What’s the difference between Gel and Shellac???
Gel nails are artificial nails that look extremely realistic . They are thin, flexible, non-yellowing and non porous. Gel nails give customers a natural look and give them durability equally like acrylic nails. They also feel lighter then Acrylic nails.I’ve had Acrylic nails in the past and much prefer gel to Acrylic. Gel nails are more pricey then acrylic, but about the same as Shellac. For you ladies that like to have patterns-Gel Nails DO allow for this. SHELLAC’d nails DO NOT.
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“Gel nails are applied as a thin layer of gel over the natural nail, with a tip or as a sculptured nail. Sculptured gel nails use a form under the natural nail over which the gel is placed. The gel layer is cured and becomes hard under an ultraviolet light. Usually four or more layers of gel are applied and cured under the light. Removal s a little longer than acrylic removal as gel must be filed off, acetone and polish remover have no effect on gel. Gel nails are more flexible when compared to acrylic nails, this gives a more natural feel as well as a more natural look.
Gel nails are very durable, perfect for the client who works with their hands, cleans often or works outside! Gel is not porous which means that bacteria cannot enter the nail and nail infections under the gel is very uncommon. Since gel is unaffected by acetone, you can paint your gel nails with a regular polish if you so desire for a special occasion!!” –Turning Heads
Nailgasam….for real. They’re so CoCo Chanel
“Shellac, also known as a soak-off gel, is a gel polish hybrid. It is applied like polish with a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat. Between each coat of polish, the nails are cured under a UV light. This hardens the polish so it is instantly dry after your manicure. Shellac has properties of gel, but no filing is needed and therefore no nail damage is associated with soak-off gels. Shellac polish has a high-gloss shine and it is self-leveling so no ridges and imperfections are visible in the nail when using darker, more vibrant colors. A Shellac manicure will last up to two weeks without lifting, chipping or losing its shine. One of the most amazing innovations in nails recently, Shellac is also available for toes, and since it is dry instantly, no flip flops are needed! Perfect for winter pedicures!”
Shellac Experiment Day 2-Still Perfect
My Professional Product Whore Opinion:
Stay tuned. So far, so good. Day two and not a chip or smudge or crack THAT said, someone I work with JUST said: “It looks like you made a mistake since they aren’t all the same color.” I suppose this is true to the untrained Pinterest eye….I decided not to fill him in on the multicolored nail rage:)