Polygel, maybe you’ve heard about it but let’s face it, sometimes you feel like a deer in the headlights when it comes to learning about advanced nail product that requires experience and nail technics. Beside the nail instructer talking all kinds of words when you’ve got no idea what they mean. In this article, we are going to discuss the pros and cons of Polygel, and help recognize the differences between each one.
What Is Polygel?
Polygel nails are a newcomer to the beauty industry, with many people questioning what makes them so different to the previous two options. Polygel is essentially the lovechild of acrylic and gel, combining both their good qualities but leaving out all the bad stuff (if only you could do that with men, eh.)
Polygel can be applied as an overlay on your natural nails, or as a nail enhancement. It is still cured under a UV light, but it is a lot lighter than both gel and acrylic nails. It also has a much lighter fragrance, which is great for people that like the look of acrylics but can’t stand the smell! In terms of removing Polygel nails, the polish is buffed off rather than soaked off. However, the remaining polish can be soaked after if needed. Polygel is available in a range of colours, but gel polish can also be applied over the top if you fancy something different.
Credits to Entity for simplifying the foundation and benefits of a Polygel supply.
What Are Polygel Benefits
The pro-hybrid gel that conquers the complexities of hard gel and acrylics in a simple, premixed tube.
LED/UV formula perfect for overlays and extensions, with an uncomplicated application.
Doesn’t sacrifice on strength or stability, and no monomer odour or excess dust.
A unique formula that stays in place, and moves when you need it moved.
Self-levelling properties that assist effortless application.
What Are Polygel Features
Be completely in control with this self-levelling system.
Made for professionals, perfected for beginners.
Combined benefits of hard gel and acrylic.
Lightweight formula that is strong.
What Does Polygel Do?
Dispensing and application are made easy with direct application to the nail from the tube.
Simply squeeze a small amount on the nail and use the Control Solution to move.
Light self-levelling properties, Control Gel assists in an effortless application.
Moves and cures on command, so you can play and move.
Complete with Intense Seal and cure for advised time.
How To Make A Perfect Polygel Application
We believe every nail professional should be able to expand their Polygel services and catering to all clients and nail preferences while growing the salon’s business. Follow these steps in the exact order for outstanding Polygel results on nails.
The liquid used to sculpt PolyGel is called Slip — the name was inspired by the slip potters use when working with clay. Slip is not a monomer; it has no active ingredients, and unlike acrylic monomer, it has a light, pleasant fragrance. It’s simply used to make the PolyGel easy to shape.
Unlike hard gel, PolyGel is not self-levelling, but stays where you place it; unlike acrylic, it doesn’t harden until it’s cured in an LED or UV lamp.
Cure time is about 30 seconds in an LED lamp or two minutes in a UV lamp. PolyGel nails do not experience heat spikes during curing. There is no tacky layer after curing.
PolyGel is more flexible than acrylic, stronger than hard gel, and lighter than both, according to Gelish.
The product can be applied as an overlay over natural nails, a tip overlay, or sculpted over a form.
It’s available in six colours: bright white, natural clear, soft white, soft pink, dark pink, and cover pink.
Gel-polish colours can be applied over the product, and Gelish can be mixed with PolyGel to create a design.
Natural nail prep is the same as prep for gel. Nail techs can use an e-file or a hand file to shape the product.
The product should be filed off, not soaked off. Nail techs can soak to remove the remaining product after filing.
PolyGel nails can be rebalanced the same way acrylic or gel nails are rebalanced.
Polygel Fall-Off Troubleshooting
Polygel isn’t supposed to fall off it’s actually not supposed to come off without filing it off. The main reasons it could be coming off because not proper prep. If they are popping from the back then it’s probably improper prep or application, if it’s from the free edge might be your nails are just a little too soft.
Comment below if you have any specific questions regarding Golygel.
World’s Top Polygel Manufacturer Brands
The most popular Polygel sold in the beauty wholesale market are Gelish, IBD and Entity. Check below the most recent kits in Canada.
Control Gel is a pro-hybrid that combines the advantages of hard gels and acrylics into four quick-and-easy steps that give you complete control over the application process.
Give your clients a natural-looking extended set using #ibdcontrolgel. Watch the entire tutorial on @ibdbeauty’s IGTV. Control Gel is available at Nails R Us the beauty warehouse distributor in Toronto.
Calling all professional nail technicians! This Gelish PolyGel Enhancement French Kit is the latest and greatest nail enhancement trend that will knock the socks.
