The choice of gels for nail extension is a rather difficult matter, because there are a lot of manufacturers of such materials; the products they manufacture are diverse in their characteristics. Gels differ in consistency, color, application characteristics, and masters who use products of a particular company select them mainly by experience. So how do you make the right choice?
Before settling on any brand of gels, try to find out everything about the most famous manufacturers. Reputable firms usually have a website. Go in and check out the information about what they produce, whether they have their own laboratories, how they test their products, whether any of them have their own distribution network in your city. All this testifies to the solidity of the manufacturer and will be a guarantee that you will not stumble upon a "garage-basement" company with dubious goods, and will also be able to decide how you will replenish your stocks.
Choose two or three manufacturers that are most attractive to you and pay attention to whether they have recommendations or instructions for working with materials, and in particular with gel materials. This will give you a preliminary idea of the pros and cons of the various gels.
Do not forget to look for independent reviews of the products of these companies and the nuances of their use. You can also ask about gels from the masters who do manicure using this technology in your city.
It is better if you are looking for not just gels, but gel systems, which already include everything you need for nail extension, including, possibly, ultraviolet devices. There are special starter kits for beginners on sale - these kits are often supplemented with training discs.
When buying a gel, pay attention to whether it has a quality certificate.
Think about what exactly you expect from using the gel, what effect you want to get, whether you are interested in transparent or colored gels, what consistency it should be and how to harden. Please note that there are gels that harden under the influence of UV rays and those that harden when applied to them, the so-called. polymerization catalyst.
Gels of the first group are odorless, more liquid, therefore they are easily applied, and after drying, they lend themselves well to processing. But keep in mind that usually manufacturers of such materials produce in addition a lamp that creates the most optimal temperature regime for their gels. If you use a different lamp, you run the risk of not guessing with the power and as a result you will get either sticky, "rubber" nails, or overdried - brittle and darkened.
Gels of the second group do not need to be kept under the light of a lamp. They are thicker and more viscous in consistency and are usually applied either with a brush or directly from a tube. These gels are more difficult to process, but also more durable.
You must decide how you want to apply the varnish: one time, two or three. The most economical option, which is suitable for beginners, is a single-phase gel. This is best suited for people with sensitive skin and weak nails. But if you are interested in complex textures and patterns, three-phase gels are more suitable for this.