Soak-Off, Stays on!

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 We all know that relationships with manicures never last. They break and smudge. They lose their luster. Most of the time, we’re lucky if we actually leave the salon smudge-free. So I was more than intrigued when I heard about the indestructibility of soak-off gel polish manicures and had to try it myself. And what an experience it was! I was thrilled with the flawless results- so smooth and shiny that it glimmers in the light.  The best part?  It stayed that way for a whole 3 weeks!

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How does a soak-off gel polish manicure work?

Soak-off gel polish look like traditional nail polish, but last much longer. It is painted on in thin layers,  and each layer requires “curing” under a UV nail lamp  to set. There is one layer of base coat, two layers of color, and one layer of top coat. Since each layer is cured, you would leave the salon with perfectly dried & shiny nails free of flaws.  They may last up to 2-4 weeks,  depending on how well they are applied and maintained.

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Curing soak-off gel nail polish with a UV lamp

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Why get  soak-off gel nails done?
-Soak-off Gel can last anywhere  from 2-4 weeks, with no chipping.
-Your manicure is perfectly dried after each layer of polish is cured under the UV lamp (2 minute curing time per layer).
-Your natural nails are protected for the duration of your manicure.

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What are the negatives?
-Soak-off Gel Polish can only be applied and removed by a professional and the service is more costly than a traditional manicure.
-Nail growth will be apparent by week 2, and is more obvious  if you choose a dark, solid color. 
-A Soak-off gel manicure takes much longer than a traditional one. Each thinly applied layer needs curing, especially if you are choosing a special design such as patterns or gradation.

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Where can I get a soak-off gel manicure?

While soak-off gel manicures may not be offered everywhere,  more and more salons are starting to carry them.  In New York City, I had my manicure done at Marie Nails in SOHO (155 Prince St.),  who have talented and creative technicians.  Marie Nails uses the Cal-gel brand,  but others that were unveiled at this year’s IBS NY tradeshow included O.P.I. Axxium, IBD Gelac, Bella Forma, and CND Shellac.

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Have you ever had experience with a soak-off gel manicure?  Tell us about it!

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Cristal

Cristal

Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.
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