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  • Gelish
  • Q: What is VitaGel and how is it used?
  • A: VitaGel is a treatment gel for the natural nail and it meant to be used without Foundation Gel. To use VitaGel, prepare the natural nail in the same way you would prepare for a Gelish application. Then, apply a thin layer of VitaGel and cure for 30 seconds in the 18G LED lamp. Once cured, there are 3 different options: 1. Cleanse the VitaGel and apply nourish. 2. Cleanse the VitaGel and apply nourish. Then have the client wash their hands, and apply a traditional nail lacquer. 3. Dry brush the tacky layer with a clean, dry brush. Apply 2 coats of a Gelish colour, Top It Off and cleanse. Remember, VitaGel is a treatment so it will not last as long as a regular Gelish application. Expect wear of around 7-10 days.
  • Q: Is Gelish gluten free?
  • A: Yes, Gelish is gluten free.
  • Q: What causes the Gelish to "bubble" or "wrinkle"?
  • A: This happens because the colour was applied too thick. The light has to be able to completely penetrate the gel to cure completely, so if the colour is too thick, the pigment acts as a barrier between the gel and the light. There will be a layer of cured product, and some uncured underneath, causing the wrinkling on top as the gel is moving over uncured product. The only way to fix this is by removing and reapplying. To avoid this, use much thinner coats of colour, and if necessary, use a 3rd coat to ensure proper coverage.
  • Q: Can Structure Gel be used to sculpt or be used with a tip?
  • A: Structure Gel is meant to be a natural nail overlay or ridge filling product only. It does not have the strength to be applied over a tip or to sculpt an extension.
  • Q: Is Gelish 3 free (toluene, formaldehyde and dibutylphalate)?
  • A: Yes! Gelish is 3-Free!
  • Q: When the Top It Off is cleansed after curing some colour comes off. What did I do wrong?
  • A: If some of the colour came off, it usually means the product isn't cured properly. This could be due to incorrect finger placement in the lamp (too far in, normally). However, it could be because of an incorrect wavelength in an LED lamp or incorrect wattage in a UV lamp.
  • Q: Can a paraffin wax treatment be done after a Gelish application?
  • A: Yes, a paraffin wax treatment after the Gelish has been applied.
  • Q: Why does the white on a french discolour?
  • A: Gelish is porous, this is why it soaks off. Because it is porous, it means it can become stained if it comes into contact with makeup or colour transfer from dyed clothing or hair. It will appear much quicker on a plain, white tip! To avoid this by applying a coat of Dual Coat after the finished Gelish application.
  • Q: Can Gelish be infilled, and if so, how?
  • A: It can be infilled, but we recommend only doing an infill once, using the same colour. To do this, you need to prep the nail as normal, and use a 240/240 grit Harmony Wood File to blend the existing Gelish. Then, prep the natural nail with the 180 side of the 100/180 grit sponge buffer. Then, cleanse the dust and apply Foundation Gel to the natural nail only. Then, complete the Gelish application as normal.
  • Q: How is Gelish removed from an artificial nail?
  • A: Gelish has to be buffed off an artificial nail.
  • Q: Why have the brushes in some of my Gelish bottles gone hard or twisted?
  • A: If the brush has hardened, is has cured product on it. Make sure to keep the brush itself away from UV or LED light when using it, even just a second or two of exposure can start to cure the product and harden the brush. If the brush has twisted, there is cured product in the bottom of the bottle, and as the lid is being twisted on to the bottle, the brush is being pressed against cured product and twisting.
  • Q: What is the dominant wavelength range of the 2 watt LED in the lamps?
  • A: The dominant wavelength range is about 400nm.
  • Q: Is the Soak Off Remover drying to the skin?
  • A: The Soak Off Remover is in the acetone family, however, is has conditioners in to eliminate drying the skin and cuticle. We always recommend applying Nourish Cuticle Oil twice a day.
  • Q: Can Gelish be used over hard gel or acrylic, and if so, how?
  • A: Yes, as long as it is being applied to a rough surface filed with a 100 grit Nail Harmony Buffer or a 180 grit file. Remember, Gelish cannot be soaked off of acrylic without removing the acrylic nail, too.
  • Q: Does Gelish cause any chemical damage to the natural nail plate?
  • A: The Gelish system uses only a pH balancing agent called pH Bond, which stabilises the moisture level of the nail. The Foundation Gel has adhesive properties that bond to the natural keratin within the nail plate, not causing any damage, acting as a two-sided tape which adheres the surface of the nail to the Gelish system.
  • Q: How is Gelish removed?
  • A: Lightly file over the surface of the nail, apply Gelish Artificial Nail Remover to a piece of a cotton pad just the size of the nail, and place on the nail. Wrap the nail with foil and allow the nails to soak for 10-12 minutes. Then use an orange wood stick to gently rub the product off of the nail plate. For easier removal, use Magis Wraps for fingers!
  • Q: How long does Gelish last?
  • A: Gelish will last until you soak it off. It doesn't peel or chip as it performs like a gel. We generally recommend getting your Gelish treatment soaked off/reapplied after 21 days.
  • Q: Does Top It Off need to be cleansed?
  • A: Yes, after you curing, the Gelish Top It Off needs to be cleansed, as it will appear sticky and as if it isn't dry.
  • Q: Is Gelish used with a top coat?
  • A: Yes, Gelish Top It Off is a soak off gel top coat that seals the Gelish Soak Off Gel Polish. Top It Off cures under UV or LED lights and has a long lasting high shine.
  • Q: Is Gelish used with a base coat?
  • A: Yes, Gelish Foundation Gel is new technology for gel adhesion. It is designed to create a bond between the Gelish colour and the natural nail plate. There is no primer necessary for a Gelish application. It is cured under a UV or LED light.
  • Q: Why and how should I use Gelish Structure Gel and how is it removed?
  • A: Structure Gel performs as a heavy-duty ridge filler, as it will help smooth them out. It is also used for clients who need an extra layer of strength on weak or brittle nails. Structure Gel is always used with Foundation Gel, and then can be applied before or after colour application.