In this article, we are going to discuss the pros and cons of Polygel, and help distinguish the differences between each one. Because let’s face it, sometimes you can feel like a deer in the headlights when it comes to getting your nails done, with the beauty therapist shouting all kinds of words at you when you’ve got no idea what they mean.

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.

What is Polygel

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 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. PolyGel is more flexible than acrylic, stronger than hard gel, and lighter than both, according to Gelish.
  5. The product can be applied as an overlay over natural nails, a tip overlay, or sculpted over a form.
  6. It’s available in six colours: bright white, natural clear, soft white, soft pink, dark pink, and cover pink.
  7. Gel-polish colours can be applied over the product, and Gelish can be mixed with PolyGel to create a design.
  8. 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.
  9. The product should be filed off, not soaked off. Nail techs can soak to remove the remaining product after filing.
  10. 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.

ibd polygel french manicure

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.

Gelish PolyGel Professional Nail Technician All-in-One Enhancement

Calling all professional nail technicians! This Gelish PolyGel Enhancement French Kit is the latest and greatest nail enhancement trend that will knock the socks.

Entity STUDIO ONE™ POLYGEL® NAIL ENHANCEMENT

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.

Useful Polygel Resources

Find out what are the main differences between Polygel and Acrylics and find more extensive information about Polygel for nail technicians