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Hard gel and SOG
#1
Good morning NailTech friends. I am back to pick your brains. For years I have been using Tammy Taylor and CND acrylic. The gel craze has had me expand however, I don't like the exposure to acetone. My brother is a safety engineer and DISLIKES the acetone the most out of all of the chemicals I use.
I have some clients that Shellac and other SOG work for but some always come in with chips. Chips even after their nails have gotten in good shape. I felt like the transition from acrylic to SOG is difficult for them because they are used to the strength of acrylic. Recently I have tried Brisa lite because I can build it up. It seems to work better but the soak off time takes longer which means I am taking longer. I really like the gel but would like to know if the hard gel I can fill without taking them off everytime. Maybe just file them down. Any suggestions?
Also, do you have to file the hard gel completely off?
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#2
I am not sure what you are asking. I use hard gel. I use gel polish on top or embed things in it. I just file it down some, filing off the gel polish, prep the natural nail that grows in the back and fill. Is this what you mean? When I use just sog polish, they break nails. It doesn't add the strength that regular gel does. I always feel that gel polish adds about the strength of 3 coats of polish. Not sure if that is right though. Anyone else? Once in a while, I use Nailite gentle gel, which is a sog, but mostly I use that on toes.
Brenda
Electrologist 30
Nail tech 3 years
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#3
(03-29-2013, 01:47 PM)nailfun Wrote: I am not sure what you are asking. I use hard gel. I use gel polish on top or embed things in it. I just file it down some, filing off the gel polish, prep the natural nail that grows in the back and fill. Is this what you mean? When I use just sog polish, they break nails. It doesn't add the strength that regular gel does. I always feel that gel polish adds about the strength of 3 coats of polish. Not sure if that is right though. Anyone else? Once in a while, I use Nailite gentle gel, which is a sog, but mostly I use that on toes.

You answered my question. I have been using brisa lite but I don't like the exposure to acetone to take it off. My clients mostly like pink and white so putting a hard gel on first makes sense. Just file off the sog french. What about putting a layer of hard gel then another layer of pink and white gel? Wouldn't that file off easy as well? Do you prefer a certain brand? I have been using Tammy Taylor acrylic since 1994. When I first started the gel was an old school gel with a brush on activator. haha Thanks for the reply
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#4
I use Gelousy gel. Base then the harder gel, do my french on tips them cover them back with the natural gel. There is no soaking imvolved. I just file off old color or french and fill regrowth and repolish, then cover with natural gel. Easy peasy
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#5
If you are using an electric file to file your gel off, get with Bruce or Nicole at http://www.atwoodindustries.net and try their mean green bit. It will wipe gel right off.
Are your nails Tuff Enuff ??
http://www.tuffenuffnails.us

Brenda Anderson
President/Nail Tech
Tuff Enuff Nails
Checotah, Oklahoma USA
[email protected]
918-231-3000
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#6
I use nailite stylus gel. Love it. Once in a while I use their gentle gel. I use their bits too. I also use their primer and topcoat. If you call, they will send you some wondeful samples. They are awesome. Make sure you check out their Monday specials.
Brenda
Electrologist 30
Nail tech 3 years
Fairytale Nails (Bring on the bling)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brenda-Loc...1768602978
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#7
TEN Gel is a one step gel, NO base, builder then top coat. Although we do have an amazingly shinny uv cure topa coat that works great on ALL gels and acrylics.
Are your nails Tuff Enuff ??
http://www.tuffenuffnails.us

Brenda Anderson
President/Nail Tech
Tuff Enuff Nails
Checotah, Oklahoma USA
[email protected]
918-231-3000
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#8
I love the Brisa Lite Sculpting Gel. You have to file down the sculpting gel a bit if you are going to wrap them to remove them. It shouldn't take any longer than 30 mins if it's been filed down enough. I always did a fill on myself when using it and just did a rebalance like I would traditional gel with no soaking. I like the option of being able to remove it with the nourishing remover instead of filing it all the way off. That was something that I struggled with hard gels, I over filed. Since I'm new, I find it better for me because I don't have to worry about over filing the natural nail with removal. The rebalance was a breeze for me since it files down so easily. I had next to no lifting when I did fills on myself. I've taken them off recently for work in the salon but I think I'm going to put them back on again soon.
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#9
You can rebalance Brisa Lite the same way you would rebalance a hard gel. You can also do a beautiful P&W nail with Brisa Lite. I would recommend trying to find a class in your area if you can Smile

Laura Merzetti
http://www.scratchmyback.ca
CND Education Ambassador
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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