The nail art fashion market has been booming for the past few years. Among different nail arts, Polygel Nail Art has caught the attention of many fashion lovers. Experts say that Polygel nail art can give you the nicest set of nails you can ever have. Moreover, it’s well known for its longevity. A PolyGel manicure can last up to three weeks with the proper care and application. Today we have focused on the ins and outs of Polygel nail art in 10 easy steps and how to do it yourself at home like a pro!
What exactly is Polygel?
Polygel is a hybrid between hard gel and acrylic and thus combines the benefits of both. Unlike hard gel, the polygel does not level by itself. It stays where you put it and does not harden unless it is treated with LED or UV light. Plus, it’s odorless.
What you need:
Buy any Polygel Nail art Kit and you will find the following. Polygel Nails quick builder nail gel, Polygel Base and Top Coat, Slip Solution or any rubbing alcohol, two-headed Polygel tool for application, dual forms for nails, Nail file, UV or LED Lamp, Cuticle Clipper, Nail drill.
Now that you have gathered the necessary tools, let’s jump into the main course. Remember that Polygel is very easy to use and not messy at all. Even though at first it may seem quite perplexing, we can assure you that you will pick it up pretty quickly and be over the moon with this nail art technique honestly!
Now follow these steps:
Prepping your nails for Polygel
Step 1: First and foremost is preparing your nails for application. File the nail down and shape the nail. You can start by pushing your cuticles back and then cut as much as is necessary. Also, make sure the nail is not too long for application. Not only push the cuticles back but also scrap away any dead skin flakes that may be lingering around your nails.
Step 2: After you’ve filed the nail and cut the cuticle, wash your hands with soap and water. Make sure the nail is completely dry. To get rid of any oil on the surface of the nail, use rubbing alcohol. Make sure that all of the removers are off your nails to prevent lifting.
Step 3: Next, take a gentle nail file to file the surface of your nails. This ensures that the base gel adheres to the nail better. You can take another lint-free nail wipe with a little bit of alcohol and wipe off any excess dust that is on your nails. Prepping your nails meticulously is vital if you want a long-lasting manicure with no lifting.
Step 4: Once your nails are prepped, the next step is selecting the correct set of dual forms for all 10 of your nails. You can take time to size your dual forms. Usually, the kit comes with a large number of dual forms and these are easy and a great way for beginners to apply for Polygel extensions. What you do is build the nail with the Polygel inside the form. This is so easy and fun to do. The forms are similar to tips. The only difference is that you are sizing the whole nail, not just the tip. And just like regular tips, these are numbered. So, the smaller the size, the larger the form. It’s important you size yourself correctly and never size down. This will prevent any space from being created once the gel has hardened.
Pro tip: Polygel is very sticky, therefore you must have a slip solution next to you at all times. Slip solution gives you more control over the Polygel when gliding it into place. You may use 70% alcohol and get the LED lamps ready.
Step 5: Now, apply a thin Base Coat and cure under the UV or LED lamp for 45-60 seconds depending on the lamp you have and depending on what your Base Coat requires. Usually, if you’re using a UV lamp you’ll want to cure for 2 minutes and if you’re using an LED lamp you’ll want to cure for 30 to 60 seconds. Or you can choose 45-60 seconds as a happy medium.
Step 6: Next use the spatula side of the two-sided Polygel tool to take some of the gel out of the tube. Dip the brush side of the tool into your slip solution or rubbing alcohol to prevent the gel from sticking. Start by squeezing out a little amount of gel and then place it on the dual form. Also, make it a little thinner on the cuticle side and thicker in the middle of the dual form. Take the brush side and take time to sculpt and smooth out your nails. Blend properly and see how it looks from the outside. Make adjustments if required.
Step 7: Now, take the dual form and apply it at a 45-degree angle at the cuticle and press down gently. Make sure that there aren’t any gaps. Also, don’t put too much pressure on the dual form because the Polygel will ooze out around the sides and underneath the nail and make a mess. Don’t panic if you get a little bit of spillage. Just take your two-sided brush and dip it into the slip solution to brush off any excess gel.
Step 8: Quickly cure the nail under your UV or LED lamp. Then when it’s ready, squeeze the sides of the dual form and pop it off. Proceed to shape with your nail file and shape the nail to the desired length.
Step 9: So now we must move on to filing and shaping this is where the real magic happens. Although, at this point, the nails have a beautiful shine to them from the dual forms and you may find it unnecessary to file that shine away. But the truth is, even the nails appear smooth, they have some uneven ridges that you can physically feel when you run your fingers along them. Also, the cuticle area of the nails needs to be filed down so that it’s perfectly smooth. This makes a world of difference!
Step 10: Lastly, remove the excess dust with a paper towel or cloth and apply the Top Coat to the nail. Cure the nail properly under a UV or LED lamp. Repeat the method for the rest of the nails and you’re done!
Doing Polygel nail art can be relaxing and therapeutic while doing at home. You will become a pro only through trial and error and practicing yourself. Therefore, give it a try and enjoy beautiful nails.