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What is PolyGel?

PolyGel is the newest nail-enhancement product that gives nail enthusiasts a great product to do their nails without having a lot of nail skills in nail filing, shaping, or experience in using a nail brush.

PolyGel is a result of combining acrylic powder and nail gel. This new mixture is strong but flexible and does not solidify until it is exposed under a UV light source. This beneficial feature gives an operator more time to work on a nail to create a perfect shape.

Who made PolyGel nails first?

PolyGel was first introduced in 2017 by Danny Hail who invented the new gel polish and Gelish brand. 

In just a few short years, the product is so well-received by consumers that even big department stores are carrying it and other manufacturers start making their own brands too.

What are PolyGel nails?

PolyGel nails is a set of artificially enhanced nails made by using PolyGel product.

What is PolyGel made of?

PolyGel is the combination of acrylic powder (polymer) and a UV nail hard gel, hence the name.

PolyGel is supposedly stronger than either of its component because it combines the strength of hard gel and acrylics into one product.

This combination ratio formula or what kind of acrylic powder or hard gel in this PolyGel is of course proprietary. One thing that is noticeably missing is the acrylic liquid (monomer) so PolyGel will not have a strong odor of acrylic nails that can stink up the room when it is used.

Advantages of PolyGel

Since the acrylic powder is mixed in a hard gel, the new PolyGel nail possesses acrylic strength and the light-weight of a gel. A user with a new set of PolyGel nails can tell that it is much lighter than a set of acrylic nails.

Aside from the enhanced strength, this special blend PolyGel is also more flexible than regular acrylics. The nails that are enhanced with PolyGel will look thinner, lighter and its flexibility give the wearer a more satisfying feeling.

This flexibility of PolyGel makes it less prone to chipping, another plus to make it a nail enhancement product for longer wear.

Another advantage of PolyGel is it comes premixed so there will be no guessing of how much of one to add to the other in creating a PolyGel nail. No special skill of knowing the right liquid to powder ratio is needed. So it is very user’s friendly.

Last but not least, PolyGel will not set or cure until it hits a UV light source. This feature gives a PolyGel operator a lot of time to create a perfect shape on the nail.

What do you need for PolyGel nails?

Since PolyGel is a combination of acrylics and gel products, you will need things from both.

  1. A PolyGel acrylic nail brush: similar to a brush used in doing acrylic nails but the bristles of a PolyGel nail brush are shorter. This makes the brush stiffer so forming the thick PolyGel will be easier.
  2. Gel base and top coat: PolyGel nails are gel-based. Therefore, gel base and top coat are also a requirement.
  3. PolyGel colors: use these if you do not want to put colors on your PolyGel nails later.
  4. Nail prep solutions: nail dehydrator and pH balanced solution to prepare nail surface before PolyGel application.
  5. An emery board or nail file: since there will not be a lot of filing, an electric nail drill is not needed.
  6. A nail buffer.
  7. A small spatula helps to transfer PolyGel from its container onto the nail surface easier.
  8. Nail brush cleaning solution: PolyGel creates its own nail brush cleaning solution called slip solution. this solution is needed to clean the PolyGel off a nail brush.
  9. A UV-LED nail lamp.

What is a PolyGel slip solution?

PolyGel slip solution is made of alcohol. This slip solution tends to be used up first because it is often used in excess.

PolyGel’s slip solution has a pleasant aroma because the manufacturer added some special ingredients to make it smell good, not like the strong odor of acrylic liquid.

What can I use instead of a slip solution?

What can you use as a slip solution for PolyGel nails after you used it up? You can use 70% rubbing alcohol as an alternative for slip solution. This rubbing alcohol will clean your PolyGel brush and prevent the PolyGel from sticking to it just like the slip solution of the PolyGel brand.

So you can consider the rubbing alcohol bottle you have at home as your PolyGel solution DIY.

Using rubbing alcohol is also economical if you are just learning how to do poplygel nails or practicing. When you are proficient at applying PolyGel on the nails, you can use the slip solution for your actual PolyGel application.

How to apply PolyGel nail tips and tricks

The best PolyGel nail tips and tricks I can give you are to follow closely how to apply PolyGel nails and do not skip any steps. Next is your PolyGel nail step-by-step guide.

First off, you have to prepare the nail surfaces. Prepping nails surface for PolyGel is the same way you would when you apply gel polish. If you do not know this already, here is the quick rundown on nail prepping:

  1. Wash hands with warm water and soap
  2. Trim and shape nails as you would like
  3. Gently remove all loose cuticles off the nail surface
  4. Clean all nails with alcohol to remove dust and any oily substances
  5. Lightly buff the nail surface with a fine buffer
  6. Apply dehydrator and pH balance on nails, and let dry

Now the nails are ready for PolyGel.

There are two ways you can do with PolyGel: overlay on short nails or extension.

How to do PolyGel as an overlay on short nails

It is a 5 step application.

  1. Gently squeeze PolyGel out of the tube. Remember that you only need a pea-sized amount.
  2. Cut or slice it off with a thin spatula and press and spread it down to cover as much area of the nail surface as you can using the same spatula. Do not try to make it perfect yet because you will be using the nail brush next.
  3. Using a nail brush after you make it damp with slip solution or rubbing alcohol, shape the PolyGel product into place and thin out PolyGel along the cuticle line. Keep doing this until you have a desired PolyGel overlay on the nail.
  4. Cure the PolyGel nail under a UV light source for 30 seconds.
  5. Clean up any PolyGel excess using a nail file, clean up with alcohol, apply gel top coat, and cure.

Repeat on other nails.

You are now done.

How to do PolyGel as a nail extension:

To extend your nails you would need to use either:

  • A traditional nail form to sculpture the length and shape onto the nail or
  • A new nail form gadget called dual form.

As with traditional nail form, you have to do two steps on a nail. First, you need to sculpture the nail tips and then you would apply PolyGel on the whole nail. With a dual form, these two steps are combined into one.

So using a dual form will reduce the applying PolyGel in half.

Using a dual form is simple for a beginner, however, some prior practice still is needed before applying on the actual nails to prevent unsatisfying results.

Can you do PolyGel with nail tips?

The traditional nail tips can be used in PolyGel nail applications to extend the overall length.

