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What is Polygel? The Pros and Cons of Polygel

What is Polygel?

Apart from old techniques like gel polish and acrylics, polygel is a revolutionary technique on nail care industry. It is a product that combined the positive aspects of acrylics and gel polish and leaving out all of their bad aspects. Polygel is a kind of gel applied after a base coat, led or UV lamp cure are needed, and top coat as well.

If you are a nail art lover or a freshman just about to try some nail products, polygel is a technique that you must know about. A professional manicurist said that she thinks polygel is one of the best nail enhancements on the market right now. Is it true? Obviously, nothing is perfect, everything has its pros and cons. Let’s find out the pros and cons of polygel today.

Pros of Polygel: 

  1. Polygel nails are both strong and flexible. They shouldn’t fall off until you filling them off, with proper prep and apply. And they are less likely to break then cause damage to your own nail. 
  2. The formula has a pleasant scented odor instead of a bad smell like acrylics which may cause headaches to some people.
  3. They contain all-natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals added, non-toxic. It’s a safer way to extend your nail.
  4. They can be used to extend your nails or just overlays, both for professional use and friendly for beginners. With our complete polygel starter kit, you can give yourself a nail extension easily at home.
  5. Gel polish and other nail decorations can be applied on polygel as well. So you can do various nail designs with your creativity.
  6. They have a lot of colors and styles can be choose from. Such as crystal polygel, thermal color changing polygel, glitter polygel, glow in the dark polygel and etc.
  7. They cure fast under a harmless LED or UV light.
  8. They can be easily filed off with a nail file and buffer, which means less harm than gel polish and acrylics that need to be soaked off with acetone. 
  9. Rather than weakening your nails like acrylics do, polygel protects them. It is a saver for people who have really soft nails and those who usually bits and peel their nails. 

Cons of Polygel: 

  1. It is not that easy to find a nail salon for polygel due to it’s an new product.
  2. It will be more expensive for polygel than other manicure technique.
  3. They are only online available for many places, so you need to wait longer for the package shipping.
  4. It may be a little bit difficult for beginners at the first time to apply them. But practice makes perfect.

How to Apply Polygel at Home?

  1. Prep your nails including file the nail bed and cut the cuticles. ( Prep is the first and the most important step for polygel. Improper prep can cause chipping off easily, so always make sure you made a proper prep before you starting to apply polygel.)
  2. Apply a base coat and cure it for 30-60 seconds.
  3. Squeeze out the polygel from the tube and apply it to the nail form.
  4. Use a UV nail brush and dip it with some slip solution to extend the polygel to fulfill the form. Remember to make the middle thicker and the sides thinner.  
  5. Apply the form with polygel to your nail with some pressure to avoid air bubbles, and cure it for 30 seconds in an LED lamp or 2 minutes in a UV lamp.
  6. Take off the form and shape the polygel into your preferable length and shape.
  7. Apply the top coat and cure for 30-60 seconds, then you are all set.

After getting a specific idea of what is polygel, what are the pros and cons, and how to apply it, you must have made up your mind to try this wonderful product. Shop our all-in-one beginner-friendly polygel starter kit to start your easy DIY manicure at home right away!

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