Gel Nail Aftercare
How to look after your gel nails
We often get asked the best way to keep up your gel nail aftercare and how 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 they have 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 stays 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 won “The Best Nail Salon in London” (London Hair and Beauty Awards 2019)
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.
Gel Nail Aftercare starts with 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. Mixed with your daily dose of Dadi’Oil, 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 we stock a huge range of products of ensure your hands and feet are in the best possible condition.
What Our Guests Say
Simply incredible results
Surely a treatment to beat all treatments! Simply incredible results
A Murad facial with Dermalux. So good to have a facial with immediate, noticeable results.
Gemma was great, the treatment itself was really relaxing and I came out glowing. What’s not to like…?
Gemma is the absolute best!
I have now become a loyal customer and refuse to go anywhere else because of her service.
She is so lovely and super quick when it comes to waxing.
Nails look perfect
I am never disappointed with a manicure by Charlotte and today was no exception.
My nails look perfect and it was a pleasure chatting with her as always. Thanks
Treatment was painless
The treatment was painless and Fleur has an excellent manner which relaxes her customers.
I always have a fabulous experience getting my nails done at queenb, I decided to have a lash lift done and WOW Gemma has worked magic!, she made me feel relaxed & comfortable not only did she create a warm & friendly atmosphere she has given me lovely long lashes I didn’t realise I had, if you’re thinking about taking the plunge… don’t think just book, it was an absolute pleasure. Fabulous service
Excellent service. Greeted with such a warm welcome, very knowledgeable and good advice given. Definitely would recommend this salon and will return in the future.
I wouldn’t visit any other salon!
Fleur is quick and efficient and I don’t ever stress about having a bikini wax anymore.
I wouldn’t visit any other salon!
My feet look and feel fantastic
I had a great experience at Queen B salon this morning.
Charlotte was professional and very welcoming therapist. My feet look and feel fantastic.
Looking forward to my next treatment x
First time getting a wax!
Gemma was super lovely and very reassuring since this was my first time getting a wax!
Very friendly and made me comfortable
I hate pedicures
Absolutely loved it…I hate pedicures but this time for the first time ever I relaxed and enjoyed it 😊😊😊
Excellent service and very relaxing
Thoroughly enjoyed my Manicure and Pedicure. Excellent service and very relaxing.
Very professional and friendly.
Would definitely recommend Queen B to friends.
Extremely welcoming and friendly
I came to my appointment straight from work with awful looking nails, Gemma transformed them back to looking pretty and healthy.!
Gemma and the other staff members was extremely welcoming and friendly. Lovely atmosphere and very clean salon.
Will definitely return and looking forward to trying more treatments. Thank you Queen B 🙂
So welcoming and helpful
I cannot rate this beauty salon enough, everyone is so welcoming and helpful. I had the lash and brow package with Fleur today and the results are fantastic!
I am so pleased with it.. Fleur is now my go to for lashes and brows! Thank you!
OMG Gemma is BRILLIANT
I’m very pleased with the service I get. Was my first time doing waxing and OMG Gemma is BRILLIANT!!!
Very professional, and always Gemma made your feel comfortable.
I’m looking forward for my next visit at QueenB
Friendly and informative
The therapist was friendly and informative. My nails were really weak and she has made them look amazing! I have my facial with her next week and can’t wait to see what she does!
Best Salon I have ever come across
Best Salon I have ever come across! I am a regular customer and the service is always outstanding.
Fleur did an absolute amazing job with my full body massage today. I feel a lot more relaxed and I genuinely could have gone to sleep during my session. She is AMAZING!
I highly recommend this salon. The team are so welcoming and treat you like stars! If you haven’t been you are most certainly missing out.
They are always amazing
As always, Sharon is a star!! Always a consummate professional – my nails are always gorgeous when she’s finished.
I love the ‘ideas’ she comes up with midway through an appointment.
They are always amazing and better than I came up with! Will always book with her 🙂
Gemma was awesome. This is the first wax I have had in almost 2 years and I have been reminded why I prefer this to shaving.
Was the most painless wax I have had and so quick as well.
I will be back! x
Fleur always does a fine job and is lovely. Lovely wax visit
She manages any discomfort as best she can and is nice to chat with as we go.
5 star treatment
Fleur is amazing. I’ve been getting a variety of treatment for the past year from waxes to massages.
Fleur gives you 5* treatment.
She always makes me feel comfortable and relaxed, it’s always nice to have a catch up.
I always look forward to my time at Queen B
The best facial
The best facial I’ve ever had.
Everytime I visit Queen B I leave feeling like a Queen.
Really great wax
Really great wax! Thank you!
