What is my process? This is a question I get a lot from other aspiring Nail Techs.
So girl, this one is for you!
Prep is EVERYTHING:
In case you din’t catch that the first time, prep is EVERYTHING! Most of the horror stories I hear from my clients, could be avoided entirely if the nail tech prepped the nails properly.
We could get all fancy and talk e-files here. But, I have been doing amazing gel enhancements long before things got techie. Plus if you are just starting out, a simple nail file and cuticle pusher will work amazingly. Really no need to go all out here until your pro 😉
Gently push back the cuticles with the pusher. You can use stainless steel if you like. These must be sanitized between every client. I will normally use the orange wood sticks. Just your classic wood pusher, that can be purchased in bulk.
Now with your file gently buff the nail plate. Being cautious of the skin and cuticle area but making sure to get as close as possible. We are removing any shine from the nail plate at this point. Making a nice white and chalky surface.
Now that the nails are buffed nicely, it is time to cleanse. I suggest using isopropyl alcohol. I put mine in a spray bottle to spray the nails once they are filed. Grab your duster brush. Again, I buy mine online they have such a cute selection with a reasonable price.
Spray and dust away. The nails should be left dust free and have a nice white finish to them.
This isn’t a time-consuming step. Not a lot of details in this one but, If this is missed, the nails will not last. Not even a week. Generally failing within a few days of the initial appointment.
There are a lot of great primers out there. I prefer either the pen form or “Tack” by Light Elegance.
If you are using the pen, just a good swipe over the freshly cleansed nail plate will do the trick. Some other forms may need to be cured in your UV/LED nail lamp.
Once the nails are prepped and primed you are ready for my favorite part!!!
Now for the fun stuff!
Hopefully, by now you have gone through the painstaking task of picking out your gel polish colour. Sometimes this is the hardest part. Actually, in real time, I am struggling with this decision today. I am torn between summer and fall colours. Considering it is still summer I might just do some neon one last time 😉
As a rule of thumb, I find that most gel colours take at least three coats to get the pigment right. One nice thin layer at a time, making sure to keep away from any skin or the cuticle area. Cure for a minimum of 30 seconds before you apply the next layer.
Once the coverage is the way you like it, you can finish with topcoat. My two favorites are from Orly Gel FX and Light Elegance HQ. But really just find one that works best for you.
Cure this top coat for a minimum of one minute. If you are still using a UV lamp, I may suggest a two minute curing time.
Cleanse with an alcohol wipe and gently file away any imperfection on the free edge. I will then take my cuticle pusher and remove and nail dust from under the nail. Then it is time for your cuticle oil. One little drop on each nail and gently massage in. I take a towel and wipe away any excess. Some of my clients love the feel of the oil and ask me to leave on for them. Others, not so much 😉
This is my process when doing gel nails. If these three key points are followed correctly, you will have the perfect gel polish every time!
Please let me know if you ever have any questions. I really just want us all to succeed in nails and in life <3
Thanks for reading.
Cheyanne-The Nail Lamp Tramp