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Gel Manicure

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Gel Manicure

Gel Manicure

Gel Manicure
Many women enjoy the polished look and feel that a well-manicured hand provides, but hate the unsightly chips and scratches that traditional manicures are prone to. For those girls who long for manicures with greater longevity, a gel manicure may feel like a gift from above.

A gel manicure requires the utilization of both a special nail polish gel and an ultraviolet (UV) lamp. During the application process, the thin gel polishes—offered in a slew of colors—are brushed on top of natural nails. After each coat, nails are “cured,” or set, under UV light for approximately three minutes. About one hour later, the individual is left with shiny, healthy, natural-looking nails. The gel nail polish will last about two to three weeks, with no need for maintenance—and no chipping or scratching. Once a gel manicure has started to wear, it can easily be removed with pure acetone nail polish remover. Fortunately, your natural nails will look no worse for the wear.

A gel manicure differs from a traditional one in many ways. For starters, gel polish requires setting under a UV light after each coat, in order to properly harden. Also, the gel manicure will take an hour to complete, while most traditional manicures can be done in a quarter of that time. Gel manicures tend to be a bit pricier; in NYC, one application can cost as much as $60. Of course, the upside to the higher cost is that once the gel manicure is complete there is no dry time at all, and you are literally ready to use your hands as soon as you step out of the salon. The gel manicure also won’t chip like a traditional manicure, and can last up to three weeks on most women.

Ultimately, the benefits of a gel manicure are increased longevity and no dry time. The drawbacks are in the price, the limited range of gel polish colors, and the hour-long application process. All in all, it comes down to what is most important to you in a manicure. For those seeking lasting results from their manicures, gel may be the way to go.

-Adina Zilberman, Guest Beauty Blogger

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@fabulous_karina I've tried the at home gel (one that applies over my color coat, and before my top coat) and I wasn't impressed. It's a fifth coat in my already time-consuming 4 coat regimen, and I don't feel that it added any longevity to my manicure. I am pretty rough on my nails and hate taking the time to paint them so I was hoping it would work, but no luck for me :( This comment has been removed.
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I've been wanting to try this for a while. I think with the holidays coming up, it's time! Hope it lasts. I think I'll go for a purplish color. This comment has been removed.
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@shadow_pro You can get it at any Sally Beauty Suply. I am in SoCal so I am not sure what stores would carry it anywhere else. It works though. This comment has been removed.
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I keep wanting to try this, but every time I go to my nail place the color selection is bleh :( This comment has been removed.
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@fabulous_karina where can I find this product?! This comment has been removed.
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i did it it last for a good 3 weeks and looked vary nice just alot of money i right now just get air brush frence with color and gliter with the clear gel i love it it last much longer This comment has been removed.
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I have not tried it, but am interested to hear who has. I like that it lasts longer and looks natural. This comment has been removed.
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i'll try it This comment has been removed.
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I may have to try this. I always seem to ruin manicures any time I've had them, but these seem like they would be more durable. Thanks for posting! This comment has been removed.
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Hmm, looks kind of complicated. But, maybe I'll have to give it a try because now I'm intrigued. This comment has been removed.
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Have any of you guys tried "Gelous" nail gel? It's the best at-home gel product. It does take a few minutes to dry, but if you apply the gel coat and follow with your usual fast-dry top coat it will dry quickly and your mani will last for weeks. This comment has been removed.
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Wow. Didn't know gel manicures existed. Good to know! (: This comment has been removed.
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I love how sleek the gel looks! But when they took my polish off after 2 weeks, they had to drill it off after they soaked my fingers! Is that normal??? This comment has been removed.
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