STUDIO ONE’S™, monomer-free PolyGel® formula* fuses strong acrylic and hard gel polymers with soft polymers for easy, intuitive application. STUDIO ONE™ will redefine how you do enhancements.
Creative Play is CND’s latest line of nail polish to hit the salon scene with 80 bold and vibrant unique colours, ten gorgeous finish types, and this line is more in line with the traditional nail polish segment. The new line is produced with creative consumers in mind, the consumers who love and enjoy switching up their nail looks frequently.
Forever changing nail colour and textures, mixing colours, and creating stand out in the crowd looks. These nail polishes are just as unique as the consumers who wear them. Additionally, the 80 colours within this line are entire, brand-spanking’ new to CND. So what’s the difference between this new line, Creative Play, and other CND lines?
There are a few notable key differences, both pros and cons for consumers and salon owners when determining whether or not to give it a try, or choosing between Creative Play and Vinylux. But we assure you, the pros far outweigh the cons and some may not view the cons as cons at all. It’s all comes down to how you look at it, what you prefer, and what you expect from a nail lacquer.
About Creative Play
This exciting new line features 80 beautiful bold, vibrant, unique colours like Glittabulous, Sea the Light, Orange You Curious to name a few. It also features ten different unique texture styles, including can you believe, four different glitter styles. The ten textures include cream, shimmer, metallic, satin, pearl, metallic glitter, multicolour glitter, holographic glitter, micro glitter, and transformer.
The line is of the traditional lacquer segment. It’s a 3-step system, but it’s fast-drying, and it is “7-Free.” What does 7-free mean? Creative Play is formulated with the elimination of 7 ingredients which include toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, phthalates (DBP), formaldehyde resin, and xylene and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK).
Because the original lacquer itself designed with the standard wear of traditional polish, it is recommended to combine this coat with the base coat and the top coat to increase the longevity of your new creative look for a finish that’s flawless and chip resistant.
Another perk of this set is that its brush is designed with 400 bristle ends, which ensure smooth and even lacquer distribution for a polished manicure look as with other CND brush lines. So, there is no difference in the brush.
Regardless of which line you go with, you’re guaranteed a top of the line brush. A few cons, this line cannot be combined with the Shellac line, whereas the Vinylux line can, and it is a 3-step system versus the 2-step ease-of-use compared with Vinylux.
Browse The Latest CND Creative Play Collection
As you may already know, Vinylux is known for the fact that this is a hardcore upscale classy and fun line that can get your nails through the week minus the need for a base coat without chipping or breakage. Also unique to this bold line of nail lacquer is its strengthening capabilities.
Traditional polishes tend to weaken over time, resulting in a finish that’s prone to chip and break. But not with Vinylux polishes. With this line, your polish does the reverse—it strengthens over time. Click Here to learn How To Apply A Perfect CND Vinylux Polish
As mentioned earlier, this is a 2-step system requiring two coats of lacquer and a top coat. The polish takes about 8 minutes to dry. A base coat is not needed as there is already one built into the polish, so your nails are protected! Depending on the health of the nails, Vinylux promises to deliver beautiful manicured nail results for one week without chipping or breaking; then it’s time to freshen things up or to remove the polish and go with a new look for next week.
Browse The Latest CND Vinylux Collection
Who says you have to choose?
Why choose between the two? Each line has its own unique set of benefits and capabilities. If you opt to fill your salon with both edges of lacquer, you have the best of both worlds. Creative Play is 3-steps, but it’s fast drying, and you have loads of colours and fun textures to choose from—and we mean fun. Check it out here for yourself.
The Vinylux line is also fun and fast, but it’s more sophisticated and chic. It takes 8 minutes to dry, yes, but it only requires 2-steps. The Vinylux process is quicker than the 3-step Creative Play process! With both sets, you have versatility depending on your mood as the master manicurist.
Chisel Nail art is a creative way to paint, decorate, enhance, and uniquely embellish the nails. For many people in Canada, there is nothing feels better than having their nail art service done to perfection.
All you need to know about Chisel Nail Art
Small embellishments on nails go a long way in showing your true beliefs and interests to people around you. Being a nail artist, I have to use several nail art products, and from my experience, I have gathered that the Chisel nail art products are the best ones! Let’s have a look at Chisel nail art products to see what the hype around this brand is all about.
About Chisel brand
Chisel nail art is a 3D nail art with little stamps of various colours and designs to adorn your nails, and they are easy to put on your nails and even more comfortable to take care of. They are 100% safe for use and do not harm your nails in any way. These products come with ten stamps in each package and have neat and pretty designs.
What are Chisel products, and how to use them?
