Firstly, what even are Aprés Gel-X Nails? It’s important to mention that the process — created in 2017 — is the world’s first soft-gel nail extension system. Think of Gel-X nails as a sophisticated press-on made completely out of gel. Unlike acrylic nails, which involve placing extensions solely at the tip, Aprés nails cover the entire nail bed, fostering a safer space for encouraging your nails to grow naturally with far less potential for damage. A key component for me to align with Aprés was its ethical approach. Safe nail care for the technician as well as the client is huge. The extra bonus is it’s a soak-off system, so it aligns with less manipulation to the natural nail. That’s a top tier priority in my book, since my focus is on maintaining nail health.
There are a few notable differences when comparing classic acrylic vs gel nails using the Aprés method. Aside from the easy removal process (Gel-X nails soak off with acetone), there’s no hard drilling, so nail beds are not irrevocably damaged before or after treatment. However, it’s the health benefits that have even the strictest wellness lovers changing their minds about nail extensions. We all know the signature nail salon smell. It’s universal. Many people are not aware of the toxins that these environments produce. Those toxins Stewart is referring are formaldehyde and casting resins, found in abundance in acrylic powder.
Aprés nails from acrylic, creating a safer space for anyone who steps foot in the nail salon. It’s safer for everyone, including the nail tech. It uses [fewer] drills and makes less dust, which in turn is better for the nail tech, the other customers in the shop, and for the client. They offer every shape and length under the sun. We’ve been working [with] Aprés since the beginning, so we’ve seen when they had limited shapes and now we see they have everything. They even have extensions with cut-outs in the nails; the brand is constantly evolving.
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