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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!

gel nails after care Natural Nails before and after Queen B

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. 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!

If you have any questions, or if you would like a free consultation, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

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

Experience was super professional

After being warmly welcomed into the salon, Shreen did a fantastic job on my nails (I promise next time I’ll ‘relax my hands’) The whole experience was super professional and efficient, and the salon felt very calm, welcoming and clean. Can’t wait to visit again in a few weeks!

Maggie Roland
August 24, 2020

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.

Hugh Michelle Ruddock
August 24, 2020

Amy was so professional

Amy was 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

Annie Norris
August 24, 2020

Very pleased with my visit

Shereen performed her role professionally, seems very experienced very pleased with my visit. I look forward to returning in a few weeks.

Barbara Parris
July 30, 2020

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!

Jess Merlet
July 25, 2020

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

Rani Patel Williams
June 22, 2020

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!

Candi Lobato
April 21, 2020

Fabulous

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! ❤️

Nazia Farookhi-Bailey
April 21, 2020

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!

Elle Finn
April 20, 2020

Perfect Pedicures

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 ☆

Mitals
April 20, 2020

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!

Chloe Lister
April 20, 2020

Hollywood Wax

I had a Hollywood wax with Louise and I’m very happy with the result.

She was friendly, professional and thorough and put me at ease.

I’ll definitely see Louise for my next wax!

Mandy Bailey
March 9, 2020

Murad Facial

This is my 2nd Murad facial with Tina and it was just as amazing as the first, my skin is glowing! 😍

After my treatment Tina 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!

Natasha Gordon
March 9, 2020

Highly recommend

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!!

Michelle Ruddock
March 8, 2020

Queen B is impressive.

Staff are amazing, Shreen was 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.

Claire Markwick
March 8, 2020

The best wax I have had

Really lovely place, and honestly the best wax I think I have had!

Would definitely recommend Queen B

Jenna Vicente
February 10, 2020

Beautiful Nails

I had such a lovely evening and so happy with my beautiful, beautiful nails and now have toes to match too.

Shreen was 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!

 

 

Michelle Parker-Brown
February 7, 2020

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
(Amy has the hands of an angel – highly recommend the QB signature pamper).
Shreen always says hi with a smile that will brighten any day.
You can tell they all really enjoy what they do and show so much care and attention to every detail and to you!

Absolutely flawless!

 

Katerina Ishvari Evangeli
February 1, 2020

My fav place to get my nails done

Excellent as always! My fav place to get my nails done and Louise keeps me coming back!
Great chat, and most importantly you can tell she really wants to do a good job!

Liz Buchanan
January 20, 2020

Queen B’s wax is the best!

This was my third full body wax session with Tina and, like the previous two, I can’t praise her highly enough.

Tina makes you feel relaxed and welcome and she carries out the waxing quickly, efficiently and with great skill.

She is also very friendly and a delight to talk to. It is such a positive, enjoyable experience and I love the smooth skin that I have afterwards. Thank you Tina!

 

 

Chris Allen
January 17, 2020

Relaxing full body massage

Thank you Louise 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!

 

Elaine Clarke
January 3, 2020

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.

Serena Barker
January 2, 2020

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!

Alison Goveia
January 1, 2020

Lovely Murad Facial

I had a lovely Murad facial today. It was very relaxing and left my skin glowing and soft.

Ruth Duggan
January 1, 2020

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.

Aaysha Sohal
November 22, 2019

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

Dal Dee
October 21, 2019

Amazing Service

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.

Khushali Patel
October 20, 2019

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!

 

 

Jacqui Marola
September 20, 2019

Best Waxing London

Amazing service! My first time with this beauty salon and its by far my favourite. Unbelievable, would definitely recommend!!

Demi Bennett
June 17, 2019

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

Helen Jones
June 1, 2019

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.

Liz Shepphard
May 14, 2019

Amazing Murad Facial

Absolutely amazing murad facial!!! My skin feels beautiful

Elle Westcott
May 14, 2019

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

Amanda Collins
May 2, 2019

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

 

Ruth Eccleston
April 20, 2019

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!

Cara
April 20, 2019

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

Zoe Paul
April 20, 2019

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.

 

 

Angelika Migodzinska
February 14, 2019

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! 🙂

 

Anna Mashchyts
January 7, 2019

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.

Vikramjeet Sidhu
May 29, 2018

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!

Marium Khan
January 10, 2018

Francesca Parker Reviews Queen B Croydon

Amazing nail salon. I felt so comfortable and welcome. See you in a few weeks

Francesca Parker
September 24, 2017

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.

 

 

Alice Shee
September 11, 2017

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!

Rachel Kamangiago
August 23, 2017

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!

 

Lisa Hyde
August 4, 2017

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

Nesha Spice Grant
August 4, 2017
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