Gel polish has become increasingly popular in the world of nail art, offering a longer-lasting, chip-free alternative to traditional nail polish. However, even experienced nail technicians can make mistakes during the gel polish application process. In this post, we'll cover the most common mistakes made by experienced nail technicians when applying gel polish and how to avoid them.
- Not Prepping the Nail Properly
One of the most common mistakes made by experienced nail technicians is not prepping the nail properly before applying gel polish. Proper nail prep is crucial to ensure that the gel polish adheres well and lasts longer. To prep the nail, make sure to remove any oils, dirt, and debris using a nail polish remover or alcohol-based solution. Also, buff the nail gently to create a smooth surface.
- Applying Gel Polish Too Thickly
Another common mistake made by experienced nail technicians is applying gel polish too thickly. Thick layers take longer to cure and are more likely to result in a lumpy or uneven surface. When applying gel polish, make sure to apply thin, even layers, and cure each layer properly before applying the next.
- Not Curing Gel Polish Properly
Curing is an essential step in the gel polish application process. If the gel polish is not cured properly, it may not adhere well and may chip or peel off quickly. Gel which is not polymerised properly can also cause allergic reaction. Make sure to cure each layer of gel polish properly, following the manufacturer's instructions. Also, ensure that the curing lamp is working correctly and that the bulbs are not old or damaged.
- Failing to Cap the Edges
Capping the edges is an important step that is often overlooked by experienced nail technicians. Capping means applying a thin layer of gel polish to the free edge of the nail to seal it and prevent chipping. Make sure to cap the edges properly, and ensure that there are no gaps or spaces that can allow water to seep in and cause lifting.
- Using Too Much Pressure While Buffing
Buffing is an important step in the nail prep process, but it's important not to use too much pressure while buffing. Excessive pressure can cause the nail plate to thin out, making it more susceptible to damage and breakage. To avoid this, use a gentle, light touch while buffing the nail.
- Not Wiping Off the Tacky Layer
After curing the final layer of gel polish, a tacky layer may be left on the nail. This layer needs to be wiped off with a lint-free wipe and alcohol-based solution to reveal a smooth, shiny surface. Leaving the tacky layer on can result in a dull or matte finish.
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In conclusion, avoiding these common mistakes can help ensure that your gel polish application is flawless, long-lasting, and beautiful. Remember to prep the nail properly, apply thin, even layers of gel polish, cure each layer properly, cap the edges, use gentle pressure while buffing, and wipe off the tacky layer to reveal a beautiful finish. Happy polishing!