In acrylic nail application, if you want to add length to your nails, you would glue the nail tips to the nails’ free edges. Since this nail tip attaches to the nail by a thin blue line, care should be taken when your are pressing PolyGel down on it. If you happen to break a nail tip loose. you will have to clean up all the gel before you can reattach a nail tip.

If you want to do your PolyGel with nail tips, here is how you would do it so the nail tips will not break away:

  • Do all these necessary steps: glue a nail tip to the free edge of your nail, properly prep the seam, apply dehydrator/pH balance solution, apply gel base coat and cure for 30 seconds.
  • Take a tiny bead of PolyGel and gently press it across and cover the seam. Use your PolyGel brush to feather the edges with minimal slip solution and cure for 30 seconds.

After curing, this thin PolyGel will strengthen and keep the nail tip in place so it can withstand the press-down force as you try to form the next PolyGel bead to cover the whole nail.

And that is how you do PolyGel with PolyGel with nail tips.

So, it is much easier and simpler to use a dual form to extend your nails for PolyGel.

What are PolyGel clips?

PolyGel clips are a good accessory to do PolyGel nails. These PolyGel clips will keep the dual forms on your nails for as long as you like without you having to squeeze them with your other fingers for 30 seconds on each nail.

How to do PolyGel fill-in?

After two to three weeks, your nails grow approximately 1/8 of an inch. There will be a gap between your cuticles and the old PolyGel.

New PolyGel can be used to fill in the gap and make the PolyGel nails look fresh again without having to remove the old PolyGel completely.

Wash hands and nails with water and soap.

Remove any nonPolyGel color you have on.

Next, you prepare the new nail growth area the same way you would when you do it the first time. It consists of:

  1. Clean excess cuticles on the new growth area.
  2. Roughen up the new growth surface with a clean buffer or a fine nail file, and remove all dust.
  3. Apply dehydrator / pH balanced solution on the new growth area only. Let dry.
  4. Apply gel base coat and cure for 30 seconds.
  5. Apply an even smaller than a half pea-sized amount of PolyGel onto the new growth area and pat down the best you can.
  6. Using a PolyGel brush that is already damp with the slip solution, smooth out the new PolyGel so it will be thin along the cuticle line and blend well with the old PolyGel.
  7. Cure for 30 seconds.
  8. Apply the final touch to make it look perfect.

How to remove PolyGel nails

Since PolyGel does have polymer (acrylics) in its name, you will have to soak it off your nails the same way you remove acrylics on your nails.

First, you need to thin down the thickness of PolyGel on your nails. You can do this manually with an emery board or nail file, but it will be faster if you know how to use a nail drill well.

Do leave a thin layer of PolyGel on so you will not accidentally file down your nails and make them thinner.

The last step is removing the remaining PolyGel nails by either soaking or wrapping them in acetone.

Clean your nails up with new acetone and wash with soap and water.

What is the best PolyGel nail kit?

To me, the best PolyGel nail kit has to be the one from the first company that made it: Gelish PolyGel.

Gelish Professional PolyGel Trial Kit & Terrific Trio Gel Polish Essentials Kit with Foundation, pH Bond, and Top It OffOpens in a new tab.

Gelish had put in time and money into original research to invent this new product. Therefore, they know their product is the best on the market because they possess all the technical know-how and manufacturing.

If you want a brand-name PolyGel product, Gelish PolyGelOpens in a new tab. is the one.

Also, the name PolyGel was conceived and trademarked by the company that owns Gelish. So no other brand can take its place as the best PolyGel nail kit.

What is the best PolyGel nail kit for beginners?

After PolyGel nails hit the market and were welcomed by nail enthusiasts, other companies follow.

Below is the list of companies that make similar products to PolyGel. They price their products lower than that of a brand name one.

However, these PolyGel nail kits are great in quality and a good choice for beginners, especially for young customers or people who want to try PolyGel out without having to spend a lot of money on it.

I found these brands on amazon that I think are the best PolyGel nail kits for beginners or for people who are price-conscious.

SavilandOpens in a new tab.

MakarttOpens in a new tab.

GershionOpens in a new tab.

ModelonesOpens in a new tab.

To make it easier to compare, I put all the relevant information in the following table.

Base Coat8 ml8 ml8 ml8 ml
Top Coat8 ml8 ml8 ml8 ml
# Of Colors7×1,05oz6×0.53oz6×0.53oz6×0.53oz
Nail Brush1111
Nail File1111
Nail Formno50nono
Dual Form245015660
Slip Solutionnono15mlno

Cheapest PolyGel nail kit

AifaifaOpens in a new tab.

This is the brand that gives you the biggest bang for your buck. You can use this to do your PolyGel nails or use it as a practice kit. At this price, it is a steal to have your hand on this type of product. And it should be your first affordable PolyGel nail kit to learn, practice, and master your PolyGel nail skills before you can try on other more expensive brands.

Aifaifa all-in-one nail extension gel starter kit starts from $15.99. Check out the latest price on Amazon.

This Aifafa nail extension gel kit includes:

  1. 20g clear nail extension gel
  2. 20g milky white nail extension gel
  3. 20g natural pink nail extension gel
  4. 20g coral nail extension gel
  5. 20g dark red nail extension gel
  6. Gel base and topcoat
  7. 120pcs dual forms in 10 different sizes
  8. 1 Dual-head nail brush

How do you practice with PolyGel?

The last question you might have is how do you practice with the least of money and with the least amount of time before you a good at doing PolyGel nails? There are two thing you would needs:

  1. The least expensive PolyGel nail kit to practice with.
  2. Three bags of nail tips, #1, #4, and #6 sizes (or similar). Each bag contains 50 tips so you have a lot to practice with.

You really should start practicing by putting PolyGel on these tips first instead of on your nails. This saves you a lot of time trying to remove PolyGel off your nails later. Remember, PolyGel is part of acrylics, you have to soak it off with acetone.

In the beginning, try on the smallest nail tip, and put as much as you would need to cover your little finger nail size.

Start your practice by:

Dispense a small amount of PolyGel onto a spatula. Now put the PolyGel tube down and hold the spatula using your dominant hand.

Using the other hand, pick up one nail tip and holding it between thumb and index finger so that the end of the nail tip pointing towards you.

Place the PolyGel bead on top of the nail tip and press it down flat using the spatula.

Put down the spatula and pick up the PolyGel nail brush.

Dampen your nail brush with slip solution.

