How much to dry gel polish
A beautiful woman is largely determined by a well-groomed manicure. With the advent of gel polish, it has become much easier to keep the coating more durable. A manicure with gel polish will be "worn" from two weeks, depending on the growth rate of your own nail plate.
Some fashionistas manage to pass without chips and flaking up to one month.
A good manicure determines the correctness of applying gel polish with the mandatory use of a base top and fixative, high-quality materials used in the work, and, of course, adherence to coating drying technology in a special lamp.
About how much gel polish should be dried in the lamp so that the coating will please you for a long time, and this article will be discussed.
Features of the procedure
As noted above, a feature of the procedure is the special conditions for drying the coating in the lamp. To do this, use UV lamps, LEDs or lamps of the combined type.
It is theoretically possible to dry a regular gel polish (if this is not a special non-photosensitive product) without a lamp, because the sun's rays also contain ultraviolet.
Only such a process will take a lot of time, and the quality of the manicure will leave much to be desired - uneven drying in fresh air will lead to peeling, bloating and staining of your natural nail. Therefore, it is better to use a special lamp - fortunately, there is plenty to choose from.
The lamp power determines the drying time of the coating. Mostly, manufacturers produce UV lamps with power from 9 to 54 W, LED devices with a range of 12-45 W and a hybrid with 36 W of power.
UV lamp is perfect for drying shellac with the appropriate mark. In the LED model, it is customary to dry the product marked "LED". The hybrid lamp is suitable for drying any gel polish.
How much to keep
For home use, you can buy a UV lamp with a small performance of 9 watts, the drying time in this case will take 6-10 minutes. For professional use, you need a 36 W UV device that dries your nails in 2 minutes. Lamps with a power of 48 W and above are intended exclusively for use in beauty salons by professional craftsmen.
In the LED model, you need to hold your nails in just 10-30 seconds - the coating will cure during this time and become solid and durable.
LED equipment is small in size, which is very convenient, moreover, unlike a UV lamp, it does not heat up during operation. Moreover, the life of LED lamps reaches an average of 5 years, which is very economical to use.
The main advantage of the UV apparatus is its ability to dry any shellac, which the LED lamp cannot boast of.
A short drying time can be ensured by a hybrid lamp - only 30 seconds. Such a device is suitable for drying absolutely any material: gel polish, color LED coating, biogel.
In many ways, the choice of a lamp depends on its purpose - for drying any shellac in the cabin or a certain brand at home, as well as personal preferences.
It is worth noting that gel polish needs to be dried correctly - if it is not dried, the coating will be fragile and will quickly crack, peel off, in a word, it will become unusable. And most importantly - if you dry the gel polish, then there will be nothing. The product is simply polymerized and that’s it. No metamorphosis will happen to him. Keep this in mind when creating your perfect manicure.
Sometimes in the work of a nail master or amateur, unforeseen difficulties with the quality of the coating can happen - gel polish is bubbling, wrinkling, gathering. Let's find out what to do in such cases and how to avoid them.
If you are confident in the quality of the gel polish itself, then the reason why it is minimized is the insufficient polymerization of the coating.
Some, in particular, colored species of shellac have a denser and denser texture, as a result of which they need additional drying. When applying such gel varnishes, carefully observe the application technology - dry each layer in a special lamp, the amount of time necessary specifically for this model to completely dry the product.
You should also reduce the amount of gel when applying each layer for varnishes saturated with pigments, in order to avoid a wrinkled film on the surface of the nail.
To lead to the fact that the gel polish does not dry out and collects, maybe a failed lamp for drying. In this case, it is necessary to replace the broken part or purchase a new lamp.
Often, beginning masters may complain that the top layer is sticky. Do not immediately doubt the quality of gel polish or lamp power. The fact is that when drying, the hardened coating acquires the stickiness of the upper top layer. In this case, you just need to wipe the nail with a special tool (degreaser) to make the manicure complete.
In the case when, when the adhesive layer is erased, the gel polish remains soft after drying, it is a matter of poor quality material or a thick layer of the applied product. Often, a dent may even form at the point of contact. Such a damaged nail should be sanded with a file, removing excess material, and apply a thinner layer of gel polish. Dry each coat until completely dry.
Another problem that you may encounter when working with shellac is burning the nail plate. This trouble can happen for two reasons: thin, weakened, damaged nails under a layer of gel polish or too much product on the surface of the nail plate.
The fact is that a lot of heat is released during the transition of a gel from a liquid to a solid state.
If the process will occur too intensively, you can significantly damage the nail. If you are a nail master, then exclamations such as “burn!” and "bakes!" will accompany all your work.
To avoid this problem, it is necessary to apply gel polish with a thin layer, especially on damaged nails. In this case, the polymerization process will occur slowly and painlessly.
Work only with high-quality materials, the use of a base coat and substrate will help to avoid unpleasant moments when creating a manicure with gel polish. Do not forget to regularly change the lamps in the UV model (every 3-6 months).
How to dry at home
As already noted above, gel polish that requires drying in a special lamp will not harden in air. But to make a beautiful and high-quality manicure yourself without a lamp is quite possible.
The fact is that all gel polishes can conditionally be divided into photosensitive, requiring solidification in the lamp, and non-photosensitive, which dry in air or in water.
Insensitive shellacs are very similar to ordinary varnishes.
The only difference is that the first ones do not harden without a special catalyst. A special creamy or liquid agent should be applied on top of the gel polish, only with its help the product will become solid.
Today in stores you can find gel polishes, freezing without a lamp and additional catalysts. It is enough to lower the nails in cold water for 8-10 minutes so that the gel polish hardens.
The inscription on the bottle "NO-light gel" indicates that this is a product that does not require drying in the lamp. If such an inscription is absent, then by default it means that a special UV lamp for drying is simply necessary to harden the coating.
For an independent manicure at home, it will be more convenient to distribute a small amount of non-photosensitive gel polish on the palette and apply it with a brush to the nail plate. So the layer of material will be as thin as possible. Then fix the product with a catalyst (it is more convenient to use a spray) or lower your hands in water.
Replace gel polish by the similarity of the effect on the nails can special varnishes with a glassy coating. They do not require drying with a lamp, but the duration of wearing a manicure will not be so long.
And finally, I want to note the sequence of stages of manicure with gel polish, the strict observance of which will make you the owner of a high-quality and super-wearing coating:
Firstly, it is necessary to very carefully process the free edge of the nail, to make it as even as possible and free from dust. Remove the top layer with a buff file. Especially this rule applies to nails after a manicure with scissors or a milling cutter. Nails should be degreased and dried for at least 10 minutes, otherwise the coating will peel off.
At the second stage, it is necessary to apply a base top on the nails, which serves as a kind of primer for gel polish.
Then you should apply basic shellac of your chosen shade. The basic rule is that the layer should be as thin as possible! Dry each layer in the lamp for polymerization.
And finally, the last step is a finish gel coating. It will protect your shellac coating and give your nails a beautiful shine. It is also necessary to dry the final top in the lamp well. If the finish coating, when drying, forms an adhesive film, then it should be removed with a special tool after it has completely dried.
Apply a little caring oil to the cuticle. Your perfect manicure is ready!
For more information on how to choose a lamp for drying varnish, see the next video.