Our gel nails, gel polish, shellac FAQ:
Is applying gel nails / gel polish painful?
If the gel is applied in a professional and correct way on your natural or artificial nails, it is completely painless. If you have a painful sensation during or after you treatment or your nails are red after the treatment, then your nail stylist has probably filed through your nail plate. This is unfortunately a common mistake with inexperienced or "ad hoc" nail stylists.
Should the gel coat on my nails be thick or thin?
The gel layer on your own nails or on your artificial nails should resemble as closely as possible the shape of a beautiful, natural nail. A common mistake is that the gel layer is applied far too thick on your nails. Such errors are normally a result of inexperience and / or poor training or using the wrong products. Of course such "thick and bulbous' nail is aesthetically very unpleasing!
What is the difference between gel nails and acrylic nails?
Gel nails on the one hand and acrylic nails on the other hand are applied in a different manner, and the hardening of these products is completely different. An important difference is that acrylic nails can be harmful to your natural nails and gel nails aren't due to the method used. Acrylic nails are normally removed with acetone-based products which can be harmful to your natural nails. Please also note that due to the monomeres in acrylic nails, these easily could trigger allergic reactions!
Do your own natural nails get damaged by having gel nails applied?
If artificial nails or gel on your own nails have been placed in a professional and correct manner, your nails will not get damaged but will even be reinforced. However, this only applies for gel nails (not acrylic) and we also assume that your nail technician is experienced and uses good products. But if your nails are sore / red, mistakes were made by your nail stylist (filing through your nail bed, ...). The filing through your nail bed is a mistake that indeed can nullify the reinforcing effect of gel nails and even weaken them. The choice of nail salon is therefore quite important! We also do not recommend acrylic nails due to the use of certain acetone-based products.
Can you do everything with gel nails?
Gel nails are stronger than your own nails. Therefore in principle you can do anything with artificial nails what you normally would do. Of course you need to pay attention to the length of the nails that you want. After all, (very) long artificial nails will be (more) difficult to work with if you're active with your hands. Then a slightly shorter nail would of course be a solution ... Not using your nails as tools and being careful with aggressive (cleaning) products is naturally recommended, as you would do with your own natural nails. In summary, choose a length according to your work and home activities.
Can nail biters benefit from artificial nails?
The natural nails of nail biters and problem nails (cracked nails, brittled nails, ...) can usually be perfectly taken care of by placing artificial nails or strengthening your natural nails with gel, even if your natural nails are very short. But keep in mind that your natural nails must have a certain minimum length in order to place artificial nails, although even very short nails normally aren't a problem. In this respect, we recommend to show your nails to your nail stylist before you make an appointment.
How much time in between treatments?
Since the gel or artificial nail is placed on your own natural nails, your own natural nails grow further underneath the gel layer and/or artificial nail. Depending on the growth rate of your natural nails, the gel or your artificial nails should be treated again. Usually within 3 to 4 weeks.