Service was impeccable
I wish there was a rating higher than 5 because the service I received today was impeccable.
Despite having such an intimate treatment, Fleur made me feel so comfortable and at ease.
She was very thorough and honestly gave me the best pedicure I’ve ever received. I can’t wait for my next visit.
After recently going to Queen B for a Murad facial and manicure I left there feeling amazing!!
Staff so professional. The hygiene and cleanliness was 100% .
I also purchased Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion cream. It is The Best I’ve ever used.
Also bought Luxury Dadi Lotion for my hands that get so dry and have seen an amazing improvement.
Thank you Queen B
Best facial I’ve ever had
The best facial I’ve ever had. Fantastic massages included. Would highly recommend. Thank you so much!
I wouldn’t go anywhere else
I have been getting my nails done by Sharon for a good few months now after doing them myself through covid. They needed some serious TLC. Sharon has not only transformed my natural nails but has consistently shaped and finished them off perfectly week after week. I wouldn’t go anywhere else to get them done! Thank you!
Finally managed to be able to book a mani & pedi after having health problems. It was so good to catch up with Sharon once again.
As usual the treatment was very relaxing, and it was so good to finally have feet & hands once again looking neat & tidy.
Sharon is a people’s person, and is definitely doing the job for which she is very well suited.
BEST pedicure ever experienced
Sharon looked after me during my first visit to Queen B, I decided to book the Queen B Luxury Signature Pedicure.
It was 90 minutes of sheer bliss!
I can honestly say, having had pedicures for the past 25+ years, this is without doubt the BEST pedicure ever experienced!
Sharon was really attentive, knowledgeable, kind, and she was incredibly sensitive to my needs, as I have damaged and sensitive toenails on my right foot, due to her expert handling I didn’t feel any pain or sensitivity at all, a marked contrast to past experiences.
The attention to detail throughout the service is amazing, the products used are so luxurious, the paraffin treatment and hot stone massage are without doubt highlights of the treatment!
Sharon is a credit to the salon and I look forward to returning again soon.
Love going to Queen B
I’ve been going to Queen B for several years now and it’s always a fantastic experience.
Sharon is amazing – always makes me feel relaxed and makes my nails look great!
Love going to Queen B
Amazing spa experience
This was my first time at the salon and I will be back for sure! I booked the spa mani/pedi for men and I was blown away by the service.
By far the best experience I’ve had in London.
The therapist was absolutely fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed her banter and her professional expertise. Cannot recommend her and Queen B highly enough.
Treat yourself to an incredible pampering experience, you’ll be glad you did.
Gobsmacked at how amazing the service was
I treated my girlfriend and myself to a signature pedicure and we were both gobsmacked at how amazing the service was.
Every single member of staff was so accommodating and just so lovely.
They did a perfect job and we left the salon feeling like new people.
We absolutely highly recommend this parlour to anyone wanting a truly wonderful experience with truly wonderful staff!
Incredible pregnancy treatment
Incredible pregnancy treatment She paid great attention to my areas of concern and made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. Also Really appreciated all of her advice. Thank you so much! Highly recommend x
High Quality Service! Staff are so welcoming.
From the time I discovered this gem early this year I can’t stop coming back. I started off with a pedicure then came back for the spa manicure & pedicure combo which was absolutely lovely. I booked the detoxifying massage a week later and wow. I left feeling great!
I have booked the signature manicure for my next appointment, I can’t wait.
This has got to be my favourite salon I can’t see myself going anywhere else. I highly recommend to everyone who wants to experience luxury at its highest level.
Couldnt of asked for more
I am over the moon with my manicure and pedicure by Sharon. She was so lovely and caring. She did exactly what I wanted and I couldn’t be more pleased. Will definitely make this more of a regular treat for myself. Looking forward to my next appointment. Thank you again x
The best nail salon I’ve ever been to
I have been to Queen B several times and have always had amazing service and left extremely happy with my nails. So when it came to getting my nails done for myself and my sister for my wedding day I knew there would be no better place to go to. Even with COVID restrictions we felt very relaxed and we loved our nails! Thank you
Absolutely delighted with my first post-lockdown wax.
Fleur was very professional and put me completely at ease.
She did an immaculate job and it didn’t hurt at all.
A wonderful way to start a Sunday morning
A wonderful way to start a Sunday morning with a full body massage in expert hands. I came away feeling renewed and can’t wait for my next visit. The only problem is deciding for what treatment.
Amazing treatment and experience
Amazing treatment and experience. The post covid revamped signature pedicure was brilliantly luxurious. Can’t wait for my next one.
Thank you so much, you ladies are always spot on.
My lockdown trotters and paws have been transformed into soft hands and feet and my nails look gorgeous!
