Me after a gel mani in 2010 The popular UV Gel manicure has been becoming a service commonly offered at nail salons across the globe. Whether it's OPI Axxium, CND Shellac, or Jellish, the no-chip, no-smudge, two-week life cycle mani/pedi is quite attractive. I would know—I tried out both...

According to a just-released study by the Skin Cancer Foundation, research has shown that ultraviolet radiation-emitting devices are carcinogenic to humans, and that includes our beloved gel manicure UV curing lamps. "Although studies have shown that the skin cancer risk associated with...

As nail techs and anyone who's tried out a gel manicure will know, UV-emitting devices are used to seal the polish to the nail. But how safe is it? In a statement released by the Skin Care Foundation, Vice President Elizabeth K. Hale confirmed what many already suspected: UV-emitting nail...

" gel done - gel is more expensive to do and requires special products, and the procedure requires the nails to be filed using an electric file (gel adheres better to a rough surface) - and the technician doing the gel manicure nicked her skin in the process, and proceeded to soak her hand in...

Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Sally Hansen Salon Gel Strips "The at-home alternative to a salon mainstay: the gel manicure. Professional, high-shine, no dry time and long-wear—these are the qualities that have made millions of women gel manicure converts. But as any gel manicure devotee...

With Nail Bliss' newest product launch, you'll no longer have to go to the nail salon to splurge on a professional quality gel manicure. The One Step Gel Polish combines the base, color, and top coat, which is followed by curing the manicure with the Professional LED Light. The light is...

UV Lamps Yes, it's true the UV lamps used to harden the gels during gel manicures are like mini tanning beds, which everyone should avoid at all costs. However, they only produce about 60 watts of power whereas tanning beds produce about 1200 watts or more. "I do not think these lights...

99 for the kit, and 20 uses in each kit, that works out to about $4 a manicure. Not too shabby when you consider that in-salon manicures usually run upwards of $20 each. Bottom line: It's definitely cheaper than getting your nails done at the salon, but requires a lot of patience and time in...

Though I covet the look of gel-perfect nails, I can't bring myself to get them. And here's why. Chemicals and Cancer Could the perfection of the gel be toxin-free? I was dubious. Curious to learn about a safer gel manicure, I contacted several less-toxic nail polish companies that are...

Even at-home gel manicure kits are expensive and tricky to use. Okay, I'm starting to sound like the black and white portion of an infomercial. The truth is, I love the look gel manicures but hate the removal process. Once my manicurist didn't let my nails soak in the acetone for long...

 

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