Posted by Vanessa Guerin on December 5th, 2013, under Nails
Not all gel polishes are created equal. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions regarding gel polish. In this post I hope to explain it all.
What is Shellac?
One of the first questions I ask a new client is if they have had gel polish before. Often, the answer I receive is “No, I’ve only done Shellac.” Shellac, is, in fact is a gel polish. CND ( the makers if shellac) created what they call a “gel hybrid” which essentially is a gel polish mixed with lacquer.
“Shellac” is a product name, not what gel polish or a gel manicure is called.
Kind of like how we call facial tissue Kleenex or cotton swabs Q-tips. This association is what CND is struggling with currently. The problem is Shellac is a great name! So because it’s so catchy clients began to refer to the gel manicure as having “Shellac” done regardless of if the gel being used on them was in fact the brand Shellac.
Many discount nail salons have taken advantage of this and say they are using Shellac. But, in actuality, they are really are using another type gel polish. To keep costs down these salons have even resorted to finding a knock off bottles. It has the Shellac name on it and sort of resembles the Shellac style bottle. Often only a professional would notice the difference.
Myth: All gel polishes are the same.
This is absolutely not the case. Professional gel polishes like CND Shellac, OPI Gelcolor and Essie gel are manufactured with your nails health in mind. They all promote continuing education on their products. These company’s work to constantly make their products last for their consumers.
There are, unfortunately, brands on the market designed to be inexpensive and consumer friendly. These are made basically to adhere to your nails. But, once you finally soak them off, you see how much dryer and damaged your nails are. They are made to be user friendly but hardly nail friendly.
“Gel polish never lasts on me.”
Well this one is tricky… Honestly I hear this all the time. It often comes down to application, removal and having an educated professional nail technician. During my consultations, my client is informed on what products to use and avoid. We also trouble shoot previous problems they may have had. Not everyone is compatible with every gel polish brand but there is always at least one that should work for your nails!
How long does the gel manicure last?
On average you should get 10-14 days out of your manicure. Most of our clients can get 3-4 weeks but this not a guarantee. Many factors play into the length of time you’ll get out of your manicure. The strength, length, and health of your nails can all play a roll in you manicures lasting power. Use of products not compatible with the gel manicure can cause peeling and lifting. If you work with your hands, constant impacts to the tip of the nail causes wearing, chipping, and breaking. This time of year, hand sanitizers are our biggest culprit in ruining your gel polish. There are ways to combat certain factors and we’d be happy to help with that.
I hope this helps answer any questions you may have had regarding the gel manicure. If not feel free to visit us in the nail department or send us a message! I’m always looking to write blogs on topics our clients are interested in.
Posted by Bogar on December 1st, 2013, under Nails
Posted by Bogar on November 21st, 2013, under Products
For you fans of the amazing aroma of Moroccan Oil, you can now be wearing the fragrance from head to toe!
Available in a moisturizing Body Souffle, Body Buff exfoliant, luxurious Hand Creme and Dry Body Oil.
Be sure to experience these newest additions to the Moroccan line the next time you visit us!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is why now through October 31st you can donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and receive a FREE pink hair extension to show your support! Please call us at Salon Bogar to schedule your appointment time at (603) 434-2424.
Over the last 8 years more than 1,000 salons and stylists nationwide have raised over $2.5 million to fight breast cancer.
Also, during the month of October, receive our “Pink” Manicure ($35) and “Pink” Pedicure ($55) or a combo of both for ($85). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to help support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk being held later this month in Manchester, NH. The “Pink” pedicure includes pink soak, scrub and lotion and both the manicure and pedicure are finished with pink nail art.