Polygel nails are one of the easiest ways to create long-lasting manicures. Because of this, it’s a convenient way of doing your manicures at home even if you’ve never done them before.
The following article will walk you through step by step the different methods of applying Polygel Nails at home.
What are Polygel nails:
In a nutshell, PolyGel is a nail enhancement product. It creates a very effective product for people who do not have a lot of skills or experience with nails, such as nail filing, shaping, or use of nails brushes.
Acrylic powder and nail gel are combined to create PolyGel. When exposed to a UV light source, this new mixture becomes flexible, strong, and solid. Operators are able to work on nails for longer periods, allowing them to create a flawless shape.
As with adding tips or extensions, you can apply the gel using an acrylic brush over your natural nails. After brushing it on and shaping it, it is cured using UV or LED light, just like gel polish.
4 Ways to apply Polygel nails:
The easiest and quickest way to use Polygel is with Plastic Dual Forms
With paper nail forms, you can make your nails look exactly how you want them to. This method requires a little more practice and skill but is quite attractive.
Nail Tips, the finest way to make Polygel extensions
By applying them directly to your natural nails
Apply Polygel with dual forms:
Polygel Dual Forms are my recommendation for beginners, especially because they are the easiest way to apply the material. Furthermore, dual forms have a smoother texture at the end – meaning they require less buffing.
Step by Step Application:
- In order to prepare your nails, make sure your cuticles are straight, aligned, and you file your nails with a medium grit file.
- You should then clean your nails with pure alcohol or acetone and apply a dehydrator and nail primer after they have been filed.
- Then apply a gel base coat and allow it to cure for 60 seconds.
- After you have prepped your nails, you can begin applying Polygel by sorting the dual forms according to size.
- For most effective results, use dual forms that are slightly wider than your nails, since the sides of these forms will cover down the sides of your nails completely.
- Wet your brush with slip solution and then place a bead of polygel in the middle of the dual forms
- Then spread the polygel out with the brush
- In the next step, press the dual form onto your nails and then cure it under the UV lamp for 60 seconds.
- When the nails are completely cured, peel off the dual forms and wipe them with rubbing alcohol to remove the sticky layer.
- Finish with a gel top coat and cure for 60 seconds before filing and shaping the edges to your liking.
Apply Polygel with paper nail forms:
As opposed to dual forms, paper nail forms require more skill and take more time. But you can design your nails however you want them to look thanks to the flexibility they offer.
How to apply step by step:
- As a first step, you should push back your cuticles and file your nails with a medium grit nail file.
- Your next step will be to clean your nails with either rubbing alcohol or acetone.
- Let the base coat cure for 60 seconds, then apply a nail dehydrator, a nail primer, and then a gel top coat.
- After you apply and sculpt the Polygel, you can remove the nail form and put it back on. You can watch a video on how to do this down below.
- After 60 seconds have elapsed, cure your Polygel and smooth your nails.
- Finish with your gel topcoat or polish.
Apply Polygel with nail tips:
When Polygel is applied to nail tips rather than free-standing, it tends to remain more durable. As a result, the tips act as a base and keep the polygel from breaking.
Steps for apply:
- Using a medium grit nail file and pushing back your cuticles is the first step in prepping your nails.
- The second step is to wipe your nails with rubbing alcohol or acetone.
- After that, apply a coat of nail primer and dehydrator to your natural nails.
- Stick the nail tips on after that.
- Then apply your Polygel over the entire nail after applying your base coat
- After applying your slip solution, you can shape your nails to your liking using your brush.
- As soon as the polygel has been sculpted, cure it for 60 seconds and remove the sticky layer with rubbing alcohol.
- Apply your nail polish or top coat after smoothing your nails out.
Directly apply Polygel to nails:
Using Polygel is similar to applying gel nail polish directly to natural nails. Polygel is more durable than gel polish, so it is the better choice.
Steps to apply:
Preparing your nails should be your first step
Using a medium grit nail file, push back your cuticles and file your nails
Afterward, wipe your nails with rubbing alcohol to clean them.
To finish applying the gel base coat, apply a coat of dehydrator, nail primer, and a 60-second cure gel top coat.
Finally, apply a thin coat of polygel.
Spread out the slip solution evenly over your nails using your Polygel Brush dipped in slip solution
To remove the sticky layer, you can cure your nails with rubbing alcohol for 60 seconds before wiping them with rubbing alcohol.
Finish by smoothing the nails out, then applying a gel top coat and curing it for 60 seconds.