The new hot stones pedicure was fabulous and my feet are very, very happy!
Can’t wait for my hot stone full body massage
Very Covid safe
Amazing spa pedi by Sharon and wonderful to be back in the salon having a treat! Can’t wait to come back again!
Felt very well cared for and it felt very Covid safe.
Welcoming and brilliant
From the minute I walked in they were so welcoming and brilliant, put me at ease straight away and was super fast and professional from start to finish.
Great to chat to too. Thank you!!
Always excellent service
Always excellent service here! I particularly loved the work they’ve put into the new Signature manicure and pedicures to get our nails back in great condition post lockdown. I’ve left today very relaxed and with great nails. Very confident in the way they’re managing the Covid precautions too!
High quality treatments
I would recommend Queen B all the time. It’s a West End business with high quality treatments. When you step through the door, it’s first class all the way. The staff are brilliant too.
My new favourite place
My new favourite place. Excellent service and the team go over and above to make sure you are comfortable. A place where you can totally relax and let them do what they are good at and I always leave feeling like a queen!
Cant wait to return
I had a spa pedicure with gel with Sharon and loved every little bit of it! Felt great to be pampered after a long time!
Sharon was friendly and professional and did an excellent job! I was very pleased with the end result! Can’t wait to return!
So good to be back
It was so good to be back at Queen B! I was in a blissful state of relaxation during my lash lift – they look absolutely stunning btw! An amazing job as always, my gel manicure and my post lockdown nails are beautiful once more. It was just so nice seeing and chatting to everyone again – can’t wait for my next appointment!
Definitely booking again
After having 2 manicure and pedicures cancelled because of lockdown I was looking forward to my treatment at Queen B. I was not disappointed. The addition of the hot stone massage to the signature manicure and pedicure is decadent. It leaves you feeling pampered and relaxed all over. Definitely booking again.
100% Plus Chilled Out!
I have just had my second Queen B pamper experience and boy oh boy was it GREAT, when I arrived this morning I was so knotted up with stress it was unbelievable!
Again I feel like a new woman, and 100% plus chilled out!
It feels like I have died and gone to heaven, Professional and dedicated I would recommend to everybody. Also love the fact that it is so spotlessly clean throughout. 10 out of 10 for such a nice, relaxing pampering experience. Thanks a million.
Cant wait to come back!
The salon was exactly as expected and absolutely spotless. I was really impressed with the covid procedures and felt assured of my safety.
Charlotte was super lovely, professional and informative – even helping me out with a banana bread recipe 🙂
Your front of house was also really friendly and welcoming. Cant wait to come back!
The therapist explained to me before my treatment what the procedure would be and that this would be the best experience I had ever had. I did think that this was a bold statement to make. As a lady who has visited many salons and countless Luxury Health Spas I did hope she had not oversold it and I would leave disappointed.
OMG in hindsight she completely undersold it, utter heaven, I cannot wait to tell my friends about this hidden treasure.
I would 100% recommend Queen B and the Signature Pamper Experience to everyone and counting the days until I can do it all again next month.
My first visit post lockdown
My first visit post lockdown and as always a first class experience was had. Excellent treatment in a friendly and professional environment.
So professional polite and took pride in what she was doing, also explained that you also do beauty treatments something I’ll definitely be back for!
Very pleased with my visit
The therapist performed her role professionally, seems very experienced very pleased with my visit. I look forward to returning in a few weeks.
Massage was great!
The therapist was amazing, really lovely and made sure I was listened to and comfortable.
The massage was great! I left and floated home (lol) as I was soooo relaxed. Will come back soon for sure!
Best beauty salon experience ever!
I love Queen B! I’ve been a customer for over 4 years and feel so pampered after going. The staff are so caring and so considerate and so accommodating. Best beauty salon experience ever! X
5 Star Salon
I have been going to Queen B for over 2 years and the level of service has been of a consistent high quality. I have specific ideas of what I want in colours and style and the team has always come up trumps. I am often complimented on my nails. Also the pedicures and facials are an absolute bliss. Definitely recommend!
I have been going to the lovely Queen B salon for a few years now and I am so grateful to have found a local salon where I feel welcomed, am offered a delicious coffee and a space where I can actually relax! There are not many places like this about! My nails always look great and all the staff are lovely, and give you a fabulous result . Highly recommend! ❤️
Always a wonderful experience
A huge thank you to all the staff at Queen B – they’re always friendly, welcoming and talented. The salon is always spotless and very clean, and you’re treated like a VIP, regardless of what treatment you’re having. Keep doing what you’re doing team – great work!
