Gel Nail Aftercare
How to look after your gel nails
We often get asked the best way to keep your gel nails in tip top condition so this blog is all about that.
Gel systems have only been around in the UK for a little under 10 years and in that time it’s become super popular because of their quick drying time and chip free shine.
The number of shades increases all the time which means there is always a colour to match your every mood.
So what exactly is gel polish?
Gel polish is a thin brush on formula, it literally goes on your nails just like ordinary nail polish but without the chipping and dulling you see with regular polish.
We use Gelish for our gel polish treatments, not only because it is the number 1 brand of gel polish in the world but because it can stay on your nails chip free for up to two weeks.
(Providing you look after your nails).
Formulated to harden (cure) under light, each coat of gel polish needs to be cured under an LED lamp.
The specially created top coat gives your nails the amazing shine.
We only use official Gelish lamps that have been created specifically for Gelish treatments.
Now we have got that out the way, how do you look after your nails?
Queen B Luxury Nail & Beauty Lounge is widely recognised as a leading salon for natural nail care, in fact, we were nominated “The Best Nail Salon in London” because of this. (London Hair and Beauty Awards 2018)
We always get asked for help and assistance and the most popular question remains the same – How can I get my nails longer without using acrylics?
As we focus only on natural nails, we do not offer acrylic extensions, sns or hard gels and we absolutely love to work with our guests to maintain their nails but it is also a 2 person job.
Yes you also need to put in some work too!
Looking after your nails starts from the moment you leave the salon.
Daily use of the award winning Dadi’Oil cuticle oil is essential.
We use it in all of our nail treatments and it is perfect for nail aftercare.
Dadi’Oil is 95% Certified Organic and made up of more than 20 different ingredients and essential oils.
They are blended with lavender, bergamont and vanilla to deliver flexibility and toughness to the nail.
Why does it need to make your nails flexible?
If you imagine the amount of stress you put your nails through, they need to move with your hands so if your nails are not flexible, they split and break.
The formula in Gelish allows for the gel polish to be flexible and mixed with your daily dose of Dadi’Oil and your nails are able to withstand pretty much everything you do to them.
Your gels will last longer, they will be stronger which means they will not split or chip and they will continue to look amazing.
If your nails are weak and brittle read our blog about IBX Nail Strengthening
Gel Nail Aftercare
Gelish is a porous product so if you have a really light shade, please be careful when cooking especially when using spices.
This rule also works when applying make up, tanning lotion and anything else that can colour run.
Bottom line, always wear gloves whenever possible, especially when washing up or cleaning!
We will love to help and assist you to grow your own natural nails.
We only focus on natural nails so you are in good hands (Pardon the pun) and stock a huge range of products of ensure your hands and feet are in the best possible condition.
What Our Guests Say
Fabulous 1-hour detox massage
Recharged and ready for work after a fabulous 1-hour detox massage at Queen B, which was very much needed after dancing at a festival for 4 days!
Clean, hygienic and professional with a bit of banter.
Fabulous place. First visit but already booked next 2 appointments. Clean, hygienic and professional with a bit of banter.
Amazing Murad Facial
Absolutely amazing murad facial!!! My skin feels beautiful
This salon is superior to others.
This salon is superior to others. You have an inspiring range of colours. Thanks guys.
Best Nail Salon In London
I won’t go anywhere else to get my nails done since discovering Queen B.
They don’t use electric files which damage your nails, instead they really care about looking after your natural nails which a lot of nail shops don’t do!
Everyone is friendly and it’s such a relaxing and fun atmosphere.
I have been coming since it opened
I have been coming to Queen B since the day it opened.
This is the first time I have been back since the new beauty area has been opened and it looks amazing.
Peter and the girls are always friendly and make you feel so welcome.
Gel nails and a lovely spa pedicure which made me feel fab as I have been recovering from an operation.
I have booked my next 3 appointments already as I don’t want to miss out including waxing in the beauty area.
Thanks Queen B team xx
My technician was lovely
I had a lovely Mother’s Day visit and signature pedi with Buck’s Fizz 🙂
My technician was absolutely lovely: my nails were in a real mess but she’s made them look lovely.
Very pleased. Will also start using the beauty salon for waxing – I didn’t know about it until today.
My 3rd visit at Queen B and Kianna never fails at doing my gel nails.
She chose the perfect colour I was looking for for my holiday. So easy to book online.
100% would recommend getting your gels done here.
Amazing Friendly Atmosphere
Amazing and friendly atmosphere from the moment you walk in. I have had Kianna the last few times and she is just brilliant. Friendly and a real perfectionist…
I always come away totally happy with what a great job she’s done
Excelled My Expectations
Such a fantastic treatment – it excelled my expectations.
Tina made me feel so relaxed. All the elements of the treatment had been clearly thought out and it worked so well.
The small touches like a heated bed, warm pillow and eye mask ensured ultimate comfort and relaxation. Thank you! I will be back.
We are very lucky to have Queen B in Croydon!
Thank you so much for a fantastic, relaxing and enjoyable experience at Queen B. Peter was brilliant and very patient with arranging our group booking, and the beauticians were really friendly and gave us all fantastic manicures and pedicures. It’s a lovely salon with lovely staff and we all feel thoroughly relaxed. We are very lucky to have Queen B in Croydon!
Beautiful salon, excellent service!
The best nail salon I’ve been to in South Croydon! I was offered to take my coat off when I arrived by a gentleman at the reception, and got a tea and cookie while I was waiting. The pedicure service was great, it felt like they really took care about my feet. The salon was clean and beautiful, and it is very convenient to make appointment online 24/7! I will be back! 🙂
What A Fantastic Experience
What a fantastic experience from start to finish, never been to Queen b before.
Was following on insta and decided to book a group of 4 for they’re signature pedicures.
Peter managed to book us all in on a Friday at the same time… the staff were absolutely fantastic and very polite.
Peter, well he greeted us with Prosecco…. such a warm welcome thank you.
My feet felt so soft, even with my shoes on I felt as if I was walking on cotton wool.
I will definitely be returning not only for regular pedicures but also hoping to try the Murad facial
I’m a very chilled, relaxed, even happier Queen B customer
The Queen B team have been working magic on my hands and feet for several years but
now following a beautiful refurbishment they have moved into face and body treatments.
Just had my first massage and immediately booked my 2nd.
I’m a very chilled, relaxed, even happier Queen B customer.
Thank you Peter and team, salon looks beautiful and my shoulders haven’t been so far away from my ears in ages!
Without a doubt the best salon on the planet!!!
Without a doubt the best salon on the planet!!! Very professional and positive. Talent with passion. Very thorough and attentive and her attention to detail was spot on. I would not trust anywhere else and the vibe is brilliant. I am really happy with the end result – my nails look gorgeous.
Best Waxing London
Amazing service! My first time with this beauty salon and its by far my favourite. Unbelievable, would definitely recommend!!
Excellent detoxifying massage
Excellent detoxifying massage- I feel so good. The bikini wax was a pleasant experience and professionally done to my satisfaction.
Lots of care and attention went in to find the perfect nail polish and then I was treated like a queen for my manicure and pedicure. Thanks Queen B