Benefits of Hard Gel Extensions
You’ve probably already heard of hard gel enhancements, even if you’re not quite sure what exactly they are. Hard Gel Extensions refer to nail enhancement that differ from acrylic nails in that they are cured in a UV light instead of through evaporating solvents.
However, they are not the same as soft gel or gel polish. Hard gel enables you to extend the length/shape of your nails. They can be shaped and sculpted in the same manner as acrylic and you can even apply gel polish over hard gel.
So why use hard gel instead of acrylics? Well, this innovative nail enhancement technique offers many unique benefits, let’s have a look at the main benefits.
Hard Gel is hypoallergenic, meaning that it is less likely than acrylic to trigger allergies. This is because hard gel uses oligomers instead of polymers. Oligomers refer to resins that have reacted with other resins to form a larger resin close to being fully polymerized. Basically, the large size of the resin molecules makes it difficult for them to get into the bloodstream, making them safer to use.
It’s both Stronger and more Flexible than Acrylic
‘Hard Gel’ is not as hard when compared to acrylic. However, it is more flexible & stronger than acrylic. If you’re a regular acrylic user, you may perceive hard gel to be weaker based on how it feels, but that’s not true. Hard gel is much better at withstanding relatively high pressure, meaning it is less likely to break or crack than acrylic. Because of its flexibility, it is also more resistant to lifting, if any lifting does occur, the hard gel will remain close to your natural nail, making it less troublesome as the chance of it catching is smaller.
Of course, if it’s flexed beyond its stretching point, hard gel will crack too. But even if it does break, its higher flexibility leads to less trauma, resulting is less damage to your nails.
There’s Better Adhesion
The flexibility of the hard gel also means it feels much more natural on the nail. As it can move along with the natural nail. The viscosity of hard gels can make the proper bond even more free of errors because the gel will naturally seep into all the macro-crevices of the natural nail. This means that the gel will stick to the nail better and have less lifting.
It Looks Amazing
Hard Gel Extensions are super shiny, and unlike acrylic which tends to yellow with time, the gel top coat never discolours. Gels also contain a self-leveling property which creates a more natural smooth finish, they can be worn with nail polish, and they have long lasting staying power. Gels also give you the freedom to create whatever nail shape you desire, whether it’s oval, square, stiletto, round or coffin.
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