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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!

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 stock a huge range of products of ensure your hands and feet are in the best possible condition.

What Our Guests Say

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

The therapists are very friendly, made me feel welcome and did an excellent job on my nails. I will be back 🙂

Laura Hudson

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

A great job and it’s really nice to chat to while your nails are being done! The salon is such a nice place to spend time as well! A real treat! Thanks Queen B!


Kate Fitzgerald

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

Great service from Kianna again today for my gel polish and I’m loving the new colours  Kianna is fab and I’m booked in with her all the way till the end of the year!

Neha Shah

Fabulous and personable as always 😁High quality service and products. Very welcoming nail bar highly recommended can’t wait to return!

Valeria Milanesio

Fabulous place. First visit but already booked next 2 appointments. Clean, hygienic and professional with a bit of banter.

Vikramjeet Sidhu

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

Fab service as usual and lovely to chat too! Love my honeymoon nails 😁

Shona Kelle

Queen B is the best salon in Croydon. Recently renovated for their beautiful new beauty rooms.

I have to say this wax is the best wax I’ve ever come across, quick, completely pain free.

I was so shocked at how much it didn’t hurt! I was so scared to get waxed due to previous experiences.

I’ve gone from shaving to waxing but I am never shaving again, thank you queen B for the ultimate relaxation and I always come out feeling great

Very relaxing.

Very professional Nails: always top standard! Their Pedicures are the ultimate relax too..

100% always given, thank you for your service and excellent staff!

I love QUEEN B

Yumi J

Amazing and friendly atmosphere from the moment you walk in. I have had Kiana 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

It was my first time today at Queen B but it won’t be the last! The team is very nice and welcoming. I love the colour and I already know which one I’ll get next time! Can’t wait to go back! Thank you 🙂

Clarence Mérelle

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!


Fantastic pedicure. Superb standard of luxury and attention to detail. Already booked my next appointment 🙂 thanks so much x

Joanna Beltran

A lovely way to start the morning! Really pleased with my nails – excellent selection of colours to choose, did a great job on the shape and cuticle touch up as it had been a while since I was last in a salon. I’ve already booked up a load of future appointments!

Emily Summers

Queen B staff are so friendly and professional I have just had my first waxing session, I will recommend to my friends and family.
The therapist was truly skilled in her profession and she really makes you feel special and pampered.
I have moved to Coulsdon from North London and was very worried that I would not find the same service, but I have now.

Selver Ali Osman

I am feeling like a regular now after only 3 treatments. I need to use my fingers pointing out details to customers and gradually they are starting to take shape. It is a fact that people are generally living longer and anything we can do to keep looking good must make a difference. Would I recommend a treatment here – bet your arse! Brian

Brian Minter

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.

Rebecca Noble

Love my nails every time and always impressed by the creativity and skill of the girls!! 💖 Queen B!! X

Jen Parker

I had an amazing experience at Queen B’s today.

My daughter was with me and they treated her like a princess.

The manager went out of his way to provide her with snacks and treats to keep her entertained.
I had the signature pedicure.

I found the ambiance in the salon to be relaxing, chilled and welcoming.

The team are highly professional, focused and attentive to your needs. This has to be the best spa pedicure I have had.
I will certainly be returning and I would highly recommend this nail salon to anyone.

Susan McCabe

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

Just discovered this place. I had Marcian and she was amazing. Really friendly and did a fantastic job soaking off my shellac nails and doing the new gellish set. Really like this place and will be back.

Kee Strawson

The nail bar is lovely the Queen B Signature Pedicure is absolutely amazing the best pedicure I have ever had!!!! Definitely something I recommend, so if your looking for a new place to try to have a pedicure I recommend Queen B Luxury Nail Lounge.

Chloe Melissa Ebanks

It’s an outstanding service with a luxury touch situated on the Brighton Road. During my visits I’m always greeted with a warm hello and left with impressive hands/feet. Best place in South London!

Una Adarkwa

This salon is superior to others. You have an inspiring range of colours. Thanks guys.

Natalie Ben Rabah

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

2nd visit, very impressed will be making this my regular pedi salon

Suzy Brooks

They are excellent at doing nails and also funny to talk with. The wax that was used on my eyebrows was the most pain free wax I have ever experienced!


Absolutely amazing murad facial!!! My skin feels beautiful

Elle Westcott

I had a treatment today it was great, the therapist did a fantastic job. Thanks Queen B

Lester King

Best waxing I have ever had in 20 years. Rosie did my waxing on my first visit to this salon, wax was lovely and light and relatively pain free and everything soft and smooth afterwards.

Can’t recommend waxing at Queen B enough!

Clare Wilson

Great place with lovely staff and great quality treatments!

Kristina Bergwall

Brilliant, friendly and personal service with some great tips about how to take better care of my feet. Thank you very much.

Saf Rahman

1st visit to Queen B , booking process by phone pleasantly friendly and professional.

Booking on line seams easy but I did not book on line.

Deposit by phone Booking higher than if booked on line. On arrival names of staff given , beauty treatment had waxing , well done Rosie good job care and good advice given.
Then pedicure wow fully explained what is being used why.

Sharon well done as I have not had pedicure for a year . Bless her work was cut out , super soft feet and nails great too.

Peter thank you you are so attentive to your clients , drinks advice nothing to much trouble.

Thank you I am now a converted customer to Queen B . Relaxed pampered customer

Prices on par with other Nail Beauty Salons but your client care attention is far above any other salon in this area thank you

Gina Dyer

My time spent in this nail salon was very relaxed. Such lovely people that work there too, very helpful ! This was my first time having gel nails and they have lasted so well over my holiday !

Rebecca Jones

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

Francesca Parker

Love, love, love!!! Thank you to everyone at Queen B for giving 120% as usual!!

Mahsa Balaie

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

Demi Bennett

I always feel welcomed and fully relax when attending the shop. Everyone is always polite. It is also such a compliment to see my nails featured on your various social media platforms.

Jade Foster

Felt completely pampered and relaxed. Attention to detail and not rushed. Thank you

Jenny Brister

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.

Rosie did my 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

This was my first visit to Queen B Salon and I was really impressed. The salon itself was very clean and the decor beautiful and the staff were very professional and friendly. I found the treatment really good and would definitely recommend it to my friends. Oh! The coffee was delicious too!

Pat Kiley

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

Second visit they now have me till the end of time love all the ladies

Monique Bell

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

Lovely nail lounge with friendly, welcoming staff. I had an amazing pedicure, my feet felt renewed which is just what I needed. It’s great you can buy gift cards too so you can share the love with your friends and family 💅❤️

Sophie B

The therapist was an amazing waxer. This wax was pain free. Her technique is fabulous and the brand of wax used is a high quality product. The environment is relaxing, chilled and meticulously clean.

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