Thursday, March 8, 2012
In Acrylic Hell? Try Gel!
I wore acrylics for several years, but decided to give my nails a break last Fall. After removing my acrylic nails, my natural nails were weak and thin. I used NailTek products daily to nurse my nails back to health. My nails became stronger but I had trouble growing them long and my nail polish would only last a few days. In January I tried a Gel Manicure (which is applied to natural nails) and I loved the results.
My nail salon uses OPI Axxium Gel products. I have been a fan of OPI nail colors such as "I'm Not Really a Waitress" and "Lincoln Park After Dark" for many years. And these colors are available in Gel formulation.
From the OPI Axxium website "OPI’s Axxium gel manicures last up to two weeks without chipping, smudging or cracking. With fifty different shades of axxium soak-off gel lacquer to choose from you will not be disappointed."
Also from their site~ OPI Axxium
"Available only at professional salons, Axxium acts as an invisible layer of protection for your nails, keeping them strong so that they can grow without breaking. Plus, Axxium gives your nails incredible shine."
Gel Manicure process:
Your nails are prepared for Gel, just as they are for a regular manicure. Then there is a 3 step process. After each step your nails are UV-cured under a UV light for a couple of minutes.
1) Gel Base coat applied
2) Gel Color or clear Lacquer is applied
3) then Gel Soak-Off Gel Sealer
This is usually completed in just 30-45 minutes and your nails are completely dry and smudge-proof. Manicure does not chip and lasts for 2 to 3 weeks. When you have nail growth show or want to change colors, the Gel is soaked off and can be immediately re-applied. I am very happy with my new stronger more natural looking nails. The color I chose this time is "Black Onyx."