Gel nail extension is the process of increasing a natural nail with the help of artificial materials (tips, forms). The procedure takes from an hour to two. You can carry it out in the cabin, and you can do it yourself at home. About how to properly grow nails, let's talk in the article.
Nail extension methods
Nail extension is of two types: gel and acrylic. The latter is cheaper and the time is faster (about 30 minutes). To date, women use the services of masters in nail gel.
The length of the natural nail increases by:
Tipsy - artificial false nails made of plastic. They are attached to the natural nail with glue and then cut to the desired length. From them you can make the following forms:
- stiletto (pointed shape of the nail);
Tipsy are used both for gel building, and for acrylic. The classic material of their manufacture is ivory. Tips for French manicure are sold separately, they are attached to the nails and then nothing can be changed and corrected.Paper forms for nail gel
Gel nail extension can be done on forms. They come from:
Paper forms for building sold in packages (50-100 pieces). They are used according to the scheme: one form - one use. The advantage of building gel on forms is the ability to create individual size and design of the nail.
Metallic forms can be used several times. They are made from a material such as Teflon. With the help of a metal mold for building the master simulates the desired shape of the nail. After the material freezes, the form is removed and filed under the desired design.
Paper and metal types of material are used as lower forms for building in salons. For home-made beautiful nails are used external and upper forms. The material from which they are made - plastic.
Necessary tools and materials
For gel nails at home, you need to prepare high-quality materials and tools. The period during which the nails will hold and how soon a correction will be required depends on them.
Gel nail extension tools:
- Ultraviolet lamp;
- nail files;
- four-sided buff;
- orange stick;
In addition to tools for nail gel at home, you need to prepare and materials:
- tips or forms;
- the finish;
- cuticle oil.
After preparing the materials and tools, you can proceed to gel nail extension. Consider the stages of the procedure for modeling nails on forms.
Stages of nail gel on the forms
The process of nail extension consists of several stages. If you follow the sequence correctly, the manicure will turn out beautiful and will last a long time.
Stages of nail gel on the forms:
- Preparation of natural nails.
- Selection and preparation of suitable forms.
- Nail modeling.
- Removing the form and removing the sticky layer.
- The final stage.
The process of nail extension with a gel on forms is similar to an increase in the length of the nail plate on tips. The difference is in the creation of an S-shaped bend. Be sure to before the procedure, degrease the nails in both cases of extension (on tips or forms).
Let us consider in more detail the process of modeling artificial nails using forms.
Preparation of natural nails
Before the procedure of nail extension they should be prepared. First of all, the natural nail plate is treated with an antiseptic or a degreaser. Can be used:
- special liquid for degreasing nails;
- boric acid;
The last remedy is recommended to use extremely rarely. Alcohol is very dry skin and nail plate. The best tool that is recommended to use for degreasing the nail in the process of building nails with gel on forms - primer.
After degreasing the natural nail, take an orange stick and push back the cuticle. After we file the nail plate to the desired shape. Then gloss is erased from the upper surface of the nail. This is accomplished with the help of a quadrilateral buff.
The final stage in the preparation of the nail - re-treatment with antiseptic agents.
Selection and preparation of suitable forms
One of the important stages of nail gel - the choice of form. A woman can use a paper, metal or plastic form. The most convenient form of the form - paper. It is used once and discarded.
After selecting the appropriate form for building the nail gel it is important to properly install it. The success of the natural nail extension procedure will depend on the process of correct fixation of the material.
We offer several Tips for correctly setting the paper form:
- If it is a solid base, then select the appropriate shape and gently insert it under the nail;
- If the form has a soft base, then before installing it should be adjusted. Take scissors and cut a special hole to the size of the nail plate.
Be careful when modeling the forms of a soft base. There should be no gaps, otherwise the gel will leak and the build-up will be spoiled.
If the nail plate is thin, then for the density, 2 forms are fastened at once. This method will make building more stable and strong.
Novice masters are recommended to make each nail separately. Masters can simulate 4 nails and at the end draw out big fingers. Thumbs are drawn last, so that the gel under the slope does not flow and does not spoil the shape of artificial nails.
After the preparation of natural nails to build up the gel and the selection of suitable forms, proceed to the third stage - modeling. Apply the gel on the form, adhering to the rules of capacity.
The material is applied to 3 zones of the nail:
- Cuticle. 1/3 of the natural nail;
- Stress area. We fill 2/3 of the nail plate, and in particular the area where the nail and the form come into contact. Fill 1/3 from her;
- The form. Gel the rest of the form.
The scheme of applying the gel at the stage of nail modeling:
- Using a brush, apply a thin layer of gel in the area of the cuticle;
- In the stress zone, the gel layer thickens. At the junction of the form and the natural nail material is applied very thick. This is done to seal the natural nail;
- The rest of the form is painted with a small layer.
After applying the gel on the nails, fix it in the UV lamp. The time spent by the fingers in it is at least 2-3 minutes. We proceed to the next stage of nail extension.
Removing the form and removing the sticky layer
After fixing the gel in the UV lamp, the form is removed and the nail is polished to the desired length. Grind the nail to create a flat surface. This step is necessary to carry out before applying camouflage gel.
The sticky gel layer is removed by sanding. If the sequence of stages is observed, the nails will be ready for the final stage of gel buildup on the forms.
At the last stage of nail extension with gel, a colored gel is applied at home and the desired pattern is created. The number of layers of camouflage material depends on the density of color. A maximum of 2-3 layers can be applied to the nail.
Each layer of camouflage varnish is dried in a UV lamp.
If a woman wants, then at this stage you can draw a design. If only color is provided, then the step is skipped. Apply the finish-gel and dry it in the lamp. It is recommended to increase the time spent by the nails in the lamp so that all layers of the gel are fixed. The process of nail gel on the forms at home is completed.