(Closed) Difference between gel nails and gel polish…help!

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Monte Verde Inn

I think if you go in and ask for “pink and whites” that might help a little? That’s typically what I ask for….and they use gel…not gel polish. I’ve tried the gel polish too, and i’ve tried to like it, but I just don’t.

Another option that I actually love is called the “dips.” I don’t know if every salon does this, but mine does. Basically they don’t use acryclic or anything fake, it is all your real naail. Except they use a certain kind of like hardening polish and they dip your nails in the powder that is used for acrylics. I actually prefer this to gels because it is your real nail with a natural look, but it is also hard and looks really nice. Then when the time comes to remove them after about 2 weeks, they just peel right off. Worth a shot!

Post # 4
4024 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I always got gel nails. they don’t actually put tips on, thats only with acrylics, but they can “make tips” so your nail is longer. Saying the tip thing might be throwing them off 🙂 The product my nail lady used was called gelousy. But salons should now what you are talking about! Maybe say you want fake nails, gels not acrylics, and not the shellac. Good luck! that is frusterating!

Post # 5
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I usually ask for the “clear gel.”  I get clear gel with the gel polish over it so it lasts longer.  Maybe say “clear gel with tips” ?

Post # 6
65 posts
Worker bee

I stopped going to get my nails done because of a lack of understanding when I went in. My pinkie waas grinded down to the thickness of paper. Im going to attempt to find a salon without a language barrier.

Post # 7
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think you’re talking about gel extensions? The salon I go to offers just gel polish or gel extensions where it sounds like they add on tips.

Post # 8
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I had Gelish nails done last weekend, and had tips put on.  The nail tech made them pretty thick.  She put 2 coats of the foundation on, then 2 coats of the colored soak-off polish.


I think what you’re looking for is the LED Gel, which can be used in place of the soak-off polish.

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