set properly.
4.      Optional Layers and Design: Additional layers of gel polish can be
applied to achieve the desired opacity and color intensity. Nail art, designs,
or embellishments can also be added at this stage.
5.      Top Coat: A clear gel top coat is applied over the
color layers to seal and protect the manicure. It also provides a high-gloss
finish.
6.      Final Cure and Cleaning: After the top coat, your nails are
cured one final time under the UV or LED light. Any residue or sticky layer
left on the nails is removed using a special cleanser.
7.      Finished Look: Once the curing process is complete and
the nails are cleaned, you'll have a beautifully glossy and durable gel
manicure.
Gel manicures are popular for their longevity. They canlast for around two to three weeks without significant chipping or fading,making them a great option for those who want a manicure that stays pristinefor an extended period. However, it's important to note that the removalprocess for gel manicures typically requires soaking the nails in acetone, andimproper removal can potentially damage your natural nails. For this reason,it's recommended to have gel manicures removed by a professional nailtechnician.
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