Chisel products are the coolest and most well thought out for nail art as they come in a variety of sizes and styles. Let’s have a look at some of the most useful chisel products.
Chisel Dipping System
Chisel Dip Powder
Chisel Dip Powder Candy
Chisel Dip Powder Glitter
Chisel Dip Powder Glow
Chisel Dip Powder Metallic
Chisel Dip Powder Ombre
Chisel Dip Powder Solid
Dipping powder is a beautiful acrylic free base for nail art as it promotes green and clean earth. They come in matte, glossy and glittery forms and you can choose one that your clients like.
You can apply one with chisel glue and chisel brush on your client’s nails or have the nails dipped directly into powder. This will help your clients retain their nail job for a longer time by preventing chipping off. You can use even glow in the dark dipping powder, and your clients will love it just as my clients do.
Chisel liquids like bonders and activators are the best way to help the dipping powder stick to your nails for a better base. They not only smoothen the surface of your nails but also improve your nails stay safe from any harmful agents in nail art products by coating them evenly.
To apply chisel liquid, you need to clean the nails of your client with wipes and then put the chisel brush in chisel liquid container. Most chisel liquids come with their brushes attached to the lid with a wand. They make its application even more accessible and takes lesser time.
3D stamps come in different styles, shapes, and colours. It really depends on your clients’ nail design requirement put the stamps that they love on their nails. Just make sure that they are high quality and pretty. You can put them on by just peeling them off the plastic sheets and using the back of a chisel brush to ensure a firmer grip.
How to apply a 3D stamp to nail art
Chisel Nail Art – 3D Nail Stamps are the newest trend in today’s nail art industry.
Each package includes ten unique stamps that cut beautiful designs into uncured coloured dipping powder.
Use Chisel Nail Art Stamps with Beyond Colour Dipping Powder to create bright and colourful stamped nail designs.
First, apply dipping base coat to nail bed to give the dipping powder a strong foundation.
Then, apply dipping powder using a manicure brush or by dipping fingers directly into the powder.
Next, use a Chisel Nail Art Stamp to cut 3D designs into the uncured dipping powder.
Then, use the top coat to give the colour dipping powder and beautiful and shiny finish.
Last, apply activator to cure dipping powder and top coat.
Chisel Nail Art Edger helps nail artists create great designs with perfect edges. In other words, Edgers help artists define a shape of nail art for their clients and then make all the fillings. The most like edgers are oval shaped, twisted and heart shaped ones. Most edger includes 7 sizes to provide precise designing.
How to use Chisel Edgers to get a specific nail art shape
Apply tips and blended well.
Apply white acrylic over the entire nail bed.
Use the Door edgers to cut through acrylics and scrape towards you.
Apply red acrylic to cover the empty space on the tip of the nail.
Buff and file the nail even.
Apply top coat or gel coat for high shine.
Why is Chisel a hot trend for nail salons in Canada?
Chisel is the hottest trend in nail salons right now because it is safe and relaxed. There are so many options in it, which you can find the best nail art to every single customer’s liking. For me, Chisel is like the best choice for every nail art design.
Above picture shows a watermelon nail art design can be accomplished using Chisel application.
The fastest way to get Chisel products in Canada
Are you looking for Chisel supplies for your nail salon? You can place an order online at Nails R Us Nail Supply Store to get the highest quality and impressive chisel nail art! They have a professional reputation in the market. They provide high-quality nail supply and other beauty products that match your demands. For me, I always look for value and quality. Nails R Us is the top supplier for Chisel nail art products for your nails.
Learn more about Chisel, and how to apply the product
If you need more information and instructions regarding Chisel, here are some references that you can use to learn more.
If you’ve eschewed gel manicures to avoid soak-off time and potential nail damage, CND’s newest 14-day UV polish formula is aimed directly at you. Take your professional gel polish service one step further with CND Shellac Luxe, leaving nails looking shining all the time and healthy after removal. CND’s data revealed that women who don’t go for gel polish worry that the process will cause nail damage, and b) they don’t want to sit around waiting for the gel to soak off. (There may also be a contingent that still worries about the UV exposure, but sunscreen on your hands will take care of that.
1. What is CND Shellac Luxe?
CND Shellac Luxe is 2-STEP gel polish system that is ready to be removed in 60 SECONDS. After their new launch of the CND Shellac Luxe line, CND claimed that this would be a game changer in the nail polish industry. To be completely honest, after trying it on myself and for a few regular customers, I have to say that I’m a believer. CND made a statement that their luxe line will take 15 minutes off of your salon time. A bold statement but again, it couldn’t be any more valid. I’ve come up with a few reasons as to why I think this line is the future of flawless nails.
