I've read many who use Gelcolor say they do not buff the nail (says to on the OPI instruction page) prior to application and have great results
Made me happy, I prefer to not change the nail surface of clients committed to natural nail
OPI also recommends NAS and Bondaid prior to application
I've used them both (trial run) to improved adhesion, they seem to have dried the nail out a lot
Q is.... those who are using Gelcolor successfully, do you do all the steps?
if you alter them, what do you do instead?
Thank you for saving me the trial and error that sometimes turns a client off a new product ;-)
I don't use NAS99. I cleanse the nail plate with Scrubfresh. I have Bondaid cuz it came with the kit, but don't always remember to use it. I don't notice a huge difference in whether I use it or not.
Glad to hear it.
I use straight up acetone or a mix of acetone with alcohol to cleanse the nail plate. I also always buff the nail lightly to remove surface debri and oils. I do it with traditional manicures and pedicures as well. I use what works for me and I like plain ol acetone to dehydrate. I also dont use 99% alcohol to remove the dispersion layer. I use 70% cleansing alcohol from sallys. It smells like cherries.
I love that cherry scented alcohol too!
I use scrubfresh. I do like it better than just alcohol. Our shop uses generic alcohol for removing the tacky layer. I don't use bond-aid, but I do use linkage. Other than that steps are pretty general. However, I have found that two top coats on gel polish works best.