Guide To Gel-X Nails

July 15, 2022

Gel-x Nails are currently the hottest trend in nail art. But what are they, and how do they differ from traditional methods like acrylics? Learn about the process and many benefits of Gel-x Nails to discover if Gel-X is right for you.

If you’re ready to try Gel-X Nails, visit 1985 Nail Bar today and make your nails a conversation starter.

What Are Gel-X Nails?

Gel-X Nails are an exciting new alternative to standard acrylic nails and hard gel extensions. Gel-X Nails combines the flexibility of soft gel polish with the length of glue-on or press-on nail extensions for a seamlessly beautiful finish.

Gel-X Nails have become popular among celebrities from Ariana Granda to Elle Fanning, because they look and feel so natural.

Gel-X Application Process

Getting Gel-X Nails is a quick and easy process that doesn’t harm your natural nails. Your manicurist will apply the extension, made out of gel polish, directly onto your natural nail and then cut and shape it to your preference. Gel-X extensions have clear tips that help create length past your natural nails and provide extra support for the nail extension, taking the pressure off your nail bed.

Your manicurist then preps your natural tips with a pH bonder and nail primer and applies one clear gel coat to your nails. This is cured under an LED lamp before the extension is secured.

To secure the extension, your manicurist adds more Gel-X polish inside the tip of your nail to fill in any gaps, making your Gel-X extensions your most secure nails yet.

How Long Do Gel-X Nails Last?

Gel-X Nails generally last between three and four weeks without chipping or raised edges. If you use regular nail polish to color your Gel-X Extensions, you can repaint your nails as often as you’d like since they don’t require filling like acrylics.

To keep your Gel-X Nails looking great for longer, you can cut and shape your gel extensions at home as they grow out.

How To Remove Gel-X Nails?

Gel-X Nails are removed the same way you remove a standard gel manicure. Generally, an electric file is used to break the top barrier before your tips are left to soak.

Removal is safest if performed by a professional, but if you can’t come in for an appointment, there are some at-home options you can try.

  • Clip your Gel-X nails down to your natural nail length.
  • Use a nail file to remove the top coat.
  • Apply moisturizer to the skin around your nails.
  • Soak small squares of kitchen towel or a cotton pad in acetone and apply directly to the nail.
  • Wrap the tips of your fingers in aluminum foil and leave for 20 min.
  • Remove foil and use the cuticle stick’s flat end to scrape the gel.
  • Use a nail file to remove the remaining gel and a buffing pad to smooth the nails’ surface.

Benefits of Gel-X Nails

If you’re debating between Gel-X vs. Acrylic Nails, it helps to understand the many benefits of Gel-X.

These benefits include:

  • Natural look and feel
  • No hazardous chemicals
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Customizable shaping and contouring
  • Gentler on your nails
  • More durable than acrylics
  • Cover your entire nail

Is Gel-X Better Than Acrylic?

If you’re blessed with naturally long, strong nails, acrylics are an easy way to add length and drama. However, there is a significant difference between Gel-X and acrylic nails. Acrylic extensions involve harsh chemicals that may harm your nails, making Gel-X Extensions a safer option.

The FDA has banned certain chemicals commonly found in acrylic nail solutions, like methyl methacrylate. Some acrylic polishes also contain the toxic chemicals toluene and acetonitrile, which can irritate your skin and cause respiratory issues. In serious cases, these toxins can cause kidney and eye damage.

Beyond health concerns, Gel-X Nails are more customizable than acrylic nails. While acrylic or hard-gel extensions sit on your nails’ tips, Gel-X tips cover your entire nail bed, allowing you to customize your tips to any shape you’d like.

Gel-X Nails also look more natural than acrylics because they can be shaped to the thinness of a natural nail. Their thinness and customization make Gel-X nails look less artificial, and Gel-X won’t lift the way acrylic nails can over time.

If you’re ready to try Gel-X Nails, treat yourself to a relaxing visit at 1985 Nail Bar. Whether you’re looking for something simple and bold or ready to get creative with customizations, the experienced manicurists at 1985 Nail Bar have got what you need. We can even help you brainstorm fun Gel-X nail ideas!