Using a nail brush to smooth the PolyGel on the nail tip (not on the whole tip. Imagine you are doing your nail so size it accordingly) so that it will be thin around the cuticle line and smooth on top of the nail with the least amount of slip solution.

Too much slip solution on the brush will make its way to the nail and it prevents PolyGel from sticking to it.

Do it on different nail tip sizes, at least 10 times.

What you will gain from this exercise is:

  1. Know how much PolyGel to use on different nail sizes.
  2. Get comfortable using a stiff PolyGel nail brush and know how to smooth out PolyGel on the form.
  3. How much to press down on the dual form without forcing the PolyGel to ooze out on the side.

PolyGel nails wrap up:

After you finish reading this article to the end, I hope you know more than you need to on this PolyGel nail topic than before, from the meaning of the name, its history, what it is and how to do it at home and some knowledge of which brand to buy.

You should feel good that you now know what a lot about PolyGel nails are and you can decide whether they are for you to try.

If they are, then happy PolyGelling.

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The Best Polygel Nail Kit For Chic Nails At Home

If you love manicures as much as I do, you’ve probably tried every kind under the sun. Gel nails were my latest obsession, but there’s a big problem. You can’t get any length with gel! Well my friends, this problem has been solved in a major way, and I’m here to show you with the best polygel nail kit you can get for a perfect DIY manicure at home.

I tried a few of these at home polygel nail kits, and I’ll show you which one gets the best results. But first, what is it?!

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What Is Polygel For Nails?

First, you probably want to know what the heck this polygel nail stuff is anyway?

Polygel is a new nail treatment that gives you strong, flexible nails. It’s also sometimes called a hybrid gel. The formula is lighter than acrylic nails, and stronger than traditional gel treatments. They combined the best of these popular manicures, to create an all-in-one formula that’s super easy to use.

And best of all? All it takes is a few simple steps! You can use it to overlay your existing nails, or sculpt a stylish full set. To cure the manicure, you use an LED lamp, just like with gel nails. Because you have to cure it, you have plenty of time to shape your nail. This makes polygel great for beginners and non professionals, because you can take your time.

So, by now you are probably wondering—how long does this stuff last?

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How Long Do Polygel Nails Last?

You’d be surprised to find that your polygel will hold for weeks! It won’t lift or crack the way gel nail polish can.

The cool thing about polygel, is that you can “fill in” the nail again just like you would with acrylics. After the nail has grown out, you can rebalance the nails to get more life from your polygel manicure.

Or, if you are ready to get rid of it, simply file away your polish and soak the rest off with acetone. Your nails underneath will still be in great shape!

The Best Polygel Nail Kit For DIY Nails

So, how can you get your hands on a polygel nail kit? Here are the best DIY polygel manicure sets on the market right now! I’ve tried and tested them all, and I’ll let you know which one gave me the best results.

And be sure to check out my tips at the bottom of the post. There, I’ll share all my advice for getting the best results from your DIY polygel kit.

#1. Hand & Nail Harmony Gelish Polygel

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Polygel was first introduced by Gelish. I had great results with their nail dipping powder kits, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this set.

Here’s how I performed my mani, step by step.

Step by Step Gelish Polygel Manicure

After watching a few youtube videos (which I will share below) I was ready to get started. The kit comes with everything you need to perform your Polygel manicure, except an LED nail lamp.

If you don’t already have your own, make sure to grab one before starting. And if you are a nail pro yourself, Gelish also offers a Polygel nail kit with a professional nail lamp.

  1. To begin, I prepped my nails. I cleaned them well, removed cuticles, and buffed my natural nails. It’s important to buff the nails really well to get a better adhesion with your polygel.
  2. Next, I wiped them down with the nail cleansing solution that’s included in your kit. That helps remove any excess dust from your fingers. After your nails are all clean, do a light coat with the Gelish PH Bond polish. Be really careful not to get these polishes on your cuticles! I followed that up with a coat of the PH primer, and our nails are ready to go!
  3. Next, I chose the light pink polygel to start. I got out the slip solution, and placed in in a shallow dish. Next I set the included brush and spatula nearby. Finally, I unwrapped one of the included nail guides, that helps shape your nail, and placed it on my finger.
  4. With the nail guide in place, I was ready to add the polygel. I opened the tube, and squeezed a small amount (pea size to start). Then I used the spatula to move the polygel onto the center of my nail. Afterward I quickly wiped the spatula off with a lint free cloth.
  5. Now it’s time to shape the polygel. I started by dipping my nail brush into the slip solution. It’s important to always keep your brush wet, so that the polygel doesn’t stick to the bristles. Next I pressed the brush gently against the polygel, and started to mold it to my nail.
  6. Since I began in the middle of my nail, I used the brush to move the poly gel upward, creating a longer tip. I continued pressing the bead of polygel into place with the brush, and dipped the brush into the slip every so often to keep it wet.
  7. After I had the final shape on my tip that I wanted, I added a little more polygel to coat the bottom of the nail. From there I used the brush to smooth the areas, so that the whole nail looked even. I paid close attention to the cuticle area, so that it looks great even when it’s grown out. Finally, it was time to cure the nail!
  8. To cure your polygel, just pop it under and led lamp for 30 seconds. And that’s it, you’ve successfully applied your polygel! Go ahead and repeat this process until you’ve done all your fingers.
  9. Next, you need to file your nails into the final shape you want. Polygel can leave buildup under the nails, so it’s best to use a nail drill to get them into the perfect shape. After I filed them down, I cleaned them off with the nail cleanser.
  10. And your final step for polygel manicure is to seal with a top coat. Use the included top coat, and cure it for 30 seconds under your nail lamp. I was so happy when I finally finished, and was amazed at how professional my nails looked!
Adding Gelish Polygel To Nails
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Thoughts on the Gelish Polygel Kit

Overall, I was shocked at how much my manicure looked like salon acrylics. The biggest learning curve for me, was shaping the tips, since I don’t have much experience doing this.

The shaping and filing part did take a little longer on the first nail, but I got the hang of it very quickly. Overall this polygel nail kit is super easy to use, and I really liked the professional quality of all the products. My polygel mani lasted about 3 1/2 weeks, when it started to look grown out. No cracking or chipping, and it lasted at least a week and a half longer than regular gel nails.

