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Myths about Gel Nails

Myths about Gel Nails:
1) Myth: Gel nails are soooooo easy to do, they apply just like nail polish! Anyone can do them! (Then why isn’t everybody already doing them?) The truth: “Gel nails are easy to learn, but hard to master”.

2) Myth: Gel nails are “lumpy” because you can’t file them or do finish work. The truth: Gel nails are non-porous and completely cured, there is no reason not to file them to perfection if needed!

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10 Comments on Myths about Gel Nails

  1. I think your comments are correct about gel nails, easy to learn but very hard to get right. I use acrylics by creative nail and they must be the best on the market, still cant get excited about gel nails, maybe I have not found the correct gel product yet ,using OPI gel at the moment dont like the end result time will tell, or maybe time will tell.

  2. Try to use IBD gels. I try so many different and found IBD as best with great results.

  3. hey it’s taken me awhile to get used to gel nails, but i believe the best product on the market is Bio-Sculpture Gel. It’s great but expenxive. I never likes the OPI Gel at all

  4. I was unhappy with how my salon shaped my gel nails. Not only was I unhappy with the shape but the white gel that made my french tip made a bump and the salon didn’t use the clear gel to help smooth out the entire nail. I went home to reshape them on my own. To my dismay I found that reshaping them and trying to buff down the white ‘bump’ was successful but it left the gel not shiny in the places I filed. Even putting some super shiny top coat over top of the gel didn’t completely help make those spots shiny. They still looked matte. I like the gel, I just wish the salon would’ve done a better job.

  5. gingerps…when I have had my nails done in the past, I always tell then ahead of time the shape I want. After all, you’re paying for it, you should have it look how you want it to look. As far as the bump, if that was me, I would have gone back and asked them to fill it in to even it out. If they make a mistake a good salon will fix it for no extra charge:)

  6. Does anyone know of any allergic reactions to gel nails? I recently developed an allergy to acrylic and from what I’ve read, I’m going to have to discontinue use. I did try silk wraps, which were fine, but didn’t care for the look or difference in strength, so went back to acrylic, which is both unbearably itchy and painful at the same time, so they have to go. Looking for alternative. Thank you!

  7. Christine – there are two primary reasons for allergic reactions to the acrylic. The first is the primer, the second is the monomer liquid they mix the powder with. Gel does not require either of these (there are several gel products out there that do not require a primer application and even some of the ones that say they do, don’t). I would recommend trying the gel because you are less likely to encounter an allergic response. Good luck!

  8. After a year of having beautiful gel nails I am having an allergic reaction. We took them off a week ago and my fingers are still in pain. Not to mention, peeling skin and red cuticles. I was told that when they are off they heal up quickly. I haven’t read in any of the info on the internet of anyone seeking a doctor to help clear up. A few of my fingers feel infected and I’m wondering if an oral antibiotic would help with the process. I don’t think I’ll lose my nails, but the skin around them don’t seem to be healing!!!

  9. I have had gel nails done probably for about 5 months or so and I have developed an allergy to them, of course I have very sensative skin to begin with. My fingers did become itchy and developed water blisters on my fingers which did travel to my knuckles on some of my fingers. What I have been doing to stop the redness and itching, as well as the risk of infection was of course washing my hands with warm water and soap. In which does take care of the itching sensation, and then rinsed my hands off with cold water to stop the itching and swelling as well. Then right after I dry my hands I would either put lotion with Aloe to keep the flaky skin moisturized or I would use neosporin on my fingers. Doing this every day about 3 times or more if needed for a week or 2, did heal up my hands. I hope this tip helps those of you wondering how to treat this allergic reaction without having to go to a doctor to get perscribed expensive medication.

  10. im a therapist , and i do both creative acrylics and edge bell , shellac and ibd , i have never had a client have a reaction to acrylic , but i make sure the nails surface is never touched with hands after they have been sterilised and i wear gloves to do the nails , with shellac again i sterilise the nail to prevent contamination , now with gel , a little harder to master the self leveling ones requite the full 2 min curing and pleas make sure there is no gel residue on the skin , each layer must not be rushed , and the end must be cleaned with at 70% alcohol , then apply a oil , , i have personally had a reaction due to cleaning non cured gel on my brushed and not wearing gloves , my skin blistered and split , it was cleared up by hydrcortizone cream from the doctors and i now wear gloves at all times ,

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