Your Nail Questions, Answered

Your Nail Questions, Answered!

Nail polish and gel nail polish can come with a million and one questions, so don’t think you are alone when you want to find out more about something specific, a nail technique or just a general concern. If you’re struggling to find an answer for something about your nails that you want to know, you have come to the right place. As we get hundreds of questions a day, and we know your nail concerns very well. Whether it’s regarding gel polish, glitter polish, vegan polish, (you name it!)… we wanted to take the time to answer your most frequently asked questions as best we can. So browse through and see if we can help you, because that’s what we are here for.

What is Gel Polish?

Gel Nail Polish is LED/UV curable polish that is applied in thin layers and cured under a professional LED/UV lamp. Unlike regular nail polish, gel nail polish does not require a drying time, as once the gel polish is cured, it is dry. Gel Nail Polish is generally applied at a salon by a professional and trained nail technician, however there are now at-home gel nail kits that you can purchase with a lamp and instructions for the application of gel nail polish from the comfort of your own home. Gel nail polish lasts for much longer than that of regular nail polish, offering flawless chip-free wear for up to three weeks.

How do you apply Gel Polish?

Firstly the nail must be cleansed with a nail purifier, such as the best-selling Red Carpet ‘Purify’ nail cleanser. A Gel Base Coat is applied and cured for around 1 minute depending on the formula and the lamp being used. The gel nail colour is then applied in a thin layer and cured, for the recommended time of the brand and lamp. This is repeated up to three times to get the desired colour coverage. A professional gel top coat is then applied and cured as the final layer. The nail is then cleansed again to remove any tacky residue from the nail surface and a drop of cuticle oil is recommended for healthy nails.

How long does it take for gel polish to dry?

A gel manicure will dry immediately after the final curing of the top coat when cured with a UV lamp. After this final curing session it is extremely important to wipe off the inhibition layer with a gel wipe off solution, this will then make sure your nails are completely dry and will not dent or smudge. Unlike traditional nail polish, gel nail polish does not require a long waiting time for the formula be become hard on the nail and once each layer is cured, your nails are completely dry.

How to get Polish out of fabric?

First, place the stained fabric face down on a paper towel, then start to blot the stained area with acetone, do this very gently as you do not want to smudge the colour around any more. After doing this rinse and then repeat the same process until the colour has faded as much as possible. Finally put the fabric into the laundry with no other items of clothing to remove any left over polish aswell as getting rid of the strong smell of acetone.

How do you remove Gel Nail Polish?

Start off by buffing the surface of the nail with a nail file to remove the shine of the gel polish, then soak a cotton ball or a cotton pad in gel polish remover such as the best-selling Red Carpet ‘Erase’ formula and place it directly on top of the nail. You can also try this process with acetone for effective removal of gel polish. Follow this by wrapping each individual finger with a small piece of foil, this is to keep the acetone as close to the nail as possible. Finally after around 15 minutes remove the foil and cotton. Repeat this process again if there are any small areas of polish which have not come off the first time. If everything is removed the first time, dispose of the cotton and foil, and finish with a generous amount of cuticle oil on the natural nail to keep it nourished.

What is Shellac?

Shellac is a brand of LED/UV Curable Gel Nail Polish created by Creative Nail Design (CND) that was one of the first nail brands to become popular amongst salons across the UK offering gel manicures as a professional service. There are now many popular professional nail brands now available that offer gel polish forumlas of the same effect such as Gelish, Artistic Colour Gloss, Halo, SuperNail and more available to purchase at Nail Polish Direct.

How do you make Nail Polish thinner?

To thin your nail polish the first thing to do is open the nail polish bottle and add two to three drops of nail polish thinner, then close the bottle tightly and roll between the palms of your hands to mix the two products together as much as possible. However as a last resort, acetone or nail polish remover can also be used instead but is not recommended for the longevity of your nail polish.

How to apply glitter polish?

The first step for this process is to apply a base coat to the nail to protect your natural nail and to avoid the glitter polishes adhering to your natural nail. This will make the removal process much easier if a base coat is used. Once dry, apply your desired glitter nail polish in thin coats, allowing each layer to dry in between application. Repeat as desired up to three times to achieve your desired coverage. Allow to dry and apply a glossy top coat for a sparkling, long-lasting finish.

What polishes are hypoallergenic?

If you are looking for a hypoallergenic nail polish on our website, one of our most popular brands we sell is Zoya, this is also a good polish for sensitive skin and nails as well as having very few toxic chemicals. However there are also many others which do not contain toxic chemicals and are safe to use for hypoallergenic skin , this includes NailBerry, Butter London, Essie, Deborah Lippmann, Piggy Paint and Sally Hansen.

 Is nail polish safe when pregnant?

It is perfectly fine to get your nails painted during your pregnancy. However, it is worth knowing the chemicals that are within nail polish, for example, formaldehyde and toluene can be found in a number of products including nail polishes and can also be harmful to pregnant women if they are regularly exposed to it in large doses. So it is a good idea to stick to brands that don’t use these chemicals, like Zoya, Butter London and Orly Breathable which are all stocked and sold on our website.

Is there vegan nail polish?

Yes! There are now many nail polish brands that are both vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Vegan nail polish brands include Zoya, Nailberry, Maggie Anne, Orly, and Butter London. Vegan nail polishes do not contain any ingredients that come from animals or animal derivatives, nor do they test on animals or allow any animal-cruelty within their production process. Generally vegan nail polishes are also free from harmful chemicals such as formaldehyden with brands such as Zoya free from 10-harmful chemicals, making it the first choice of nail polish to use during pregnancy.

Does polish/ gel polish damage your nails?

Gel polish and ordinary nail polish are very similar in the sense they both do not damage your natural nails, unlike acrylics which unfortunately can thin the natural nail over time. However gel can still have some negative effects, for example it can also make your slightly thinner when removed incorrectly and can also take away the natural shine. Nevertheless looking after your nails with treatments such as cuticle oils, nail masks and strengthening polishes can reduce these negative effects, and keep your nails looking and feeling healthy. As your natural nails grow daily, it is relatively easy to treat your nails in order to get them looking healthy after a gel manicure.

From the NPD team x




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