I got the pro kit to use for my polygel manicure, because it included a few different colors. I wanted to note that if you have gel colors at home, you can use them with the clear color included in the gelish kit. Just an extra step, and you can customize these colors for a unique look! And now onto the next Polygel kit!

#2. Makartt French Collection Poly Nail Extension Gel Starter Kit

Makartt French Collection Poly Nail Extension Gel Starter Kit
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The next kit that I tried was the French Collection Poly Nail Extension Gel Starter Kit from Makartt. It’s the same type of formula as polygel, but the name “Polygel” belongs to Gelish, so it’s called “Poly Nail Extension Gel” instead.

Here’s how I did my Makartt Polygel mani, step by step.

Step by Step Makartt Polygel Manicure

Of course, I started by watching a few Youtube videos to see how this product differs from the Gelish Polygel. Turns out, the Makartt gel is very similar, it’s just slightly softer and stickier than the Gelish. I ended up using a little bit more slip solution to keep it from sticking to my brush. This is not a bad thing though: I’d say the texture of the Makartt is the best of all the polygels I’ve tried – it’s easy to apply and gives you a lot of control.

The kit includes a great step by step guide, but I did a few things differently.

To get prepared, layout all the items in your kit. I recommend setting up near an outlet (the LED Nail Lamp cord is ridiculously short). While you can use the included “Nail Surface Cleanse” as both your slip solution and your dehydrator, I suggest getting a bottle alcohol over 70% (I used 91%). You could use the alcohol as the “slip” to shape your polygel too but I don’t recommend it.

  1. I started by prepping the nails. I removed cuticles, filed and buffed my nails really well. Then I cleansed the nails with a cotton ball soaked in the alcohol.
  2. Next, I applied a thin layer of the base coat, and cured for 30 seconds under the LED lamp.
  3. To create the polygel, you have two options. You can mold the shape inside one of the included nail forms. The other option is to form it directly on the nail. If you are a beginner, the nail forms will help you get an even look, but I did mine directly on the nail, with the help of the nail guides.
  4. I placed the nail guide on my finger.
  5. I squeezed a bead of polygel onto my nail. Then I began to form the bead with the brush dipped in the slip solution. Note: if you’re just starting, use the darkest color you can so it’s easier to judge the thickness of the polygel – if you start with the clear like I did, it’s very hard to tell!
  6. Once I had the polygel shaped properly, I cured it under my LED lamp for 30 seconds.
  7. Next, I filed all my nails in the final shape I wanted. Just like with the Gelish polygel, I needed a nail drill to properly file the area under the nail.
  8. Once my nails had the shape I wanted, I cleaned them with the alcohol.
  9. The final step is to seal the gel with the included top coat, and cure under the LED lamp for another 30 seconds.
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My Thoughts on the Makartt Polygel Nail Kit

Price: Overall, I thought the Makartt Nail kit was a really good value. Although this kit isn’t as expensive as the Gelish, it’s probably even better than the Gelish. That’s because the consistency of the Makartt polygel strikes a perfect balance between sticky and runny, making it the easiest to apply.

Colors: While this kit doesn’t have a huge selection of colors, they are basically the shades I find myself using the most anyway. The “Dark Pink” (number 009) color they have is probably my favorite of all the kits I tried.

Extras: I liked that the kit included plenty of nail forms and nail guides, because they were really helpful at the beginning! I wish this kit included a nail drill (you’re going to need one!). Makartt has the best newbie-friendly nail drill I’ve tried, even though it’s a little more expensive than the ones on Amazon.

Durability: The first time I used the Makartt kit, my mani lasted a little over 3 weeks before I noticed some chips at the end and it was time for the polygel to come off. These days, I spend a little bit of extra time doing prep work, buffing the nails really well, and the polygel will last close to a month. I just reapply a bit of polygel on the new growth to even it out.

What I didn’t like: I will say maybe the thing I liked the least about this kit is that the quality of the included brush is not as high as the one in the Gelish kit. This didn’t make it harder to get a good application from the polygel—it’s just a matter of preference.
Another thing I found annoying was the LED lamp cord being so short. The lamp itself works very well and fast though.

#3. Modelones Poly Nail Gel Kit Enhancement Builder

Modelones Poly Nail Gel Kit Enhancement Builder
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The final polygel kit I tried, was from a brand I had never heard of before. Despite this, I really loved that this kit came with some extras that set it apart from the other two kits.

The Modelones kit comes in a nicely packaged box. I really liked that you have an organized way to look at all the products, which isn’t the case with the other two kits. The polygel set comes with its own slip solution, six color options, and some nail glitter. For me, I wasn’t planning to use any of these extra colors or glitters, but it’s still nice to have! Just like with the other kits, you’ll need your own LED nail lamp.

One difference with this kit, is that it has “dual nail forms” that help you build the nail shape before you apply to your nail. It doesn’t include the paper nail guides that you can get with the other two kits. I just decided to buy my own though, since I don’t like nail forms.

Here’s a step by step guide of how I performed my Modelones Polygel Manicure.

Step by Step Modelones Polygel Manicure

You’re probably sensing a common theme here, but I watched some youtube videos to see if there was anything different with this polygel set. It’s pretty straightforward, and the process is just the same with this kit.

  1. Start by cleaning and buffing your nails. The kit comes with a small nail file, but I still use a large one because it’s a little easier. After you buff, clean them with a little rubbing alcohol or the “slip”. Use very little slip as this polygel is so runny!
  2. Next, I applied the base coat evenly to the nails, and let them cure for 30 seconds in under the LED lamp.
  3. Then, I covered my nail with the paper nail guides that I bought (but you can use the dual nail forms instead).
  4. I chose the soft pink polygel to start. Then, I squeezed a pea sized bead onto the spatula and applied to the center of the nail.
  5. Next, I dipped my brush into the slip, and lightly formed the shape of my nail with the polygel. Be very gentle as this polygel tends to slide around!
  6. Once I had a nice shape on all the nails, I cured under my LED lamp for 30 seconds. I felt it was a little soft still, so I did an extra 30 seconds just to be sure.
  7. After my nails were shaped and dry, I filed them into shape. Again I needed to use my nail drill to get the back of the nail, though it took a little longer with the Modelones as I had to lay it a little thicker to avoid it sliding.
  8. Once my nails were shaped, I cleaned them with a cotton pad, and dipped in the slip solution.
  9. I topped off the nails with the top coat, and cured under the LED lamp for 60 seconds.
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My Thoughts On The Modelones Polygel Manicure

I think the Modelones kit is pretty good, and my nails did look professional after a couple of tries.

