Is Your Nail Polish Chipped and Cracked All the Time?
Gel nail polish is a godsend for many women. It’s almost impossible to imagine sometimes how some women seem to always have perfect nails while others can’t seem to make a manicure last for even a day! The truth is that some women have a tendency to pick or bite at their nail polish, often times subconsciously, not that this applies to you in any way (wink). Other women just have a natural tendency to chip their nails when doing various tasks. For these women, i.e. most of us, gel polish is a solution to this nagging problem. Who wants to take the time to pretty up their nails only to have it all ruined an hour later, or worse, pay for an expensive manicure only to have to constantly worry about messing it up?
Biggest Advantages of Gel Nail Polish
Gel nail polish has several major advantages over acrylic nail polish. First, your nails will be perfectly dry the instant you are done polishing them. So, even if your furry kitty decides it time to jump in your lap and demand attention, you don’t have to worry about ruining your fresh polish. Second, gel polish lasts up to three weeks, unlike acrylic polish that only last three to five days at best, without getting chipped or scuffed. This is because cured gel polish is hard as nails, pun intended of course. So, go ahead and bring in that load of firewood, crack those walnuts, and refinish the tile in bathroom… you’ll be fine!
How to Choose a Gel Polish for Your Nails
Some gel polishes are cured (made hard) using a UV light while others are cured with an LED light. UV lights are far less expensive than LED lights and the latter offers no real advantage. Therefore, you may want to pick a gel nail polish kit that uses a UV light. Also, gel polishes that cure without any type of light are showing up on the market. However, most women have found they chip and peel much faster than gels cured with a UV or LED light. There are other factors to consider too. Some gel polishes are easier to remove than others. For example, shellac gel polishes are usually much easier to remove. Keep in mind too that a color you love today may get old and boring after a while. You may want to find a kit with a collection of colors, at least one for each season of the year. You may also want at least one really bright and cheery color to use on an accent nail.
Are You a Do It Yourself-er?
Using nail gel polish can be a little trickier than acrylic polish, especially when it comes time to remove the gel. While some gel polish kits offer builder layers, unless you want a real mess on your hands, pun intended of course, you may want to start with something much more simple, or go to a nail salon and let a professional do it. You may also want to start with a kit that features a UV light with a lower wattage since these are considerably cheaper. UV lights used for this purpose usually range from nine to forty-five watts.
Girls Night with Time to Gab
The best way to learn how to apply gel polish is to get together with the girls and learn together, feeding off one another as you gab the night away, especially if one or more of you have already have experience with it. So, order some Chinese food and grab a few bottles of wine and have fun! You can compare notes and try each other’s gel nail kits to get a better idea of what you really like. If you run into trouble, you can always view YouTube videos together to learn new nail design techniques to try out. This can also be a good opportunity to learn how to soak your nails properly to remove old gel polish instead of peeling it off which can cause significant damage to your nails
Don’t Forget Those Sexy Toes
Do you have a hot date with a dreamboat of a guy? Do you want to surprise your hubby on your next romantic getaway? You certainly don’t want to sport a sexy new hand style while leaving your cute little toes unadorned. Gel nail polish works just as great on toenails as it does on fingernails. In fact, many women comment on how resistant to wear gel polish is on toenails when walking on the beach. You don’t have to worry about scuffing up your polish when you playfully draw a big heart in the wet sand around your sweetheart with your big toe.