How to apply gel polish to strengthen nails

How to apply gel polish to strengthen nails

Apply gel polish for the first time:

  1. Remove any old gel polish on the nails using any of these safe methods.
  2. Do not try to buff your nail surface too much to remove ridges of dents because it will make your nails much thinner unnecessarily. If a nail surface is bumpy or rough, you can apply additional layers of gel top coat to help to level the irregularities.
  3. Shorten nails to the length that you are comfortable with. If you want to take a break from gel polish then you should go for a shorter, natural-looking length.
  4. Apply dehydrator/PH-balance solution on the entire nail surface. Allow time for drying.
  5. Apply a thin coat of gel base coat then cure for 30 to 45 seconds.
  6. Apply a thin coat of gel top coat and cure for 30 to 45 seconds. Do additional coats if necessary.
  7. Clean nails with alcohol or cleanser if needed.

Apply gel base coat and top coat the second time

After a two-week time or so, you will have a growth area near the cuticles. To apply gel base coat and topcoat to cover this new growth, follow these simple steps:

  1. Wash hands and nails with water and soap.
  2. Do use a nail brush or an old toothbrush to scrub away any cuticles that stick to the nail and let dry for 15 minutes. Warm air from a hairdryer will make the drying time shorter.
  3. Lightly buff the nail surface, and use a shorter edge of a buffer to gently roughen the new growth with only a few passes.
  4. Apply dehydrator/PH-balance solution on the new growth area only. Allow drying completely.
  5. Apply gel base coat on the new growth area only and cure for 30 to 45 seconds. Make sure that you scrape as much base coat on the brush as you can because you are not covering the whole nail.
  6. Apply gel topcoat on the entire nail surface and cure for 30 to 45 seconds. Do not forget to cap the free edges, especially if you have to trim or shape the nails.
  7. Clean nails with alcohol or cleanser if needed.

You can repeat this process every two weeks, two to three times if it still looks good.

How to apply gel polish to strengthen nails
How to apply gel polish to strengthen nails (by Nail FAQ)

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