Maybe it’s because it was my first time using polygel, but I felt like it was harder to mold the gel in this kit. That is because the Modelones polygel itself is very soft, so no matter how careful you are with the slip solution, it’s very hard to keep it from sliding everywhere. And if you don’t use enough slip solution, it gets sticky.

I also think this polygel is slightly less durable. It seemed to take a little longer to get a solid dry result than the Gelish or Makartt brands, probably because the gel itself is so runny. My mani lasted about 2.5 weeks, a little less than with the others (I also noticed the tips were getting a little discolored towards the last week, but it’s hard to say what caused that).

The colors selection is really nice, and you can have a lot of fun with the glitter and, especially, the temperature-changing color.

Finally, I have to say that everything with this kit is on the smaller side. All the bottles of polish and slip are tiny, so I think it won’t last as long as the others.
Overall, while this kit is cheaper than the others and it includes some nice extras, the polygel is so temperamental that I ended up having to redo my nails a few times, and sometimes I just felt like giving up.

Which One Is The Best Polygel Nail Kit?

Makartt French Collection Poly Nail Gel Extension Kit
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After I put all these Polygel kits to the test, there was one that just stood out from the rest: The French Collection Poly Nail Extension Gel Starter Kit!

What makes the Makartt Kit better than the rest? The quality of the gel, the price and the professional results!

While, after some practice, my manicure looked great with the other two kits, the end result with the Makartt polygel was more professional looking. For someone like me, if I am going to spend that long at home doing my own nails, they better look as good as they do in the salon!

The Makartt really delivered that result, and it also lasted the longest. Nearly a month before I needed to remove it! I don’t know about you, but that’s way better than some salon manicures I’ve had.

My results with a polygel nail kit
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The final reason that I think the Makartt kit is so great? It’s got everything you need to start and the colors are the ones I use most often!

If you are on the fence about it, at the time of writing, you can get 15% off any of their products with coupon code SAS15, making it even better value for money than the other kits.

If you are ready to try this trend at home, check out these tips to get the best results!

Tips For Doing A Polygel Nail Manicure At Home

  • Watch a few Youtube videos before you get started. I’ll link a super helpful one below.
  • Make sure to keep the brush wet with slip solution or alcohol. This helps to avoid sticky polygel, and helps you shape the nail faster.
  • Take your time, there’s no rush. Learning to get great results means practice, and because you have to cure the nail you have plenty of time!
  • Invest in good tools. If you want a great result, invest in the few tools you need that don’t come with the kit. I love using a small shot glass or nail art jar to keep the slip. If your kit doesn’t come with one, a LED nail lamp is necessary. Finally, a good nail drill will allow you to thin out the tips of your nails and give you professional looking results.

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Look, you're either one of two people: the person who considers their nails an essential part of their look, OR the person—like yours truly—who maybe has their nails painted once a month...and most of the time, it's a shoddy DIY job with chips and dings galore. Few types of manicures can please both crowds, but I think we may have found a winner in polygel nails. Hear me out.

Polygel nails are a hybrid nail-enhancement formula that gives you the best parts of liquid and powder acrylics, plus LED hard gels. I'm talkin' durability, flexibility, and customizability (yes, it's a word), but with the bonus of an easier application. With help from a few YouTube tutorials and nail expert Morgan Haile from Gelish and Morgan Taylor, we'll fill you in on all the details about polygel nails.

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Are polygel nails better than acrylic?

Just like acrylic nails, poylgel nails can be used to sculpt, overlay, fill in, and extend the nails, but the similarities end there. Gelish PolyGel (the original, patent-pendingformula) is roughly 23 percent lighter than acrylics and 16 percent lighter than traditional hard gels, but it's just as strong. Haile also adds that it's monomer-free, 7-free, odor-free, and doesn't create airbone dust during the application process. So, yeah, I'll let you answer that question yourself.

Does polygel ruin your nails?

Haile says filing or buffing too hard or too much can cause damage to the natural nail (understandably so), so you'll definitely want to be careful, but the polygel itself doesn't damage the nails when applied and removed the right way. It's when people go rogue and DIY their removals (or go to a less-than-reputable salon) that can cause issues.

Do polygel nails break easily?

On the contrary! When applied correctly (keyword), polygel is actually sturdier than hard gels. Haile describes polygel nails as strong, flexible, and feather-light, which means they're durable but still feel like natural nails. To prevent any lifting, you'll want to make sure the nails are properly prepped first, which all goes back to the importance of the application, so if you're not a nail tech or don't fancy yourself as one, see a pro instead.

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Modelones Poly Extension Gel Nail Kit


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Gelish PolyGel Brand Nail Enhancement French Kit


Beetles Poly Extension Gel Nail Kit


What do you need for polygel nails at home?

  • Polygel
    Duh. Use just one tube if you want a solid color all over, or grab a few different colors to create ombré nails or a French manicure design.
  • Dual forms
    Depending on the application technique you use, you'll need dual forms that fit the curve of your nails, but leave enough room for the polygel in between. These make the application easier and faster, but can be a hard fit at the cuticle, which gives it a less natural finish.
  • Nail forms
    Instead of dual forms, you can use paper nail forms to serve as the base that you sculpt on top of. With these, you can blend better at the cuticle and create more of a custom fit, but they're more difficult for beginners.
  • Base coat and top coat
    These usually come with the kit to help prep and seal the nails.
  • LED light
    An LED lamp is essential (Haile recommends the 18G LED light) because polygel won't harden until it cures under the lamp, which means more time for the nail tech to get the shape just right.
  • Spatula and brush
    Polygel has a thick consistency and comes in a tube, so the spatula will help you slice and place chunks of the product on the nail. A small synthetic brush will help you smooth it out.
  • Slip solution
    Rubbing alcohol will do, but you definitely need some kind of solution to wet your brush with to allow it to shape the polygel without sticking to it.

How do you use polygel for beginners?

Follow the first three steps below, then decide whether you want to use dual forms or nail forms (or skip forms completely!) and follow the rest of the instructions (and tutorials) accordingly.

  1. Push back your cuticles and clean the nail plate to prevent lifting.
  2. File your nails, and buff the surface.
  3. Apply base coat, then cure it under an LED lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Finish and live your life, or continue on to one of the following two tutorials: dual forms or nail forms.

