Despite our very best efforts, some of us are simply not blessed with the ability to grow long and luscious nails the natural way. Luckily there is a handy solution to this problem and a quick visit to your salon or Spa can help clients achieve their desired look with ease through the application of nail enhancements.
Although the liquid and powder technique still remains a popular choice with technicians across the country, over recent years many professionals have started to introduce their clients to the many benefits of hard gel systems providing them with an alternative way in which to add length and strength to their natural nails.
“Hard gels are getting more and more popular nowadays,” says Moores, Technical Educator “Most companies are putting great effort into creating better and better hard gels to help salon work.”
“Hard gel came about as an easier system to apply than acrylics,” explains Gribble, Salon System Educator. “Chemically, they’re very similar to acrylics, but gels are pre mixed and don’t set X cure until placed under a UV or LED lamp. This gives the technician time to apply the gel and set it once completely happy with the application.”
Differences and Benefits
So, what are the main cliﬁerenoes and advantages of hard gel systems in comparison to not only acrylic enhancements. but also their soft I soak-off gel counterparts?
One key component to their success is that hard gels otter extensions that blend seamiessly with your client’s own nails, providing a more natural look as opposed to artificial. “Like acrylics, hard gels are used to extend and strengthen the natural nail, however hard gels have a little more flexibility than acrylics, and can look a little more natural.” explains Rachel. “Being non-porous, they are a good option for clients in contact with a lot oi water and chemicals, as they’re less likely to lift. The high gloss ﬁnish is also what many clients love about gels.
“[Another] benefit of gels is that they self-level to different degrees, again, making the application easier. Because of this, hard gel requires minimum if not no filing.”
“Hard gels give strength to the natural nails,” adds Kerry. “They also last muoh longer than soak-oft gels – you can be sure even if your client is heavy handed hard gel won’t peel off. lf you use hard gel you will be able to create different designs inside and outside of the nails which gives you rnanv more possibilities than you ever thought.
“When your client returns for an infill or rebaiance you will only file the new nail unlike soak-off gels where you would soak them off and then file the whole nail again creating nail thinning,“ says Kerry. “Always leave a thin layer of hard gel from the previous application. of course if there is any lifting you will need to take this off.
“During inﬁlls it is essential that you perfectly blend the hard gel with the natural nails to prevent lifting lines. Lots of practice will enable you to use your ﬁle perfectly and without damage to the natural nails. “