Users' questions

What lamp do I need for OPI gel?

What lamp do I need for OPI gel?

With any genuine gel nail polish (like OPI), an LED light is a must.

Does OPI gel cure under UV?

OPI Gelcolor soak off gel polish (released on October of 2011) applies just like traditional nail polish, but gives your like a super shiny finish that lasts up to two weeks. You can just simply apply the gel like regular nail polish and cure it under a UV or LED lamp for the specified period of time.

Does OPI cure with LED light?

OPI LED Light. Professional tool used to cure gel nails. Use after applying OPI Base and Top Coat System and GelColor shades.

Is it better to use LED or UV nail lamp?

For the distinct reason that LED nail dryers offer a faster drying time compared to UV lights, they are said to be safer than UV lights. It takes UV lights anywhere from 8-10 minutes to cure gels, while LED lamps take 30-45 seconds. Second, LED bulbs last much longer than UV bulbs.

Is Nas a 99 alcohol?

This is okay, but not worth the money since it is truly just 99% alcohol. For any nail service, I have found that any alcohol works great.

Is OPI gel polish UV or LED?

OPI GelColor dries in only 30 seconds per coat under an LED light. That means you can walk out of the salon without worry that your nail color will smudge.

Why is gel polish tacky after curing?

The sticky residue that remains for some brands of gel polish is the polish that wasn’t cured properly. This occurs because the oxygen in the air prevents the gel polish on the surface or top of your manicure from curing completely leaving a tacky or sticky residue called the inhibition layer.

What Watt is best for gel nails?

The minimum wattage necessary to cure gel nails is 24-36. If you have to purchase a 36-watt lamp, 4 bulbs of 9 watt each will be ideal for you. If you want to lessen the time of curing the nails, then you can opt for heavy wattage lamps as well.

Can all gel polish be cured with LED?

Today, most gel polish brands will cure in LED or UV lamps, but not all of them do. CND Shellac is supposed to only cure in a UV lamp, but some people can get it to cure in an LED lamp. As long as the gel polish cures in the lamp you have, you should be able to use it.

What happens if you over cured gel nails?

Over-curing a gel is possible. Some gels will discolor when over-cured and some will lose the gloss, while others will do both or neither. So much of this depends on the gel and the curing light. Each manufacturer should be able to assist the nail technician in what issues they may see with over-curing the product.

Can an UV lamp be used to dry nail polish?

No , regular nail polish requires air drying, whereas gel polish contains a polymer that must be ‘cured’ by a UV or LED lamp for it to become hard. Regular nail polishes can’t be used with UV or LED lamps and it won’t dry any quicker from being put under the lamp.

Can you use the gel nail polish without the UV lamp?

While you will be able to apply gel nail polish without a UV light , the other “processes” of drying are long and will not give the quality results you expect. A UV light is what dries the gel quickly and without fail. It’s impossible to air it out, as it will remain runny or smudge. Aug 2 2019

What is an UV nail lamp?

UV Nail Lamp. They are the earliest ones. They typically feature bulbs which produce ultraviolet rays which are required for nail curing. They are quite cheap but at the same time are “lazier.” A UV nail lamp takes up to twice the time necessary to cure compared to an LED nail lamp.

What is UV cured nail polish?

Gel nail polish is cured by ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths hitting the molecules called photoinitiators in the gel and activating them. UV lamps emit broad UV wavelengths so it takes longer to cure but works on all gel. LED technology uses more narrow UV wavelengths that targets specific photoinitiators in the gel polish so the gel cures faster.