There are so many options when it comes to nail polish now that it can be paralyzing deciding which is right for you. But in this guide we’ll tell you all about the differences between gel nail polish and classic polish so you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
Should you choose gel nail polish, or is classic polish the way to go?
More than 100 million people in the U.S. use nail polish. However, nail polish options have come a long way since they first started. You can choose from regular or gel nails, in addition to fake nails and other, newer options. What’s the best choice for your nails?
If you’re committed to keeping your real nails, the choice is between regular and gel nail polish. In this guide, we’ll outline the differences so you can make the right choice. Keep reading to learn more!
If you get a manicure that uses traditional nail polish, it goes something 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.
Of course, you don’t need to go to a salon for a manicure. Many people love traditional nail polish because it can easily be applied at home, without any extra equipment. Regular nail polish is easy to apply and remove, so you can change the color as often as you’d like.
However, traditional nail polish has one major drawback: it’s easy to chip and damage. It can take a long time to dry, but even if it dries without issue, it doesn’t tend to stay on the nails for very long. This can result in frequent touch-ups and reapplications, which can get frustrating. But luckily, this is where gel nail polish comes in.
Gel manicures cost more in the salon than regular manicures do – and you almost always need to get them done in a salon.
Gel manicures also take much longer to finish. The process to apply the polish is much the same as the traditional manicure. Your nails will get shaped and clean, your hands will be taken care of, and the base coat is applied before the color.
Then, the application process changes. After the gel base coat has been added, your nails will be placed under a UV light to “cure” the polish. Each new coat gets set in the UV light after application, right down to the top coat.
Why go through this long process? Many people love the gel nails because they last much longer than standard manicures. 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.
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