We’re all busier than ever, and common journeys to the nail salon could not be within the playing cards for many people anymore. To not point out the price of items and companies has elevated in most cities throughout the nation. So what in case you might obtain salon-worthy gel nail extensions at house? Because of an organization known as Aprés Nail, you may. Our editors are large followers of the idea (it’s a 2023 NewBeauty Award Winner), and although Gel-X nails have been round since 2018, these fashionable ideas are trending large proper now.
I spoke to Eunice Park, analysis and growth supervisor of Aprés Nail (she can be a licensed nail tech who had salon expertise previous to becoming a member of the corporate), and superstar nail artist Trenna Seney to seek out out extra concerning the Gel-X revolution everyone seems to be speaking about proper now.
What are Gel-X nails?
“Aprés Gel-X is the world’s first full-coverage, tender gel extension system,” says Park. “Aprés invented and launched Gel-X in 2017, and since its launch, Gel-X has revolutionized the nail trade by offering straightforward, stunning, sturdy tender gel extensions. The system could be very straightforward, accessible and nice for everybody from execs to house fanatics. Our Gel-X Nail Extension Equipment is a good place to begin.”
Every Equipment ($120)—it’s additionally a 2023 NewBeauty Award Winner—comes with 600 items and 14 totally different nail sizes to make sure a correct match for everybody. The nails are available in sq., spherical, coffin, almond, and stiletto shapes, and 5 totally different lengths: lengthy, further lengthy, medium, brief and further brief. There are additionally two distinctive types: “Pure” has a flatter floor with a less-pronounced C curve, making it preferrred for these with a flatter, wider nail mattress; “Sculpted” has a better apex and deeper C curve. Whenever you create your package, you select your most popular model, size and form, after which you should purchase extra ideas (or totally different types) individually if you want a restock.
Is Aprés the one Gel-X nail product available on the market?
“Gel-X is a trademarked title by Aprés Nail, which patented the Gel-X system,” Park says. “Technically talking, no different manufacturers can launch something known as Gel-X, as it’s a proprietary title and product.”
How do Gel-X nails evaluate to different varieties of at-home nail extensions?
“Gel-X nails are a pre-shaped tip which are already made a gel,” explains Seney. “Utilizing tender gel, you apply the tip to your pure nail after which remedy it with LED mild. It lasts for weeks and it permits the pure nail to develop with out damaging it.” When in comparison with a stiff, plastic-like press-on nail, Gel-X feels agency, but extra versatile like a pure nail. Like at-home fake lash kits, it could take a while to get the dangle of making use of Gel-X nails, however for many customers, the outcomes are value it (the 1000’s of five-star evaluations are proof).
What are some professional ideas for freshmen?
Seney says it’s vital for anybody doing their nails at house to verify they’ve all the right instruments. “Take your time and don’t skip any steps!” she provides. “And completely don’t rip off your nails when doing removals, so that you don’t hurt your actual nails.”
Aprés additionally launched Neutrals Gel-X Ideas, which Park says make Gel-X even simpler. “They’re constructed from our signature tender gel components, however infused with totally different shades of very wearable nudes. We additionally lately launched Prolong Gel Novice, which makes utility even simpler for the beginner. New customers usually have a difficult time stopping the Prolong Gel from overflowing and correctly maneuvering the Gel-X Tip beneath a lightweight to remedy.” Prolong Gel Novice ($23) is HEMA-free and has a thick, putty-like consistency that helps preserve the Gel-X Tip in place. It permits customers extra time to regulate the position of the Tip or right any errors earlier than curing.
Are you able to paint Gel-X nails earlier than making use of them?
Park says you may paint the Gel-X Ideas previous to utility, so long as the nail mattress portion is left clear for the sunshine to penetrate by way of. “The nail mattress portion is a very powerful space to maintain clear in order that correct utility will be made onto the pure nail.”
Are you able to remedy press-on nails with Gel-X?
It’s not not possible (after all there are TikTok video tutorials), however Park says it’s not beneficial. “It’s finest to make use of Prolong Gel with our Gel-X Ideas for the perfect outcomes, as they’re meant to be part of one system.”
Can you employ Aprés Gel-X nail extensions when you’ve got brief nails?
“Sure and no,” says Seney. “There must be sufficient nail for the tip to carry onto as a base. I generally have shoppers which are nail biters. If the nails are too brief, it is not going to work. In case your nails are too brief, the nail is extra liable to coming off as a result of there isn’t an excellent basis for the Gel-X nail to sit down on. However, for shoppers with brief nails which are ‘lengthy sufficient’ for the tip to suit, it’ll completely work.”
How do you take away Gel-X nails?
“File off the highest coat, coloration and bulk of Gel-X Tip,” says Park. “Soak a cotton ball in acetone and wrap the nails in foil. Wait 10 to fifteen minutes after which gently push off the lifted gel.”
How lengthy do Gel-X nails final?
With correct prep and utility, Park says Gel-X nails can final 4 to 6 weeks.
Are you able to get Gel-X nails at salons too?
“Sure, however Gel-X nails are usually not out there all over the place,” Seney explains. “Solely particular salons or nail artists provide this service as a result of the nail tech needs to be good at making use of the nail in order that they final for weeks. Relying on the place you’re positioned, ask round to see if that service is obtainable at your salon, or discover a good nail artist.”
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