Having perfect nails is every lady’s dream. Of course, lots of effort is required in order to get the nails you always wanted. Sometimes, regular acrylic nail polish just doesn’t make nails look as fabulous as they could. But is there an alternative? Can you get the quality of gel nail polish without going to a beauty nail salon?
Of course it’s possible, even though a lot of people would say that it’s very complicated and expensive, when in fact – it isn’t. Nowadays, polish sets of gel nails are getting more affordable. You can get your own set for not more than $100, and the quality won’t be compromised. For now, let’s take a look at some basic questions about gel polish first.
What is gel nail polish?
Naturally, gel polish comes in the form of a gel that you apply on your nails. Unlike the liquid acryllic polishes, gel polish only dries, or “hardens” under UV light. While some might see the need for an UV lamp as a drawback, it’s actually worth your while – the gel is more durable and can last for weeks, where regular polish will stay there for not more than a day or two.
Even if you use nail polish remover on your gel polish, it will be very difficult to get off of your nails, which is one good example of how durable it is. After curing gel polish under a UV lamp, the polish becomes very solid, which is very good for people with brittle nails. The chances of breaking a nail are lower, which is good news for all the ladies out there who frequently complain about that issue.
Why use gel nail polish?
It’s sturdier. It’s durable. It supports your nails. These are the top three reasons to use gel polish instead of regular nail polish. Acryllic polishes are found to weaken the nail’s structure, and frequent re-application (every 2-3 days) means you’re nails are likely to get weaker the more you apply regular polish.
With gel nail polish, once you apply it, you no longer have to do it in two or three weeks. Gel polish is not as easily affected by factors of the environment as acryllic nail polish is. This means that even if you wash your hands too often, or like to pick on things with your nails, they’ll still be in perfect shape for a longer period of time.
Who is gel nail polish suitable for? What common brands of it are there?
Let’s say you’re going on vacation. Would you really want to be that person everyone is waiting for all the time? Using gel nail polish can save you some time, that you’d otherwise have to spend doing your nails with acryllic polish. With gel polish, you can do your nails just before you go on your trip, and you’ll have marvelous nails all the time, without moving a finger.
Gel polish is also suitable for doctors, dentists and other medical professionals for whom hygiene is paramount. Such people need to wash their hands very frequently, and we all know what that does to acryllic nail polish. Gel polish allows for a longer lasting manicure, provided you pay a visit to the salon, or invest some money in a gel nail polish set.
Speaking of which, some of the top brands of sets to try are Gelish and Red Carpet, which offer entire systems including a lamp for curing, a pair of files, gel polish, base, top coat and remover. As for brands of colors, there are plenty out there, with the most notable being CND Shellac and RGB cosmetics.
Wrapping it all up – should you use gel nail polish?
By all means, at least try it! Few people ever go back to acryllic polish after trying on a durable layer of gel nail polish. In the past, price used to be the biggest issue, but now there’s a lot of competition on the market, and you can find reasonably well working products for a good price. If you’re curious, but don’t want to rush things, ask your friends if any of them has a gel polish set. Try it out, and see if it’s your cup of tea. In all likelyhood, after a few weeks, you’ll be in a hurry to get your own gel nail polish set.