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#1
Hi everyone, I've decided to get back into the industry after two an a half years. I feel lost! Shellac? Vinylux? Gel color? what's the best. I hated gel color. I used to use young nails for gel and acrylic. I liked OPI for mani-pedis.
So what's up with the Shellac, what's the difference between that I with Vinylux? Now I see all most every company with gel polish, even Seche Vite, which I always used for top coat. I would appreciate any input. I did get a starter kit of both Shellac and Vinylux.
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#2
Welcome back to the industry, hun! Everyone has their preference so ya just got to find out what works best for you! Here is a summary of the difference between Vinylux and Shellac for ya:

Vinylux - 7 days wear, no light, dries quick, removes with polish remover, no base coat.

Shellac - 2-3 weeks wear, uv light cured, 100% dry when done, soak off with acetone

Hoping this helps ya out a bit!
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#3
Ok, so i am now using shellac, with protein bond. been working great. also Gellish. But whats everyone using these days for gel nails, i have Young Nails. But i was curious about CND Brisa gel? Does anyone use it?
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#4
Gather your information and determine what it is you want to offer your clients. The gel polishes (shellac, Gellish, Opi, Young) all offer different formulas. Do you want 100$ gel or do you want a mixture of polish & gel? If you want a mixture, what ration do you want? ei: Shellac is 18% gel the balance pollish (I could be off just a few) where gellish is 60% gel and 40% polish (again, may be off a tad). Just wanting to give you examples.
Brisa is a nice gel "system" but it is a full gel product.
The vinylux is more of a polish..not sure what the curing factor is.
In any case, several salons I work with carry "all" brands to offer different colors and consistencies.
When I had my salon, some of my clients could wear Shellac and others couldn't. Yet, some did very well with Gellish and others didn't.
I can say, if I were to start over again, I would carry all options of gel polishes etc. 1 gel system (probaby Brisa and 1 acrylic product)
Take the classes of each system and learn from all of them.
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#5
Thanks for the input!
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