How well do you gel?

How well do you gel?

HOW WELL DO YOU GEL?

What's the big deal about gel nails? Everything!

If you go for professional manicures, more than likely, you've been asked: regular or gel? What's the difference? Is gel worth the extra money? Is it really life changing, merely hype, or just a hassle? Here, the deets on gels to help you figure if they're for you.

The scoop:

While gel costs more than traditional nail color, there are some major advantages. The technology behind it: gel nails are formulated with an ingredient that makes the polish photo-reactive. Whether you go to a salon or DIY, after gel polish is applied the finish is cured under a special LED or UV light (since UV exposure poses risks, more salons and at-home kits use LED lights). Almost instantly, your nails are completely dry, with a shiny glossy finish. Gone is the dreaded downtime watching your nails dry (without smudging them). A gel mani also holds up beautifully for 2-3 weeks and the finish never dulls or chips…a big benefit over traditional polish.

Salon or DIY?

The longer-lasting nature of a gel manicure could save you money in the long run, but you'll shell out a lot more up-front when you have it done professionally. A salon gel mani can be 3-4 times pricier than a traditional one. You'll also probably pay another $10-$20 to have the gel removed, and the polish literally needs to be soaked off with polish remover.

If you're the DIY type, there are some very affordable at-home kits and LED lamps designed to help you achieve the look and durability of gel nails on your own. Ideal for beginners, KISS Brush-on Gel Nail Kit contains all you need! It's a great option if you're looking to experiment with gel nails but don't want to spend a ton of money.

Hassle-Free Gel Nails

There's a fabulous alternative that allows you to reap all the benefits of a gel mani without the hassle or expense: ImPRESS Press-On Manicure. These one step gel press-ons look like your own nails (only better!) and they stay perfect for up to 7 days. The secret? An innovative gel finish doesn't chip or dull, and a unique dual-layer adhesive holds the nails in place. There is no glue, no drying time, no damage. Plus, imPRESS Press-on Manicure comes in a huge variety of colors and styles to suit your personality. To see for yourself, give 'em a try!