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Guest Blog: 8 Tips for Applying Gel Polish
5.) Remember, when your client has her hands laid flat, her thumbs are turned to the side. This may make the polish run and pool, causing it to be thick and to not cure properly or at all. If you find this happening, do the thumbs separate and have your client rest her thumbs flat in the light.
6.) Make sure you seal the free edge and that no polish is on the skin. Polish on the skin will cause lifting.
7.) Here's a little trick: if your clients think their manicure is looking a little "dull" after a couple days, have them wipe their nails with some rubbing alcohol and it will help make the top coat shiny again.
8.) Lastly, remind your clients that if their manicure has some kind of chipping or lifting, they should gently smooth the polish with a file until they can come see you. Peeling off gel polish is not good for their nails and it will make nails weak. As an added bonus, I give my clients the file I used on them before they leave my table. This way, their nails will remain healthy and strong and they will keep coming to you.
I especially like gel polish because I do a lot of nail art. The gel polish seals in my designs and my clients can enjoy them the entire 2 weeks before their next appointment. I use acrylic paints, and it is extremely important to allow your acrylic paints to dry before using your top coat. If you do not allow your acrylic paint to dry, then the paint will bubble under the top coat and peel off.
In my experience, gel polish can last 2-3 weeks without chipping. I do find, however, that there are some elements that change that time frame. For example, how hard your client is on her nails, if she is working with any chemicals, or whether her nails are naturally oily can all affect the longevity of the polish. I have had gel manicures last 4 weeks and some that have lasted a week. Whatever the case may be, the more consistent you are in prepping their nails, the greater the likelihood of a long-lasting manicure.
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