Gel Manicures and Pedicures at Happy Feet
What’s So Great About Gel Polish?
The features and benefits of modern gel polish are many.
Gel polish wears considerably longer than normal nail polish, requiring fewer trips to the salon, allowing for greater intervals between applications, and saving precious time for busy women. Gels typically stay on for two to three weeks, needing attention only, or largely, because of the natural growth of the nail near the cuticle.
Further, gel polish is significantly more durable than nail polish and highly chip-resistant, even for those who work with their hands.
Gels not only wear longer and are more durable, but they cure instantly, so that smudges, track marks, and ruined manicures and pedicures are largely things of the past. The instant-dry feature is an especially big appeal to women who can now slide into their boots or shoes without waiting for their nails to dry.
In addition, today’s gel polish gives women a varied and rich choice of shades, comparable to the broad range of offerings available for nail polish.
Modern gels also cure quickly to a shiny, enduring high gloss finish and, unlike acrylics or even polishes, pure gel polish has no smell associated with their application.
But, very importantly, this newest generation of gel polish goes on, and comes off, more easily, and is dried or cured, more quickly.
Are Gel Manicures and Pedicures For Everybody?
Gel polish in general, costs a little bit more than traditional nail polish.
While the time it takes to apply gel polish has decreased substantially with each new generation, it still takes longer to complete a gel manicure than, for example, a quick nail polish change. Moreover, the removal process for gels is less convenient than a simple wipe with a remover to take off nail polish.
How Is Gel Polish Different From Nail Polish?
Gels are nail “enhancements” that “build up” the nails. Nail polish is a simple thin, film coating.
Gels have different features and properties than nail polish. Nail polish is more easily and quickly applied, and more easily removed, than gels. For someone who wants to change colors every day or two, nail polish is a better choice than gels.
What Are Gels?
Gels contain three primary ingredients pre-polymers, light initiators, or colorants. The backbone of gel systems are pre-polymers, urethane (meth)acrylates. These (meth)acrylates, derived from building blocks called monomers, are color-less, sensitive to light, and cure, or polymerize, when exposed to light. Photo-initiators or accelerators are added to the formula to initiate and speed the curing process. Lastly, a colorant, such as a pigment, or, in the case of a hybrid system, colored nail polish or dispersant may be added to the gel.
What Are Some Uses of Gels?
Most gels are applied over the natural nail to create a gel coating. Gels can also be applied over nail tips. They can be applied over nails to create a shiny surface or longer wear time. Gels can be used as nail art to create intricate shapes and designs.
LCN Wilde Pedique Gel was developed specifically for corrective and restorative toe nail treatments.
The gel resin has the ability to bond to a surface, add strength and harden with a glossy finish, whilst at the same time adapting to the movements of the toe due to its flexibility.
The results can be achieved even on callus layers of skin- very suitable where a toenail is missing or damaged or in the case where a nail has surgically been removed and there is an unsightly regrowth; thus effective on scaly nail surfaces as it can conceal ridges and deformations and hide discolouration (in the case of fungal nails).
The Wilde Pedique gel once applied and cured will essentially look like and cut like a regular toe nail. It is an ideal solution for those clients who are looking for a cosmetically pleasing look and at the same time help stopping the snagging of the nail and possible infection. It does need refilling every 4/6 weeks until the nail is grown fully.
How Safe are Gel Systems?
Gels have been on the market for over three decades without any significant issues. Moreover, today’s gels are better, faster and safer than ever.
The primary building blocks of gels are urethane (meth)acrylates. These are in wide use in many industries and in many applications, including ones used by surgeons, physicians, and dentists.
After thorough study and review, the Expert Panel of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR),based in Washington, D.C., found the monomers responsible for the polymerization of gels to be “safe as used” in nail enhancements. In reaching its conclusion, the CIR, however, cautioned Gel that skin contact should be avoided due to the potential for sensitization or allergic-type reactions.
Insofar as the lamps for gel systems, again, today’s lamps are better, faster, and safer than ever.
While the lamps emit UV-A and UV-B rays, the amounts are very low, especially given the infrequency of exposure (every two to three weeks) and the short exposure intervals for each coat.
The typical exposure time for even the more traditional lamps is only one to two-minute intervals per coat. Traditional lamps typically utilize only two (or sometimes four) UV bulbs of only 9-watts each. These bulbs contain special internal filters which remove almost all of the UV-B. The amount of UV-B to which a client is exposed from gel lamps is about the same as spending 17 to 26 additional seconds in sunlight each day of the two weeks between appointments.
The resulting exposure to UV-A is the equivalent of spending 1.5 to 2.7 additional minutes in sunlight each day between salon visits, the amount of time it might take to walk to a car.
Further, today’s more modern LED lights and gel systems require only 15 to 30 seconds per coat and result in even less UV exposure.
Some critics have unfairly compared gel lights to tanning beds. Tanning beds typically have twelve individual 100-watt bulbs. Moreover, tanning beds contain internal reflective material on large surface areas intended to increase exposure. Also, tanning bed users often utilize these devices more frequently and for much longer durations.