Gel nail extensions are created by glueing an artificial tip onto the edge of your nail to give it added length. The tip doesn’t cover the whole of it, just the top half. The tip is cut down to a desired length and shaped. You can choose whether to have a natural coloured tip or a white tip.
Natural tips are blended into the nail, whereas white tips are left un-blended to create a perfect smile line. Layers of clear gel are then painted on and false tip to add strength, and cured under a UV lamp until solid.
A forever French application is much the same, except pink is used over the bed, and white gel is used to cover the tip. As long as you have it in-filled and rebalanced regularly, it need never grow out. You can have a French manicure look…..forever.
It is applied and cured. No false tip or length is added to the nail.
Benefits of Extensions & Overlays:
- Adds strength.
- Adds length.
- They can encourage clients to stop biting their natural nails
- They can be worn long-term or short-term to suit individual clients
- Prevents the fingernails from splitting or breaking
- If a client has trouble growing their fingernails, extensions can be used while the real one grow. When it gets to the desired length, overlays can be worn instead to ensure they stay long and strong
To get the most out of your nail enhancements, and to keep them looking their best, it is your responsibility to look after them accordingly
After Care and Advice:
- Do not use polish remover that contains acetone on extensions or natural overlays, as the acetone will dissolve the gel. Use an acetone-free polish remover
- Have in-fills every 2-3 weeks
- Do not use the nails as ‘tools’ or treat them roughly as you could cause them to break
- Use a cuticle cream or oil daily to help nourish your nail as it grows. If you do this it will be much healthier should you decided to have it removed.
- Gently clean under the free edge.
- Use a top coat over the gel that contains a UV block, as sunlight and sunbeds could cause the applied gel to yellow. If using a sun bed, apply an appropriate topcoat before your appointment, remove the topcoat using an acetone-free polish remover after the sun bed, then apply a new coat of topcoat
- Use appropriate gloves whilst washing up, gardening, doing housework, using hair dyes or self tan
- Do not bite or pick at the extensions or tips, or attempt to pull them off
- If lifting occurs book an appointment to have maintenance carried out, as dirt can become trapped under extension.
Contra-indications to Nail Enhancements:
What is a contra-indication?
- Severely bitten nails – they don’t allow a sufficient plate for the adhesion of a tip.
- Thin, peeling fingernails.
- Bacterial or fungal infections.
- Inflamed skin around the fingernail.
- Cuts and abrasions in a specific area.
- Bruised nails.
- An extremely curved.
- Excessively overgrown cuticles. In this case a manicure must be performed, and the overlay/extensions should be applied at a later date, as the nails would contain too much moisture for sufficient adhesion.
- Diabetes – infection could occur if the skin was accidentally broken.