Nail Polish vs Gel Polish February 20, 2019 – Posted in: Uncategorized

Thinking of getting a manicure but can’t decide whether you want gel or regular/traditional nail polish because you don’t really know the difference? Well, Lets try to clear or differentiate the two as best as we can.

For a manicure that uses traditional nail polish, you would see a process like this. The technician will remove any old polish from your hands, shape and prime your nails, give you a little hand massage, then apply the base coat, polish, and top coat but this is not always the case.

The thing with traditional nail polish is that you do not really need to go to a salon to get it done as you can do it yourself at home. This type of polish is loved by many because it is easy to use and needs no special machinery or tool and is also easy to remove (simply apply acetone or what is commonly known as nail polish remover to cotton wool and rub it over the nail polish on your fingers)

However, with easy comes some disadvantages. Traditional nail polish is easy to chip, fade and damage, it can take a long time to dry, it doesn’t tend to stay on the nails for very long and your creativity is limited which can lead to frequent touch-ups and reapplications, which bring about frustration. But luckily, this is where gel nail polish comes in.

Gel manicures cost more than regular manicures do – and you almost always need to get them done in a salon because they require a certain level of skill and special tools.

Just like the traditional nail polish, the technician will remove any old polish from your hands, shape and prime your nails, give you a little hand massage, then apply the base coat, polish, and top coat. But this process takes longer to finish because each application stage requires the use of a UV/LED lamp to dry the polish as it does not dry under air.

With all this said, you begun to wonder why people go through this long process? Many people love the gel nails because they last much longer than standard nail polish. Gel polish doesn’t chip, so you can keep it on for weeks at a time. You’ll only need to get it changed or removed when your nails grow out too far.

If you’re trying to grow your natural nails out, gel is also a good choice. The gel adds a layer of protection that helps keep your nails from breaking.

However, one drawback of gel polish is that it’s very hard to get off. You might even find yourself going back to the salon for gel polish removal. The polish has to be soaked off. And, if you get gel manicures often, you’ll want to use sunscreen to protect your hands from the potential UV light damage.

That said, gel manicures are great if you use your hands a lot and want your nails to last