How to use polygel with dual forms:

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  1. Squeeze a small amount of polygel out of the tube, and use the spatula to apply the polygel to the inside of the dual form. Use the brush (dipped in slip solution) to spread it evenly.
  2. Place the polygel-coated dual form on your nail and lightly press to adhere.
  3. Remove any excess polygel that squeezed out the sides and smooth the product underneath the free edge of the dual form.
  4. Cure it in the LED lamp for 60 seconds.
  5. Pop off the dual form.
  6. File and shape your nails and smooth the edges.
  7. Finish with the top coat, and cure it once more.

How to use polygel with nail forms:

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  1. Wrap the tips of your fingers with the forms so they fit underneath the free edge of your nail.
  2. Squeeze the polygel from the tube and use the spatula to place it directly to the top of the nail.
  3. Use your brush dipped in the slip solution to shape the polygel and smooth out the surface.
  4. Cure it for 60 seconds under the LED lamp.
  5. Continue adding polygel, shaping, and curing until you’re finished building the nail.
  6. Wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to remove sticky residue.
  7. File and shape the edges and buff the surface to smooth.
  8. Apply any embellishments or designs, then finish with the top coat, and cure it once more.

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Can I use nail tips with polygel?

Yes! That's actually one of the coolest parts of working with polygel. You can shape the formula with a dual form so that you don't need nail tips to create extra length, or you can start with gluing tips and applying the polygel over the top to blend, reinforce, and shape them. Polygel gives you more options than a Cheesecake Factory menu, so don't be afraid to try something different each time.

Can you remove polygel nails with acetone?

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Haile suggests filing polygel, starting with a 150-grit nail file (or 180 grit) and a 100/180-grit buffer to remove length and product, then gradually increasing to a 220/280-grit buffer to smooth it out. But you can also use acetone to remove polygel, similar to how you would with gel. If your polygel nails are past their prime, watch this video tutorial, grab your gel polish remover tools, and follow the step-by-step tutorial, here:

  1. Clip off any length. If you used polygel to create nail enhancements, use nail clippers from your manicure set to trim off the extra length.
  2. File down the majority of the product on top of your nails without filing the natural nail. If you built up the nails really thick, this will help save you some time with the soak-off.
  3. Soak 'em. Dip pieces of cotton in acetone and wrap each nail with the cotton. With nail clips or small squares of foil, wrap your nail to hold the cotton in place while the acetone breaks down the polish underneath. Queue up Netflix, because this process could 45 minutes to an hour.
  4. Scrape off the residue. Once the acetone has softened the product underneath, use a cuticle pusher to gently scrape the remaining residue off. Don't force it! Repeat steps three and four until the product has loosened up enough to gently scrape away.
  5. Apply a nail treatment. With all that filing, soaking, and scraping, your nails and cuticles will likely need a little TLC with cuticle oil once you're finished.

What you'll need to remove polygel nails at home

Teenitor Gel Nail File Set


Mischo Beauty Nail Elixir Cuticle Oil


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How long do polygel nails last?

Want your gel polish to last longer? Honestly, I'd definitely try making the switch to polygel. Because they're so durable, polygel nails will still look good past the three-week mark, so add that to your list of polgel pros. And now that we're at the end, go ahead and tally 'em up—I bet you'll have more reasons than not to give polygel nails a try.

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PolyGel Nails DIY - PolyGel Nails Applying Step by Step Tips

PolyGel Nails is a breakthrough nail enhancement that can be applied as an overlay or used to sculpt a full set of nails. The enhancement formula delivers strong, flexible, feather-light nails that nail technicians and clients can count on. Once applied, PolyGel nails are astonishingly light on clients and stronger than hard gels. If you do not know how to apply this, don’t worry about it. In this blog, I will share with you step by step tips for applying poly gel at home-

How To Apply PolyGel Nails In 5 Minutes!

Today we will talk about how to do poly-gel nails at home.

Softly push back the cuticle of every single nail. And Make Sure don’t do it hardly.

Scrape off any dead tissue with the pointed end of the cuticle pusher.

file the nail lightly with a nail file until the shine is removed.

Remove any oils and bacteria from nails by using rubbing alcohol.

Next, you need to apply a base coat to your nails.  This will help the poly gel grip to your natural nail thus leading to a longer-lasting effect.

Once you apply the base coat to your nail you will need to put it under the UV lamp to dry.

When you are placing on your dual forms you want to fit all of them first and make sure they fit exactly. If by chance you get a dual form that is too small, even in the slightest bit then your poly gel nail will pop off prematurely.

When applying the gel to the dual form you can use the spatula and the brush in order to spread the gel evenly all over the nail.

Once you put on the dual form an optional step that I like to add is to put the clips on each nail to keep them in place and then place them in the UV lamp.

Once your nails are dry then pop off the dual forms and then shape the nail with a regular file that comes with the kit but this is where I have found the electronic file to be a lot easier and faster.  Shape the nails from the side and from the top.


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10 Things to Know About PolyGel

A true hybrid between hard gel and acrylic, Gelish’s PolyGel was inspired by a desire to create a product that keeps everything nail techs like about acrylic and hard gel systems while removing the aspects they don’t like, according to creator Danny Haile. Haile went live on Facebook from NAILS Magazine’s offices to answer all your questions about the new product. Read on to learn the top 10 things you should know about PolyGel, and watch the Facebook live demonstration to see the product in action!

Step by step instructions for PolyGel

  1. The liquid used to sculpt PolyGel is called Slip — the name was inspired by the slip potters use when working with clay. Slip is not a monomer; it has no active ingredients, and unlike acrylic monomer, it has a light, pleasant fragrance. It’s simply used to make the PolyGel easy to shape.
  2. Unlike hard gel, PolyGel is not self-leveling, but stays where you place it; unlike acrylic, it doesn’t harden until it’s cured in an LED or UV lamp.
  3. Cure time is about 30 seconds in an LED lamp or two minutes in a UV lamp. PolyGel nails do not experience heat spikes during curing. There is no tacky layer after curing.
  4. PolyGel is more flexible than acrylic, stronger than hard gel, and lighter than both, according to Gelish.
Danny Haile poses with NAILS Magazine's March issue.

