there are always new kinds of nail treatments and products coming out and often it’s hard to know which is the best one for you.  gel overlays are relatively new in the nail game and they are perfect for people who are looking for strong shorter nails.

5 things you need to know about gel overlays

what is a gel overlay? 

gel overlay is a type of gel that is applied over the entire nail to strengthen and protect it.  it is made up of a gel base and top coat, which are both cured under a uv light.

how does gel overlay work?

a clear or tinted hard gel applied to your natural nail to add strength. An overlay can be refilled just like a nail extension. 

how long does gel overlay last? 

gel overlays typically last for between 2-4 weeks, so long as they were applied correctly, protected, and they are well taken care of.

what’s the difference between shellac and gel overlay?

gel overlays are almost always hard gel, while shellac polish is just that, polish. overlays can shape the nail, while polish does not. overlays skip the extension step with acrylic or gel being applied directly onto your natural nails and shaped by hand or by using ‘forms’, before being buffed to create that glossy effect. great for anyone with nails lacking in natural wow factor.

what’s the difference between a gel over lay and a nail dip?

gel overlay  is cured onto the nail using light (without the UV or LED light, it will remain wet). dip manicures, on the other hand (ha-ha we love a pun) use colored powder acrylic mixed with a glue-type resin that cures in the air.  dip powders generally need to be redone in two to three weeks, while the standard for gel overlay is three to four weeks. resins in a dip powder may be susceptible to water and household cleaners, while gel is solvent resistant, so gel overlays ten to last longer for people who frequently wash their hands.