Can I use gel polish without UV light?

Can I use gel polish without UV light?

While you will be able to apply gel nail polish without a UV light, the other “processes” of drying are long and will not give the quality results you expect. A UV light is what dries the gel quickly and without fail. It’s impossible to air it out, as it will remain runny or smudge.

Can I put regular polish over gel?

Can you put regular nail polish over the gel base coat? Yes, you can put regular nail polish on top of a gel base coat; the base coat acts as the protective layer that will stop the nail polish from staining your natural nails.

What nail lamps do salons use?

  • Sunuv Gel UV Nail Lamp $34 Buy Now.
  • LKE Gel UV LED Nail Lamp $20 Buy Now.
  • Ovlux Professional Nail Dryer $35 Buy Now.
  • Kempa Mini UV LED Nail Dryer $10 Buy Now.
  • MelodySusie UV LED Nail Lamp $20 Buy Now.
  • DeepDream LED Nail Lamp $18 Buy Now.
  • Gelish Harmony Professional Salon LED Light Lamp $200 Buy Now.

What wattage LED lamp do I need for gel nails?

32 Watt

Will a 9W LED lamp cure gel?

As these generate light over a much smaller range of wavelengths, the light intensity is greater than a traditional UV CFL lamp that blasts light across a much wider spectrum – much of it unused to cure the nail gel. So a 9W LED UV lamp, is going to cure gel polish much faster than a 9W CFL UV lamp.

Is UV or LED better for gel nails?

For the distinct reason that LED nail dryers offer a faster drying time compared to UV lights, they are said to be safer than UV lights. It takes UV lights anywhere from 8-10 minutes to cure gels, while LED lamps take 30-45 seconds. Second, LED bulbs last much longer than UV bulbs.

Can you cure PolyGel with LED?

Unlike hard gel, PolyGel is not self-leveling, but stays where you place it; unlike acrylic, it doesn’t harden until it’s cured in an LED or UV lamp. Cure time is about 30 seconds in an LED lamp or two minutes in a UV lamp. PolyGel nails do not experience heat spikes during curing.

Do Polygel nails break easily?

“It has the strength of acrylic, but is lighter, stronger, and [more] flexible,” says Lim. Because of this, Polygel nails are less likely to break off.

Does Polygel ruin your nails?

It doesn’t ruin or damage your nails. With the proper application and removal, there’s no need to worry about harming your natural nails. What does the removal process look like? Your nail technician will file the PolyGel from your nails to remove the bulk of it.

How many watts does it take to cure Polygel?

What Wattage is Best for a Gel Nail Lamp? Most professional LED and UV nail lamps are at least 36 watts. This is because higher watt bulbs can cure gel polish faster “ which is very important in a salon setting.

Why is my PolyGel still sticky?

The sticky residue that is left on the nail after curing is caused from the oxygen in the air near the upper layer of gel that doesn’t let the oligomers link together to cure properly which results in that sticky layer of uncured gel. It’s just a matter of oxygen. For example, when you apply ONE layer of gel, cure it.

Can you over cure PolyGel?

Over-curing a gel is possible. Some gels will discolor when over-cured and some will lose the gloss, while others will do both or neither. So much of this depends on the gel and the curing light. Each manufacturer should be able to assist the nail technician in what issues they may see with over-curing the product.

Can a 6W lamp cure PolyGel?

Amazing Curing: Makartt 6W nail dryer curies all gels fast and efficiently. Low Heat & Painless: The nail lamp cures your gel polish or poly nail gel with low heat and protects your hands.

What lamp is best for Polygel?

Best UV Nail Lamps

  • MelodySusie 54W. Even though it takes longer to cure than LED nail lamps, you can fit both hands or both feet inside the MelodySusie 54W at the same time.
  • SUNUV Sun2 48W. The SUNUV Sun2 has UV/LED dual light, so it works well on all gel and shellac polishes.
  • MiroPure 36W.
  • USpicy 24W.
  • Liberex 48W.

Is a UV lamp needed for Polygel nails?

Do I need LED/UV Light for Polygel? It is recommended that you use a Gelish 18g / 36W LED light as Polygel is manufactured to be cured all the way through at a wavelength of 395-405 nanometers. We do not recommend using UV light with Polygel.

Is PolyGel hard to remove?

Removing PolyGel PolyGel is not a soak off gel so the best way to remove it is by filing it off. Because it is a soft gel, it is very easy to file off using an e-file or by hand, but when removing, it is not necessary to file off the entire product.

Does acetone remove PolyGel?

To avoid direct contact with natural nails, you can keep a thin layer of poly gel behind. And then soak the nails in acetone to soak the remaining poly gel to scrape them off finally.

How do you get PolyGel off without acetone?


  1. Lift up part of the gel nail.
  2. Pour water over the lifted edge and push the gel polish off.
  3. Use olive oil or cuticle oil if the nail won’t come off with water.
  4. Buff off any remaining gel residue with a nail file.
  5. Nourish your nails with cuticle oil and your hands with hand cream.

Can you put regular nail polish over PolyGel?

You can absolutely use either gel or traditional polish overtop of PolyGel. If you want the flexibility of making regular colour changes, opt for traditional polish. After your PolyGel application, apply a layer of Top it Off Top Coat BEFORE applying two coats of your favourite nail polish.

Can you remove PolyGel with alcohol?

Alcohol only works while it’s still wet and hasn’t been cured. Once it’s cured, the soak-off type needs to be scuffed then soaked with acetone.