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.
Gel polish is also applied dry. If you add water to the nails or any products that contain moisture, the fingernails will absorb the water and expand.
The nail will then contract once dry causing the gel polish to chip.
We use our own single use nail files which you can take home with you and won’t use any e-files/drills on your nails either.
All other single use items are just that, used once. Everything else goes into an autoclave so they are sterilised the right way and the pouch they are in, remains sealed until it is opened in front of the guest.
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 maintain gel nail aftercare?
Queen B Luxury Nail & Beauty Lounge is widely recognised as a leading salon for natural nail care, in fact, we have been voted The Best Nail Salon in London more than once.
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 your gel polish need to be 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 and hydrated, they may 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 and you are wanting to make your nails stronger, 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
Love my nails every time and always impressed by the creativity and skill of the girls!! 💖 Queen B!! X
Love, love, love!!! Thank you to everyone at Queen B for giving 120% as usual!!
It was my first time today at Queen B but it won’t be the last! The team is very nice and welcoming.
The therapists are very friendly, made me feel welcome and did an excellent job on my nails. I will be back 🙂
Fabulous and personable as always 😁High quality service and products. Very welcoming nail bar highly recommended can’t wait to return!
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!
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.
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.
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
Just discovered this place. Really friendly and did a fantastic job soaking off my shellac nails and doing the new Gelish set. Really like this place and will be back.