Carla Kay (Celebrity Manicurist) gives expert video advice on: What are 'gel nails'?; How are gels different from acrylics?; What is the benefit of getting gels on my nails? and more...
What are 'gel nails'?
It is exactly the name that it says: it's a gel. You apply the gel over the nail bed, and then you go into a UV light which actually bakes the gel in place, and hardens it. Once it's removed from the UV light, they kind of lightly buff it and smooth it out. A lot of people like to wear gel nails because it's more of a shiny, clear, natural look.
How are gels different from acrylics?
Gel nails are different from acrylics because there are less steps to take. You are just removing the natural oils from the nails, applying the gels, going into the light, follwed by a light buff. There are a lot less steps with gel nails versus acrylics nails.
What is the benefit of getting gels on my nails?
The benefits of gelled nails are that they hold polish longer than a natural nail would. If you have a broken nail, you use an extension of gel. If all ten are broken, and you don't want to cut down all of your finger nails, you can use an extension of gel. On those that you apply it, your nail grows out. It's very easy and simple.
Are there any risks associated with gel nails?
The risk associated with gel nails would be like acrylics. If they're lifting or if they're burning you might be allergic to the products. You could be allergic to acrylics or gels. Your cuticles might be inflamed red, or just painful. Once it's applied, you'll know within a few hours if you're allergic to this or not.
How often do I need to get my gels filled?
It depends on the individual, because some people's nails grow faster than others. Some people could get theirs filled every week, every other week, or three weeks. It depends on how fast your nails grow. If there's any lifting, you need to go in sooner.