Nailed it – Gel Nails explained

We’ve all been there…hours perfecting your polish only to have the results ruined seconds later when you reach for your keys and manage to smudge your newly varnished nails. Or even if you do have the patience to wait for your nails to dry, it’s not long before you’ve fallen victim to the dreaded chipped (not so chic) look. Thankfully, there is a solution with gel nails.


Unlike traditional manicures, gel nails can last up to 3 to 4 weeks without chipping, peeling or fading. There are no dents or scratches, leaving your nails beautiful and chip free. At PureSun, they offer a gel manicure for £26. The treatment begins with a revitalizing manicure, where their trained technicians clean, buff and shape your nails, removing any unwanted cuticles, ensuring they are in the best possible condition before applying the polish. You are then given a choice of colours, with everything from vibrant brights to subtle shades, perfect whatever your preference. Once you’ve picked your colour, a base coat is applied, before the coloured polish. Between each coat, the nails are placed beneath a special UV light; allowing the nails to dry quickly and ensuring you avoid any smudging on the way home. To seal the nails a topcoat is applied and the nails are placed a final time under the UV lamp.


For the best results the experts have a few insider tips –

  1. Choose a comfortable nail length

If you are getting your gelish nails done make sure it’s a length that you can maintain.  Even though gels are strong and less prone to damage or chipping, the longer your nail the more it may be prone to getting damaged, plus a comfortable nail length allows you to do more activities without worrying about your nails.

  1. Choose a light colour

Using a light colour means that your colour will look fresher longer as they are less likely to show any imperfections, plus when your nails start growing out it will be less obvious to see the growth.

  1. Use Gloves

Buy a pair of gloves. If you are one to clean often, get yourself a pair of gloves to protect your nails.  This will keep your nails shiny and avoid drying of the nail bed.

  1. Moisturise

Keep you hand and nails moisturised.  With gelish nails you need to make sure your natural nails are kept moisturised as the gels can extract moisture.  This will make them less brittle and healthy.

  1. Do not peel your nails

As tempting as it may be, don’t pick your nails. If it’s time to remove your gels, contact your nail salon. Peeling will damage your nails and cause them to get dry and brittle, so even though it may be a bad habit, say no more to peeling!

  1. Reapply and Gel Diets

After 2/3 weeks, go back to your nail salon for a new application.  A gel treatment will last for up to two weeks without chipping, dulling, cracking or peeling, so keep your polished look going by getting your nails reapplied.  In between appointments, get your gel soaked off and treat your nails with moisturisers or cuticle oil. Like most nail treatments, it is advised to give your nails a few days break before reapplying, so go on a gel diet every now and then to keep your nails happy and healthy.

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