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Hello,

I applied gelish for the first time last night. I tested two of my own fingers. It looked great but I was able to peel it off this morning. Can you tell me what I may have done wrong? I followed directions from Harmony:

Bonder-1 min cure
Cleanse
Foundation
Color -2min cure
Repeat Color and cure
Top Coat- 2 min cure

Maybe I missed something? Thank you very much.
maybe it wasn't capped good? I've use Gelish along with other brands and I've never had a problem. How long since you changed the bulbs in the lamp?
After I posted, I realized I probably need to change the bulb! I will do that and try again. Thank you. So my procedure does sound okay though?
I'm wondering why you cleanse after applying bonder?
I just went back. I didn't cleanse. I was trying to remember (it was early in the am.) I did follow the directions given though, so I guess i need to invest in more bulbs.
I apply using LED

push back cuticles & dry manicure
client washes hands
lightly buff nail & then brush off dust
Clean nail plate with 99% alcohol to remove any oils or soap residue left on nails
dehydrate with "PH Bond"
Thin coat of "Foundation" cure 10 sec or 1 min UV
Dry wipe "Foundation" coat
apply 2-3 thin coats color cure 30 to 40 sec or 2-3 min UV
"Topcoat" cure 30 sec or 2 min UV

clean with 99% alcohol again apply hand cream & oil

I just make sure the nail is really clean & make sure I cap the edges with all the coats. I also sometimes will use a bonder just on the very tips of the free edge for clients prone to chipping or are hard on their nails. I also use 1-2 coats of "Structure on some clients with thinner nails or who have damage just to make them a bit stronger.

Hope this helps..I have much success with Gelish except sometimes with removal

(04-06-2012, 04:38 PM)suestation Wrote: [ -> ]I apply using LED

push back cuticles & dry manicure
client washes hands
lightly buff nail & then brush off dust
Clean nail plate with 99% alcohol to remove any oils or soap residue left on nails
dehydrate with "PH Bond"
Thin coat of "Foundation" cure 10 sec or 1 min UV
Dry wipe "Foundation" coat
apply 2-3 thin coats color cure 30 to 40 sec or 2-3 min UV
"Topcoat" cure 30 sec or 2 min UV

clean with 99% alcohol again apply hand cream & oil

I just make sure the nail is really clean & make sure I cap the edges with all the coats. I also sometimes will use a bonder just on the very tips of the free edge for clients prone to chipping or are hard on their nails. I also use 1-2 coats of "Structure on some clients with thinner nails or who have damage just to make them a bit stronger.

Hope this helps..I have much success with Gelish except sometimes with removal
Thank you. Wonderful!
(04-06-2012, 08:18 AM)Tashawna Wrote: [ -> ]Hello,

I applied gelish for the first time last night. I tested two of my own fingers. It looked great but I was able to peel it off this morning. Can you tell me what I may have done wrong? I followed directions from Harmony:

Bonder-1 min cure
Cleanse
Foundation

Color -2min cure
Repeat Color and cure
Top Coat- 2 min cure

Maybe I missed something? Thank you very much.

It should be:
Apply Bonder
Foundation - 1 min cure
dry brush (but not necessary)

and good prep before

Did it today. Worked out. Thank you all. I will still have to get new bulbs, but I think my prep needed the work. Thank you for helping!The pic is in my manicures album on my FB page if you'd like to see.
quick question. I have Gelish led light 18G..... if we cure the foundation for 10 seconds, why isn't there a 10 second button. There is 5, 20 and 30... makes absolutely no sense.
I think the 18G lamp which is a larger more LED lights lamp will cure all 5 fingers at one time & is a 5 sec time for "Foundation" base coat
I have the 9G which is a 4 finger cure lamp & it is a 10 sec "Foundation" base coat cure Smile
http://www.nailharmony.com/products/led-lamps.html

Both lamps tho cure either 20-30 sec color coats & 30 sec Topcoat
I wouldn't mind getting an LED, I'm hoping I can get a good deal at IBS. Coming out of school is breaking me!

sobeit

Another thing I learned about Gelish and it solved any problem I had ever encountered is to dry wipe the foundation no matter what. It should look a little dull, or matte and not a gloss. I thought I was applying it so thin, I actually put a dab in the center of the nail and used a small synthetic gel brush to scrub it into the nail. After dry wiping my already thin layer I have had nothing but impeccable wear. I am also one of those line mixers and will use Gelish Foundation with NSI color and Gelish top it off. It works even with colors I was having trouble with. NSI would not stay on with its own base coat when the original formula was released. I used the Gelish with great results. As long as I dry wipe.
I prefer OPI gelcolor base now, as it cures that matte look for me.