Thursday, April 9, 2009

Do you really have gel nails?


We have been getting a lot of people asking if we fill gel nails. After some questions, it is determined that these people DO NOT have gel nails, they have acrylic nails with a gel top coat. These salons are purposely misleading the client and charging them more for a service they are not getting.

If you truly have gel nails, you will know. Gel is in a pot and looks like really thick hair gel. It is clear, translucent pink or white and you don't mix anything. Your technician will put a layer of gel on and you will have to put your hand into a ultra violet light. She will apply two to three layers of the gel, placing your hand into the light between layers.

If your technician takes a brush and puts it into a liquid and then into a powder, this is not gel. This is liquid and powder acrylic. Most technicians will finish pink and white or pink and glitter tip acrylic nails with a gel top coat. This top coat will stay shiny until it is filed off.

Applying a gel top coat to a set of nails does not make it a set of gel nails.

10 comments:

Jessie Burkhardt said...

Thanks for posting this. I recently commented on a blog where someone was posting inaccurate information that was given to her by a nail tech. I questioned the validity of the information (even though I was sure it was wrong) and told her she might want to find another salon - because they might be feeding her a little BS. SHE GOT FURIOUS with me and sent me a e-mail launching a personal attack, even though I was only looking out for her.

She couldn't believe that her salon would lie to her. Lie or miscommunication, it does happen all too often in salons and I'm glad someone else is bringing attention to this. Unfortunately, unless you are going to an extremely reputable salon, you may not be getting what you think.

Jessie Burkhardt
Sales/Marketing Coordinator for NSI
www.nsinails.com

foxxychica said...

I am still baffled by people who frequent places that have questionable business practices. When I tell them that I have no knowledge of the products used on them and if they are concerned about this and they need to find someone who has their best interest at heart, they often get mad. For the life of me, I can't understand why someone would go to a salon that is often much cheaper and then get mad at me when I explain to them the differences in their nails and products.

Anonymous said...

Gel and liquid & powder are both acrylic, just in a different form.
That is something that most clients and some nail tech don't even know...

The Purple Pinkie said...

Yes, gel and liquid and powder have similar chemical make ups, however, they are different in many ways. First, the catalyst needed to cause polymerization. L & P needs the two to meet and mix. Gels, needs an ultra violet light.

Second, liquid and powder and traditional gel have different end results. L & P is porous, which means that it can be removed with acetone. Gels are non-porous, they must be filed off.

Gel nails are typically clearer than liquid and powder and tend to be much more flexible. The new soakable gels on the market are just slightly different.

The point of this blog post is that people are paying for a service that they are NOT getting. Just because something has a similar chemical make up, doesn't make it the same thing.

Gel Nails said...

Interesting!

Thanks for sharing.

Bruce Augusto said...

WOW Thanks for posting this!!! I have the same problem!!! My mother in law told me she had gels on so I made an appt,(cuz I wanted to see how they applied it) and asked for a full set of pink and white gels. I sit down and she pulls out liquid and powder, I said I am getting gels right she says 'oh yeah'! It was acrylic with gel top coat! Not knowing I am a nail tech. Now at my salon we always get people who come in and say they have gels and it's acrylic with gel topcoat! SO ANNOYING!!! When we try to explain it they get mad!!! Then they try and tell me that it is gel powder! I love it, how can gel be a powder IF IT'S GEL!!!! Drives me CRAZY!!!

Farzaneh Mistry said...

I love gel nails. I use to get my nails done in Austira with only gel. But out her in USA they use acrylic with gel topping. When ever I go to a salon & tell them I want tips with gel, they can't do it. Where can go & get them done?

Farzaneh Mistry said...

I love gel nails. I use to get them when I was in Vienna. But here in USA, I guess they don't know how to do it. I want chips with gel on top instead of powder & liquid. Where can I get them done?

Brandy Nicholson said...

Just recently had this happen to me, pisses me off that I paid extra for the same thing i usually get. Oh and on top of that the hussy hurt my fingers and made me bleed!

Brandy Nicholson said...

Just recently had this happen to me, pisses me off that I paid extra for the same thing i usually get. Oh and on top of that the hussy hurt my fingers and made me bleed!