5. The product can be applied as an overlay over natural nails, a tip overlay, or sculpted over a form.

6. It’s available in six colors: bright white, natural clear, soft white, soft pink, dark pink, and cover pink.

Haile was given a nail tip portrait of himself created by nail tech Long Do.

7. Gel-polish colors can be applied over the product, and Gelish can be mixed with PolyGel to create a design.

8. Natural nail prep is the same as prep for gel. Nail techs can use an e-file or a hand file to shape the product.

9. The product should be filed off, not soaked off. Nail techs can soak to remove the remaining product after filing. 

10. PolyGel nails can be rebalanced the same way acrylic or gel nails are rebalanced.

PolyGel will be available this summer in North America. Gelish educators will be providing trainings across the world. Learn more at


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By: Suad Othman

Okay let’s face it ladies, quarantine has our nails looking… not quite our best. And if you’re anything like me, then you absolutely love having your nails and toes done. I’m a little different though because about a year ago I started the habit of doing my own nails. I first became interested in the world of nail art when I would watch my amazing nail artist practice her work. I came to understand the techniques and started practicing with a simple DIY gel manicure. As my needs evolved, I started to watch more and more nail art tutorials on YouTube. Then began my obsession with something called Polygel.

Polygel nails are basically the in-between of a regular gel manicure and acrylic nails. They’re a lot harder than gel but more flexible than acrylics. Which makes them the perfect nail solution for gorgeous sturdy manicures that actually last. 

If you’re curious about trying out DIY Polygel nails for yourself, I’ve laid out a step by step guide on how to apply Polygel nails including some of the products I use as well.  

What you will need: Polygel quick builder nail gel, nail file, two-headed Polygel tool for application, dual forms for nails, UV or LED Lamp, Slip Solution or rubbing alcohol, Polygel Base and Top Coat. (optional: cuticle clipper, nail drill) 

My preference is the LILYCUTE Polygel nail kit from Amazon, but really you can use this guide with any kit you purchase. While a nail drill is not necessary for application, it does help speed up the process a bit. I like to use a nail drill that I bought from Amazon made by ECBASKET. It was under $15, so it won’t work quite as well as a professional nail drill. But it will definitely save you a lot of time when cutting your cuticles and just general upkeep of the nails like filing down edges and sides.

Here’s how its done:
  • First, you’re going to want to prepare the nail for application. This process includes filing the nail down and shaping the nail. You can start by pushing your cuticles back then cutting as much is necessary. Try not to cut too much of the cuticle to avoid bleeding. Also, make sure the nail is short for application.
  • After you’ve filed the nail and cut the cuticle, wash your hands with soap and water. Make sure the nail is completely dry. If you want, you can also use rubbing alcohol to get rid of any oil on the surface of the nail.
  • The next step is selecting the correct set of dual forms for all 10 of your nails. The dual form should be a bit larger on the sides of the nails than the actual nail. This will prevent any space being created once the gel has hardened.
  • After you select the correct dual forms to the size of your nail the shaping process begins. Start by taking the Polygel and placing a small amount on the dual form.

Pro tip: If the gel isn’t coming out smooth or it’s hard to push out, you can try running it under warm water for a few seconds.

  • Next use the spatula side of the two-sided Polygel tool to take some of the gel out of the tube. Then place it on the dual form.
  • Next, dip the brush side of the tool into your slip solution or rubbing alcohol. This prevents the gel from it sticking to the brush and allows for application. Dab a little on a cloth or paper towel before forming the gel on the dual form. Make sure to cover the sides of the dual form with the gel and make it a little thinner on the cuticle side and thicker in the middle of the dual form.
  • Once you have filed your nail to the desired shape, you’re going to want to apply a thin Base Coat and cure under the UV or LED lamp for 45-60 seconds depending on the lamp you have and depending on what your Base Coat requires.
  • After applying the Base Coat and curing the nail, take the dual form and apply it at a 45-degree angle at the cuticle and press down lightly. Take your two-sided brush and dip it into the slip solution to brush off any excess gel. Next, turn the nail around and create an even layer of gel on the back of your nail.
  • Quickly cure the nail under your UV or LED lamp then when it’s ready squeeze the sides of the dual form and pop it off. Proceed to shape the nail to the desired length and shape with your nail file.
  • Lastly, remove the excess dust with a paper towel or cloth and apply the Top Coat to the nail. Cure the nail under your UV or LED lamp. Repeat the process for all 10 nails and you’re done!

There you have it!

In 10 easy steps you have an incredible Polygel acrylic manicure. It typically lasts 2-3 weeks with no chipping. Be sure to share your at-home manicures by tagging us @thisisdrkbeauty and using #OurBeautyIsBeauty.


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Polygel Nails 101

For the better part of a decade, my only major New Year’s resolution was to stop biting my nails and picking at my cuticles. From the ages of 10 to 20, I looked at the resolution as a practical choice. It was solid—not too big of a goal and not too small. Doable, but still a noble cause. I tried everything from professional manicures to press-on nails to sheer willpower. No matter what though, the second the polish started peeling off my nail or I skipped a manicure for a week or two, the habit returned. I now know myself well enough to know that if I don’t have a fresh manicure, the bad habit will return almost immediately, so I try to schedule regular nail appointments whenever possible.

Gel manicureshave been helpful in maintaining polished nails for long periods of time (though, of course, gel has its issues, too), but once one nail chips or peels, it’s usually less than 24 hours before I’ve peeled them all off. The only thing that has helped me in the long-run? Acrylic nails. They’re nearly impossible to mess up and last for much, much longer than a gel manicure on a natural nail. If done incorrectly, though, acrylics can potentially expose you to a variety of chemicals. What’s more, the risk of exposure to chemicals even exists with perfectly done acrylics, and the process is never particularly cheap. Given all of this, I started to limit acrylic nails to a once-a-year treat. Even then, though, sometimes I would leave the salon thinking the nails looked unnatural or too long.

When I saw Polygel extension manicures for the first time (on Instagram, where I learn about most new beauty trends), I actually thought they were just very, very well done acrylics. For more information on the dazzling effects of Polygel, we spoke with three nail experts: Syreeta Aaron, Naomi Gonzalez-Longstaff, and Evelyn Lim. Keep reading to find out if a Polygel manicure should be your next nail investment. 

What Are Polygel Nails?

