In this article, I am gonna share with you 6 easy tips to make your Polygel Nails extremely durable, long-lasting and prevent them from coming off prematurely.
How Long Does Polygel Nails Last For
If applied correctly Polygel Nails can last for 3-4 weeks. But Polygel’s lifespan will vary greatly with each individual.
You see the more activity that you do; such as gardening, cleaning and cooking will expose your nails to harsh chemicals and other environmental factors which would decrease the lifespan of your Polygel Nails. This is true for all types of manicures from acrylic nails to dip powder. Citation.
Tips to Make Your Polygel Nails Last Longer
1- Correctly Prep & Clean Your Nails
The most important thing you can do to make your Polygel Nails last longer is to correctly prepare and clean your nails before applying any product.
To prep your nails you need to:
1- Firstly, remove any existing products on your nails such as nail polishes or acrylics.
2- Secondly push back and align your cuticles – to do so you need to take a cuticle pusher and push your cuticles towards the back of your nails.
If you apply your Polygel Nails without tending to cuticles, some of the Polygel would be applied to the cuticle area instead of directly onto your nails which can lead to lifting.
3- Thirdly File Your Nails – Use a medium grit nail file to file your nails. This removes the sheen from your nails making it rougher which would allow the Polygel to adhere better. Filing also help to remove any cuticle skin on your nails that would cause lifting.
You can use a 180 grit nail file, you can click here to see the price for one on Amazon.
4- Wipe your nails with either acetone or rubbing alcohol – Once you have filed your nails, you need to clean them with either acetone or rubbing alcohol.
This helps to remove any oil and dirt that might be on your nails which can prevent the Polygel from adhering.
Video to Show How to Prep Your Nails For Polygel
2- Use a Nail Primer and a Dehydrator
Nail Primers and Dehydrators are essential for long lasting manicures – especially if your manicures are prone to lifting.
Dehydrators are used to remove any moisture and oil from the nail plate. Both oil and moisture can hinder the Polygel from bonding to your nails.
Nail Primers make small microscopic scratches on your nails to roughen them up. This allows the Polygel to grip onto your nail plates allowing them to adhere better and last much longer.
How to Apply Nail Primer & Dehydrator.
Once your nails have been prepped apply a coat of the dehydrator on each of your nails and then apply a coat of the nail primer.
Morovan has a great nail primer and dehydrator combo set that works great with Polygel, you can click here to see the current price for it on Amazon.
3- Use a Gel Base and Top Coat
A good gel base and top coat can make your Polygel Nails more durable and look more glossy.
Gel Base Coat – bonds firmly with your nail plate whilst at the same time creates a nice sticky layer for your Polygel to adhere onto.
Gel Top Coat – creates a hard and durable glossy layer over your Polygel Nails preventing them from:
- Getting scratched easily
- Creates a buffer layer to prevent the Polygel from being exposed to harsh chemicals which can quickly break down the Polygel.
I recommend Gelish Base and Top Coat, they are a bit expensive but they are by far the best Gel Base & Top Coat. You can click here to see the current price for a combo set on Amazon.
4- Don’t Use too Much Slip Solution
Slip Solution is the chemical that comes with most Polygel Kit that you soak your brush in to make the Polygel softer so that it is easier to mould.
Now Slip Solution is mostly made of rubbing alcohol and I have found that if you use too much slip solution it makes your Polygel’s color a bit more faded.
So my advice is that you try to use a small amount of slip solution when sculpting your Polygel Nails
5- Invest in a Good Brand of Polygel
They are a wide variety of different brands of Polygel available. And a lot of these brands are super cheap but low quality and wouldn’t be very durable and long-lasting.
So I recommend sticking with a high-quality brand that is more likely to be durable and look really good.
I have an entire article where I will guide you on how to select the best Polygel Kit that would fit your needs, you can click here to read it.
But if you are in a hurry, Gershion has the best quality Polygel on the market. That will last you for a long time without popping off.
They are a bit more expensive but they are worth paying a few extra dollars. You can click here to see the current price for a Gershion combo set on Amazon.
6- Avoid Exposing your Polygel Nails to Harsh Chemicals
My final tip to make your Polygel Nails last longer is to avoid exposing your nails to harsh conditions such as; heat from cooking, strong detergents from cleaning, and pesticides from gardening.
These conditions tend to wear away your polygel nails and make them faded and more prone to lifting.
So I recommend wearing gloves when cleaning, cooking, or gardening to protect your Polygel nails
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