Gel nail application and removal

Gel nail application and removal require specific steps to ensure a smooth and safe process. Here’s a general guide:

1. Gel Nail Application:

  1. Prepare the Nails: Start by ensuring your nails are clean, trimmed, and free from any old polish or oils. Gently push back the cuticles and lightly buff the nail surface to create a smooth canvas.
  2. Apply a Base Coat: Apply a thin layer of gel base coat to the nails, avoiding the cuticles. Make sure to cap the edges of the nails for better adhesion. Cure the base coat under a UV or LED lamp according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Apply Gel Polish: Apply a thin, even layer of gel polish to the nails, starting from the base and working towards the tips. Avoid touching the cuticles or skin. Cure each layer of gel polish under the lamp as directed. Repeat the process for 2-3 coats for the desired opacity and color intensity.
  4. Seal with Top Coat: Finish the application by applying a thin layer of gel top coat to seal and protect the gel polish. Ensure the top coat covers the entire nail surface, including the edges. Cure the top coat under the lamp for the recommended time.
  5. Wipe off Residue: After curing the top coat, use a lint-free wipe soaked in isopropyl alcohol to gently remove the tacky layer or residue from the nails. This step is called “cleansing” or “dehydrating” the nails.

2. Gel Nail Removal:

  1. Prepare the Nails: Lightly buff the surface of the gel polish to break the top coat’s shine. This helps the acetone penetrate the gel layers more effectively. Be careful not to buff too aggressively to avoid damaging the natural nails.
  2. Soak in Acetone: Soak cotton balls or pads in acetone and place them directly onto the nails. Secure them in place by wrapping aluminum foil around each fingertip. Leave the nails to soak for about 10-15 minutes to allow the gel polish to loosen.
  3. Remove Gel Polish: After soaking, gently slide off the foil wraps and cotton pads. Use an orangewood stick or a cuticle pusher to gently scrape off the softened gel polish from the nails. Be careful not to force or pry the gel off, as this can damage the natural nails.
  4. Moisturize and Nourish: After removing the gel polish, wash your hands and apply a moisturizing hand cream or cuticle oil to replenish moisture and nourish the nails and surrounding skin. This helps restore hydration and promote healthy nail growth.

It’s important to note that gel nail application and removal may have slight variations depending on the specific gel product and manufacturer’s instructions. Always follow the directions provided with your chosen gel polish and consult a professional nail technician if you have any concerns or questions.

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