What is Gel Nail Polish?
A gel manicure is a service that uses a gel-based polish and requires a UV or LED light to cure the polish and lock it onto your nails, says Duguay-Gordon.
“Gel polish is more durable than regular polish,” she says. And while regular polish can chip as quickly as two to three days, the gel stays chip-free for weeks.
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How long does gel polish last?
Gel polish lasts between 2-3 weeks at the minimum, while the regular polish is lucky to go a week without chipping. With light wear, your gel nails last at least twice as long as a normal polish, but realistically they get you four to six times a standard manicure mileage.
Is gel better than acrylic?
As mentioned above, gel nails are a healthier alternative for the nail than acrylic. They are less likely to cause damage to the natural nail or nail bed.
Gel nails also feel more natural and less rigid than acrylic, so if you accidentally hit them against something they are less likely to snap!
Does gel damage your nails?
Although gel manicures can be beautiful and long-lasting, they can be tough on nails. Gel manicures can cause nail brittleness, peeling, and cracking, and repeated use can increase the risk for skin cancer and premature skin aging on the hands.
How long do gel nails take?
A gel manicure takes just slightly longer than a traditional manicure. To give you an idea, at Secret Spa, our at-home gel/Shellac manicures take around 50 minutes, and a standard manicure is slightly shorter at 40 minutes.