Nails Apr 17, 2024

Gel X Nails on the Boise Bench

Gel-X manicures are the latest trend in nail extensions, capturing the attention of celebrities, nail technicians, and social media. Even people with weak nails, like myself, can achieve beautiful, long-lasting results.

What are Gel-X Nails?
Gel-X uses pre-made extensions made from a soft, flexible gel material. This is similar to the gel used in a typical gel manicure but cured beforehand to create a moldable extension. Unlike acrylics, Gel-X feels more natural and comes in various shapes like almond or stiletto. These extensions can even be further customized by filing and shaping after application.

Key benefits of Gel-X:

  • Looks and feels natural: Gel-X extensions are thinner than traditional acrylics, making them more flexible and comfortable.
  • Long-lasting: Gel-X manicures can last up to 4 weeks with proper care.
  • Safe for natural nails: Because Gel-X soaks off with acetone, it’s gentler on your natural nails compared to acrylic removal processes.
  • Easy to remove: Unlike acrylics that require buffing, Gel-X extensions can be soaked off with acetone and gently removed with minimal damage to your natural nails.

How Gel-X manicures are applied:
A typical Gel-X application takes about an hour, not including nail art. If you are getting a whole new set, it takes about an hour and a half (taking off the entire tip). Here’s a simplified breakdown of the process:

  1. Prep: This involves trimming your nails, pushing back cuticles, and buffing the nail bed.
  2. Sizing and Application: Your nail technician will select the best fitting Gel-X extension for each nail. A special solution is applied to remove any oils from your nails to ensure proper adhesion.
  3. Curing: A primer and gel polish are applied to your natural nails, followed by a layer of gel on the underside of the extension. Each layer is cured under a LED lamp.
  4. Shaping and Polish: Once cured, the extensions are filed and shaped to your desired look. Then, you can choose your favorite gel polish color for a final touch.

Who is Gel-X good for?
Gel-X extensions are ideal for people who want long-lasting beautiful nails without damaging their natural nails. However, if your job involves frequent hand submersion, such as hairstyling or bartending, Gel-X may not last the full four weeks.

Ready to try Gel-X?
Gel-X offers a natural-looking and long-lasting alternative to traditional acrylic extensions. If you’re looking for beautiful nails that are gentle on your natural nails, Gel-X might be the perfect choice for you! Come try a Gel-X manicure here at Perpetuity Skin + Spa right here on the Boise Bench!


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