Polygel is a nail enhancement best described as a hybrid formula that combines the durability of acrylic nails and the elasticity application of gel nails, Aaron explains. The process and the materials used in the manicure, though, are actually quite different.

Polygel, which is sold in a tube much like toothpaste, is a mixture of acrylic powder and clear gel, says Aaron. Polygel also has a putty-like consistency and is extremely easy to apply and shape, Lim adds.

In Gonzalez-Longstaff's opinion, Polygel is a leading nail enhancement on the market: "It offers the nail professional the time and space to really deliver on sculpting and constructing the most architecturally structured nail," she says.

How Are Polygel Nails Applied?

Full set: For a natural look, Gonzalez-Longstaff recommends overlaying Polygel onto the natural nail. "It also works very well when shaping around the cuticle area, designing the most perfect linear construction," she says. Below, Lim outlines what you can expect from an initial full set of Polygel nails:

  1. The first step is sculpting the natural nail into the desired shape.
  2. Next, the cuticle (the thin layer of tissue attached to the nail plate) is removed and the nail plate is buffed.
  3. Any debris on the nail is removed with a lint-free wipe soaked in nail surface cleaner.
  4. Depending on the brand of the Polygel, this step will vary. After applying a dehydrator on the natural nails, either an acid-free primer is used or a gel base coat will be applied.
  5. The nails are cured (dried) for a duration specified by the Polygel brand under an LED light.
  6. Now, it's time to add the Polygel. A pea-sized amount is applied onto the nail plate.
  7. A brush is dipped into a slip solution (a solution that makes it easier to shape the Polygel) and used to pat down the Polygel and sculpt the nail into the desired shape and length.
  8. The nails are cured again for 30 to 60 seconds. Again, this will vary depending on the Polygel brand.
  9. The nails are shaped, buffed, and wiped with a lint-free wipe covered in nail surface cleaner. 
  10. A gel top coat is applied. 
  11. The nails are cured for another 30 to 60 seconds.
  12. Finally, the nails are wiped once more with a lint-free wipe soaked in nail surface cleanser. The process is now complete!

Here, Lim summarizes three other types of Polygel manicures:

Sculpted extension: Looking for an even longer set of nails? For this application, the first four steps are the same as with a full set application, but instead of applying the Polygel onto the natural nail, a nail form is placed on top of the natural nail. Polygel is then applied onto the nail form and sculpted into the desired shape and length. The nails are then cured under an LED light. Next, the nail form is removed and steps 8–10 are followed.

Fill-in: After approximately three to four weeks, it will be time to have your Polygel manicure filled-in. Similar to the maintenance of acrylic nails, Polygel nails typically don’t need to be fully removed and reapplied during each visit. Instead, they are simply filled-in for maintenance (your nail technician will advise when it is time to fully remove your Polygel nails and come in for a fresh application). During a fill-in, the Polygel remains on the nail and is filed down. Next, more Polygel (a pea-sized amount) is added near the cuticle to fill in the area where the nail has grown over time. Finally, steps 7–12 of the full set application are repeated.

Pink and white nails: Similar to acrylic powder, which comes in different colors (i.e., white, clear, pink, etc.), Polygel also comes in a wide variety of colors. Want a Polygel french manicure? No problem, the same steps used for a full set application are followed—except that for this method, each color is applied and cured separately.

How Much Do They Cost?

The price for Polygel nails will depend on the type of Polygel application. While a full set or sculpted extension application may range from $55 to $150, a fill-in typically doesn’t exceed $80. 

Polygel vs. Gel vs. Acrylics

Confused about the differences between gel, acrylic, and Polygel manicures? See below for some basic comparisons.

  • Gel: The thinnest of the three nail enhancements. "Gel polish on natural nails can bend the nails, causing breakage," Aaron warns. 
  • Acrylic: Many people choose an acrylic manicure if they’re looking for longer nails. Plus, they are "thick and sturdy with less breakage to the natural nail," explains Aaron. To apply, an acrylic powder called monomer must be used. Some experts and clients are wary of the strong-smelling monomer dust that is released into the air when acrylics are applied. 
  • Polygel: There are two main similarities between Polygel and acrylic nails. Just like acrylic, Polygel enhancements don’t usually need to removed, the nail growth area can simply be filled-in with more Polygel. Secondly, Polygel nails can also be applied on top of a nail form and sculpted to create an extension of the nail, just like acrylic. There are also several ways that Polygel nails differ from acrylic, and Polygel manicures tend to outshine acrylic nails for these reasons. "It has the strength of acrylic, but is lighter, stronger, and [more] flexible," says Lim. Because of this, Polygel nails are less likely to break off. Plus, as Lim points out, Polygel is easier to apply—it doesn’t require the tedious mixing of powder. Finally, Polygel is odorless and no chemicals are released into the air with application.

How Long Do Polygel Manicures Last?

According to Lim, Polygel manicures can last up to three to four weeks. The longevity of your Polygel manicure will also depend on the length of the nail and your lifestyle, adds Aaron. If you’re involved every day with activities that are rough on your hands, your Polygel manicure may not survive the full month.  

Polygel, like acrylics, is certainly more expensive than a basic gel manicure, but in my experience, it lasts almost twice as long. If you get a light nude or pink color, it’s hard to tell when the manicure has grown out, making it last even longer than you might think.

Are Polygel Manicures Safe for Your Nails?

If applied and removed properly, Polygel manicures are perfectly safe for your nails. In fact, Polygel can be considered safer than other nail enhancements—like acrylics—as no chemicals are released into the air during application. But keep in mind that Polygel nails should always be removed by a professional. 

The Takeaway

As Gonzalez-Longstaff notes, Polygel manicures are still fairly niche, meaning that many nail artists still have to properly educate themselves on the special technique. "With anything that we do in the industry with nails, practice makes perfect," Aaron adds. She continues, "With Polygel, some may be thicker than others, [and] when it comes to the different brands [of Polygel], some applications may be more difficult. Polygel is a product that you just have to practice with and find the right brand that fits you."

While I live in a major city and was able to find a nail salon that offered the technique (and had examples of their work to prove it), it did take a lot of research before I found a place I felt comfortable with. With that said, there is no way I am ever going back to acrylics or a regular gel manicure. If you’ve never had nail extensions at all, the experience of having longer nails may be a bit strange at first, but if you do love a longer nail (or if, like me, you struggle with biting or picking at your nails), then Polygel is certainly worth considering. 


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