2. CND Shellac Luxe colours and the most popular ones
CND Shellac Luxe is making it even harder for my clients to choose their colour after the launch. With the 65 plus shades that this company already boasts about, the luxe line has introduced 15 more. At the salon, I noticed that shades Grace, Femme Fatale and Aurora are some of the instant favourites among clients. They’ve also recently launched some more new exclusive colours which plan to showcase at the salon. Ladies, the decision making for your new colour is about to get tougher!
Here are the most popular colours my clients ask for:
Get extra shine for more time with Infinite Shine nail lacquer shades from CND
The application of this beautiful polish hardly takes any time at all. And as the CND co-founder so wisely said at the launch, “Time is the new luxury for your clients.”
We couldn’t agree more. The two-step application is the most comfortable gel application the nail industry has seen in a while. A simple first coat of color and a top coat is all that’s needed for new shiny nails. The fact that the nail polish looks flawless is just the cherry on top.
Okay, this one for all those hard working ladies who get their nails done in the lunchtime. Isn’t that good news? CND Shellac Luxe doesn’t need the UV lamp or a base coat. All we do with this two-step simple gel polish application is the colour coat and the top coat. But we’ve honestly never seen such great results all without the use of the lamp and base coat. Since it’s a smooth application and practically takes off 15 minutes from your salon time, it benefits the salon too. We can get through colliers faster and easier.
5. What are my salon customers saying about CND Shellac Luxe
My salon customers have all kind words for this revolutionary product. “It’s essentially targeted at the population that is desperately seeing non-damaging products for their nails. And I’ve got to say, they’ve done a splendid job with their all-new CND Shellac Luxe line,” says one of my customers. We’ve all been through the tinfoil removal technique wondering how much longer it’s going to take. The CND shellac Luxe boasts of 60 seconds removal time. The new formula has some microbes that soak in the remover faster. This ensures a quick and easy removal process. Removers are tough on your nails. We all know that. We’ve seen the horror show our nails look like sometimes after a removal. CND shellac Luxe allows you to reduce the amount of time you’re in contact with the remover.
6. CND Shellac Luxe Application
Part of reducing the salon service time is that Shellac Luxe is a two-step system, colour + top coat. Nope, no base – “the colour coat is self-adhering,” explained Jan. “It’s very much like putting a cashmere cushion on your nail to protect it. When you think about your nails, you’re in and out of the water, you’re in and out of the heat and air conditioning, so your nail plate expands and contracts. So we wanted to create a colour coat that would give and move and flex with the nail plate.”
CND Shellac Luxe consists of 65 shades, including these 15 that are exclusive to the collection
After shaping the nails, the manicurist dehydrates them temporarily by wiping them thoroughly with something called Scrubfresh. After that, she applies a thin coat of colour and cures it for one minute under an LED UV light. With that UV exposure, “the self-adhering polymers wrap tightly to the keratin and it will hold tight for 14 days,” said Jan. The second coat of colour follows, then the CND Shellac Luxe Top Coat and you’re done, hopefully for at least 14 days.
Wear still depends on application technique, your chemistry and how you use your hands. It might also depend on the top coat – you can choose Shellac Duraforce if you need strength, or Shellac Xpress Topcoat if you prefer.
7. CND Shellac Luxe Removal
To get the removal down to a scant 60 seconds, CND chemists increased the spacing in the cross-linked structure of the formula to allow acetone to get in and loosen the top coat and colour. Any remaining residue can be pushed off the nail with an orange stick or nail brush. You want to watch the following video to see how crazy easy it is!
If you’re a Shellac gel polish fan, would you switch to the new Luxe version? Well, maybe you will not, but you’re sure going to want to try Shellac Luxe just to experience that nifty 60-second soak off.
If you’re already a Vinylux devotée, why would you switch to Shellac Luxe? Maybe to eliminate the chance that you might smear your mani before the colour is dry? (Before 2010, one of my beauty-director friends used to mess her fresh mani right there at the salon every single time because she couldn’t flip through magazines while impatiently waiting for her polish to dry.
And yes, Shellac Luxe is a professional system intended for salon use. But if you’ve already got yourself the right UV LED light – CND-branded because then you know it’ll cure the formula properly so there’s no risk of a reaction – and you’ve studied the application process and technique from across the table from your favourite technician, you can do it yourself. And one more time: it. soaks. off. in. 60. seconds.
Shellac Luxe Resources
Learn more at CND Shellac Luxe website or view the videos below to get details about product features and other useful information.