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Gel nails or semi-permanent varnish

              Gel nails or semi-permanent varnish

Gel nails or semi-permanent varnish

Gel nails, semi-permanent varnish, what are the differences?

Gel nails are, in a way, false nails. A gel is applied directly to the nail, or on artificial capsules attached to the end to gain length. These are more rarely used, as they are unnatural unless you opt for a French manicure. The gel is then modeled by the beautician, then catalyzed - set to harden - under a UV lamp. Once hardened, the gel nails form a real protective shell on the natural nail and can be varnished.

Semi-permanent varnish, for its part, is halfway between gel nails and classic varnish. It has the consistency of nail polish and is applied with the same ease, in four coats: base, two coats of varnish, and topcoat. However, each coat must cure under the UV lamp before proceeding. On arrival, the nails are lacquered in a beautiful uniform color, solid, and very shiny.

The duration of gel nails against semi-permanent varnish

Gel nails and semi-permanent varnish are both subject to nail regrowth: after two weeks on average, three at most, the natural nail appears at the base. In theory, both, therefore, display a similar lifespan. In fact, semi-permanent varnish can tarnish and flake off after ten to fifteen days. Gel nails, on the other hand, show almost no change, as the protective shell is solid.

Another major difference is the follow-up! When the natural nail becomes too visible, semi-permanent varnish offers only one solution: remove the varnish. It is then possible to carry out a new application, provided that you do not exceed three successive applications. Beyond that, the varnish could damage the nails, which take at least one month naturally. Gel nails, for their part, can stay in place ... A visit to the beautician is enough to fill the base of the nail, every three weeks on average. In this case, a gel nail can stay in place for months at a time!

Gel nails, advantages and disadvantages

Thanks to their almost untouchable protective shell, gel nails allow the nail below to grow stronger without external aggression. They are particularly recommended for women who bite their nails. They also hide the flaws and allow all the fantasies of decor, even shape, why not in 3D!

Their only flaw? Remaining in place for a long time and completely covering natural nails, they are no longer exposed to UV rays which thicken them. When the gel is removed, the nails are soft and require 3 to 6 months of care to fully regenerate.


gel nails or semi-permanent varnish

Semi-permanent varnish, advantages, and disadvantages

The semi-permanent varnish is applied faster and more simply than gel nails. There are even semi-permanent home varnish kits! The color and decor possibilities are endless, and the result is similar to that of classic nail polish. This type of manicure is ideal on vacation, in particular.


gel nails or semi-permanent varnish

Its weakness, however, lies in the difficulty of removal, the most delicate step. Semi-permanent varnishes can damage nails if improperly applied or removed improperly.