Gel Polish Routine

1. Clean your hands and your clients hands with hand sanitiser.

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2. Check that you and your client are positioned properly.

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3. Ask your client to remove any jewellery and store away safely.

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4. Apply nail varnish remover with a nail wipe. Press the pad firmly onto the nail for a few seconds then slide it off the nail, squeezing gently against the nail plate to remove all traces of dissolved varnish. Carefully, pull back the nail walls from the sides of the nail plate to expose any hidden varnish.

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5. Check for any contra-indications and discuss any conditions which may need addressing during treatment. The manicure procedure may commence on either the left or right hand.

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6. Using a hoof stick or cuticle pusher resting on the nail plate, gently push back the cuticle working in small circular movements.

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7. Once this has been done use your cuticle nippers to snip off any dead cuticle. Place the nipper blade flat on the nail, raise the nippers slightly off the nail and place the nippers over the excess cuticle. Firmly closing the blade of the nipper, then release and pull away. Make sure not to pull away before releasing because you can rip your cuticle if it is not fully clipped.

 

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8. Remove the surface shine from the nail as if this is present, there will not be enough grip to bond the surface with the product. Never use a file that has less than a grit of 240 as this would cause too much damage to the nail place. Use the end of the fine grit file to work in the direction of the nail growth, towards the free edge. Do not remove any layers of the natural nail as this will cause damage. Keep your pressure light.

 

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9. Once you have removed the shine, shape the free edge with your file. A traditional rule of thumb when choosing nail shapes is for the free edge to mirror the shape of the eponychium. This should create a style best suited to your client’s hands. However, changing trends will affect what your client actually wants. Whilst you can advise them what would be best, it is essentially the client’s choice.

 

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10. File the nails from the sides to the centre towards the nail tip. Hold the file as near to the end as possible to produce long, flowing strokes and give the nails a smooth edge. Never saw backwards and forwards. Remember to check that your client is happy with the shape before proceeding to the next stage. Check that the free edges of all the nails are totally smooth and even.

 

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11. You will need to make sure that there are no traces of oil or moisture on the surface of the nail before the application of a gel overlay. This is because moisture will prevent the overlay from bonding to the nail. Wipe a dehydrating solution over the nail using a nail wipe and work from the edge of the nail in towards the finger. This should remove any dust created by filing. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a dehydrator.

 

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12. Use a clean nail brush to apply the first coat of gel to the nail plate, near the cuticle. Repeat this on the other nails of one hand. Ask the client to put their hand in the lamp and cure the gel, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat the process on the other hand.

 

13. Add a colour coat and cure, then add a second colour coat and cure.

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14. Apply top coat which will give added shine to the nails. Add this in the same way, curing after application.

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15. Apply cuticle oil and massage in around the cuticle. Clients should be advised to return to the salon every two weeks for the gel polish to be removed and renewed if required.

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