Top beauty salon nestled in the heart of South Croydon.. I cannot recommend Queen B enough for their amazing pedicures amongst other treatments I have had done. From the warm welcome of all staff, Peter’s energy and care, right the way to the immense hygiene throughout all treatments and tools is second to none. The wax and lash lift treatments were super too and you are well looked after.
Ten stars ☆
The BEST nail and beauty lounge
Couldn’t recommend Queen B enough!!
I’ve been going to Queen B for nearly 2 years, I book in every two weeks for my gel hands religiously. The level of treatment and care is always amazing, it’s never short of perfect in my whole experience.
All the staff are so friendly, they’re great at giving you perfect gels and all the products they use are premium quality.
I’ve also had a lash lift and tint, waxing, Murad facials and pedicures. Again, all services have been amazing!
5* beauty and nail salon!
I had a Hollywood wax I’m very happy with the result.
Friendly, professional and thorough and put me at ease.
This is my 2nd Murad facial and it was just as amazing as the first, my skin is glowing! 😍
After my treatment the therapist took the time to go through the Murad products that are suited for my skin type
and how and when to use them, she made sure I didn’t leave without getting the routine right!
It’s a pleasure going to this salon, it’s clean and the staff are very friendly.
Charlotte is really lovely and she’s really good at what she does and knowledgeable.
I would highly recommend this salon!!
Queen B is impressive.
Staff are amazing, So attentive and professional, making sure my nails were spot on.
I am super impressed and will definitely be coming back to this salon.
Everything about Queen B is impressive.
The best wax I have had
Really lovely place, and honestly the best wax I think I have had!
Would definitely recommend Queen B
I had such a lovely evening and so happy with my beautiful, beautiful nails and now have toes to match too.
So knowledgeable, let me know everything that was happening at each step, was so gentle and they simply look amazing.
I’m so happy and feel like I’m well on my way on my new nail journey. Thank you!
Always feel like a princess
I religiously visit Queen B and choose various staff each time, every single one amazing!
They are all so polite and really give you the most relaxing pampering, be it a simple gel soak off or full body scrub and massage
(highly recommend the QB signature pamper).
You can tell they all really enjoy what they do and show so much care and attention to every detail and to you!
Relaxing full body massage
Thank you for my lovely relaxing full body massage!
It was absolute bliss!
This is just what I needed after a few days of running here, there and everywhere!
Now it’s time to eat, drink and be Merry!
Excellent Murad Facial
I had an excellent Murad facial today and my gel nails were done to perfection. I’m extremely happy with my treatments.
Looking forward to the next one.
Lovely friendly people
Lovely salon with lovely friendly people. I’m delighted with my nails and my lash/brow package.
I will definitely be back soon!
Lovely Murad Facial
I had a lovely Murad facial today. It was very relaxing and left my skin glowing and soft.
Excelled My Expectations
Such a fantastic treatment – it excelled my expectations.
The therapist 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.
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
My 3rd visit at Queen B and they never fail at doing my gel nails.
So easy to book online.
100% would recommend getting your gels done here.
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!
Best Waxing London
Amazing service! My first time with this beauty salon and its by far my favourite. Unbelievable, would definitely recommend!!
Great service again today for my gel nails and I’m loving the new colours I’m booked in all the way till the end of the year!
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.
Amazing Murad Facial
Absolutely amazing murad facial!!! My skin feels beautiful
A much more pleasant experience at Queen B than my usual trip to a nail salon
A much more pleasant experience at Queen B than my usual trip to a nail salon.
Hygiene is top priority for me and it’s clear to see that it is for the staff here too. No overcrowding or being kept waiting, and no drills or acrylic here.
Just great service, attention to detail, friendly and professional staff and a great pedicure and manicure to top it all off.
One very happy customer that has already rebooked
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
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!
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
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.
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! 🙂
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.
Loved my first experience and I will be back!
Really happy with my gelish manicure and spa pedicure! They did a fantastic job and was super friendly. Loved my first experience and I will be back!
Francesca Parker Reviews Queen B Croydon
Amazing nail salon. I felt so comfortable and welcome. See you in a few weeks
Highly recommended for those who have high expectations
Extremely satisfied and was well taken care of by the staff at Queen B.
Highly recommended for those who have high expectations and won’t settle for anything less.
Will visit again.
Always a great service
Thanks a lot, always a great service.
Cannot wait to introduce my best friend to you on the 2nd for her birthday.
Guaranteed she will be blown away!
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!
I would recommend to everyone
Visited Queen B on Saturday, myself and the Hubby had our treatment,
it was definitely one to remember, atmosphere, the staff and treatment was exceptional.
I would recommend to everyone……even had glass of champagne, cant wait for my next session