I was told that I got gel nails, but it feels like its acrylic to mel. I thought gel nail is suppose to be softer and that they mold a nail using gel instead of glueing the fake nail on to the tips of my finger.For gel nails do they still glue on that fake nail? or do they mold a nail using gel?
I think your main confusion is that you aren't sure what was used on you due to lack of proper explanation from professional.
To help I will walk you through the different styles of nail enhancements that are most confusing to most customers cause of lack of knowledge on part of there nail professionals.
1) Gel enhancements aka '; Light concepts (LCN), permanent french, forever french etc'; - are a UV light cured products.
*FYI- Light Concepts (LCN) is actually a brand name a company based out of Germany and has a high price tag attached to service and not a service description or type of service. One of the best gel products out there but costly!
Gels mean all parts of the service is using a product that needs to harden under the UV light source, product looks like a honey consistency normally in a jar not glue. Glue is ONLY used as part of gluing on tips, NOTHING ELSE!!! Product colors include traditional pink, white, clear, companies are now coming out with every color of the rainbow from basic colors like black, red ,blue to pastels. Service is done by tech using a brush to apply either sculpturing your nails by using a form, overlaying the product over natural nails to ';wrap'; them or using a tip and then overlaying the product on top, tech files, shapes nail then tech's finish the look by applying a light cured product to give long lasting shine.
';NAILS CANNOT BE REMOVED WITH ACETONE POLISH REMOVER '; Nails are Acetone proof, removed only by filing off or chipping away at it. meant for long term use. NEVER has to removed or new sets applied if done correctly. Maintance done every 2 to 3 or 4 weeks accordlingly to nail growth
UV LIGHT IS USED THROUGHOUT ENTIRE SERVICE
***If service doesn't involve a UV lamp (';almost looks like a tanning bulb';) throughout the service and not only at the end. You didn't get gel nails***
***(The following scam is found to be a common practice among asian salons here in NYC and maybe in other cities across the USA)
***BEWARE of Salons that say ';Gel'; nails and then service includes brush on glue and then dipped into powder etc maybe even followed by UV Cured polish sealant aren't Gel nails in fact you just got powder and glue nails one of the worst things you can do to your nails as well as it doesn't last long and needs to be replaced every couple of weeks as well as being filled in on a weekly basis***
2) Acrylic Nails - aka pink and whites etc - Every Color you can imagine they come in for the powder component. Colors used as well as traditional pink, white, clear, natural etc
Service is done by tech either sculpturing your nails by using a form, overlaying the product over natural nails to ';wrap'; them or using a tip and then overlaying the product on top. Product is a two component system by combining a liquid and powder to create ';acrylic'; by dipping the brush into liquid then followed by powder to form a ball and placed onto nails either by using 3 or more balls to create a nail then filing the nails when dry. Most tech's finish the look by applying a light cured polish product to give lasting shine. Nails become Acetone proof when done with UV topcoat!!!
ITs NOT to be Confused with UV Gel services totally two diffrent services but if done by a pro can look the same but its not!!!!
***BEWARE again of Salons that say ';Acrylic'; nails and then using brush on glue and then dipped into powder etc aren't Acrylic nails in fact you just got powder and glue nails one of the worst things you can do to your nails as well as it doesn't last long and needs to be replaced every couple of weeks as well as being filled in on a weekly basis.
I hate the fact that some ';nail professionals';that feel it is necessary to scam there clients into thinking they got something good meanwhile they use crappy products!!!
I have that problem here in NYC only with ';Salons'; saying that they do LCN and then they use some other product that looks nothing like the real thing or what was mentioned earlier in my post ot the above persons post. It further confuses the costumer into believing she got this great product and then she questions why she has mold, her nails are breaking etc.
Hope this helps! Contact me if you have more questionsFor gel nails do they still glue on that fake nail? or do they mold a nail using gel?
There are basically two ways that either gel, or acrylic nails are applied.
One way is to use a nail tip which is glued to the end of your fingernail. The acrylic - or gel, is then applied over both your natural nail and the tip.
The other way requires more skill and experience on the part of the technician to do. But, the end result is higher quality, and better looking nail enhancements. This method is called 'sculpting.' Basically, sculpting is a process where the tech places something called a 'nail form' over the tip of your nail temporarily. They are self-adhesive so there is no glue involved. The 'form' provides a surface for the nail technician to literally ''sculpt' the acrylic - or gel, into the shape of a nail extension. In both methods, the entire surface of the natural nail, and the tip (or the form, depending on the method used) is coated with acrylic, or gel.
Sometimes, a combination of acrylic and gel is used. This is done to provide a nice high gloss shine to the acrylic nails which will last for a few weeks at a time and requires little to no maintenance on your part. The probem with this method is that there are many techs out there who will tell you that these are gel nails when, in fact, they are not. Now, this normally would not be a problem except that these same techs who tell you they are gel nails usually charge you the gel nail price. And gel nails usually cost more than acrylic nails. Thus if this happens, you are getting scammed by the tech. Unfortunately, this happens quite often to unsuspecting consumers.. And there are many girls out there who have had this done to them and they believe that they have gel nails simply because they aren't aware of the difference, and besides - the tech 'told' them they are gel nails, so they must be, right? Wrong. Let me explain the difference between real 'UV gel' nails, and acrylic nails. Once you are aware of the difference between the two, it is very easy to tell which one the tech is applying on your nails. Knowing the difference between the two can also help prevent you from getting scammed because you will be informed about these two products, and will be able to tell exactly what you are getting - or not getting.
Acrylic nails: This is a nail enhancement method which uses two different products - a 'liquid,' and a 'powder.' The tech dips her brush into the 'liquid,' and then dips it into the 'powder.' When combined, this forms a resin which resembles a small ball at the end of the brush. This resin is then applied to your nails. The resin will harden on its own in about 2-4 minutes and acrylic is the end result of this process.
UV Gel nails are a little different. When UV gel nails are applied, the products used are in the form of a gel, and they look exactly like the name implies. To see what UV gels look like, use this link:
UV gel nails are applied in several thin layers. Each individual layer must be cured under a UV lamp for about 2 minutes. This is done for each and every layer of gel that is applied. Gels do not cure (harden) on their own as acrylic does. Gel nails are more pliable, but they do not necessarily feel softer to the touch.
In short: If a tech uses ANY liquid and powder on your nails, you have acrylic nails - these are not gel nails even if a UV gel topcoat was applied they are still not gel nails. UV nail gels are never a powder, and powders are never used in the application of gel nails.
I hope this helps!
fake tip some places still put acrylic and then a gel liquid that makes ur nails shine...no nailpolish
other places use a fake tip and then dip ur fingernails into a gel liquid. and then shape them...these dont last as long, break easily are more expensive...but they are light...