(Closed) Quick question for anyone who had gel nails!

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

A gel manicure is a type of manicure that uses gel to bind the synthetic fingernails to the natural nails. Unlike acrylic nails, gel nails are stronger and less likely to chip. Gel can also be applied over natural nails to keep them healthy and long.

Natural nails continue to grow under the gel, and a gel manicure can improve the health of natural nails. The gel acts as a shield against anything that might weaken or damage them, such as moisture or other elements. After this type of manicure, natural nails are stronger and more durable, as long as they were filed and maintained properly before the manicure.

– info copied from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-gel-manicure.htm

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@Ms_Smitten: They totally can! I just did mine a couple of days ago!

 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@Koala Bear: Awesome thanks!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

OK – I guess I am the only one who did not enjoy my gel manicure. I got them for the first time for the wedding. They looked lovely. Then I went on my honeymoon and they chipped a bit. The only problem that you have to go to the salon to have them removed. There was no such salon where I was in St Lucia, so I ended up peeling them off and they ruined my nails. I will not be doing gel again.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I would also try the UV kind, because not only are they cheaper than the bio-gel type the colour/design/fench tip is set into the nail using UV lighting so they don’t really chip away.

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@magilnyc: Yeah the key is not to pull them off yourself, otherwise they will ruin your nails (don’t worry i did that last time too, but i’ve learnt my lesson!)

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Love them, and I will be doing them for my wedding, too. In fact, since my nails break a lot, I will start getting gel nail manicures about a month before my wedding to protect my nails and allow them to grow. They are awesome!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@bells: I just had them done because I was in a wedding this weekend and I really like them. I hate acrylics because I have nice natural nails, but the gels are great!

They filed mine down (not the whole nail, just the ends because I wanted them shorter), and they used a white polish to do the french manicure. I’m not sure they would be able to add any length, so you might want to talk to the technician about that before you get started. I will totally be doing these for my wedding. Ringing endorsement right here.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I have to add something to this conversation.  I’ve gotten what was alleged to be a “Gel nail” at your typical discount nail salon.  They still used a powder, chemical mix, and buffed my nail with a drill.  This ruined my nails when i needed them off. 

Make sure the place you are getting them done is reputable and not telling you what you want to hear.  I know both Shellac (hybrid) and Calgel are good from personal experience.  A real gel manicure should be applying a gel consistency (not a powder and liquid mixed that turns to gel) and it must be cured using a UV light between each nail.  

You CAN get extensions with gels.  This is called nail sculpture.  The tech will place a round contraption on the end of your finger and paint the gel onto this beyond your nail.  You UV cure with  the contraption on, and then it’s taken off.  You have a long cured gel nail.  I’ve had this done, it was perfect for a special occassion but pricy because of the time it takes to do well. 

Just be very careful getting “gel” at a discount nail place, they may not actually have it those it’s advertised or called that.

Mary 

 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I also got gel manicure done and it was great in regards to chipping and whatnot.  The only issue  was getting it off.  You cannot do it at home.  You have to go get it taken off properly by a salon.  For someone that only gets a manicure every once in a while, this was a pain.  But if you are fine going every 2-3 weeks then it would would great for you.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Generally, a real gel manicure can be removed with soaking your nails for about 5-10 minutes in regular nail polish remover.  If this doesn’t work, than it’s probably not a true gel nail and they used a polymer or other chemical adhesive.

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