It’s true confession time. Although they are insanely popular, I’ve never had gel nails. I’ve been tempted, oh so tempted. But I’ve never caved because I’ve been afraid of the removal process, which I’ve heard horror stories about. Then Sally Hansen came out with an at-home Salon GelPolish™ Starter Kit and I knew I didn’t have to be afraid any more. Read on…
Believe me, there’s nothing that appeals to me more than having a beautiful, maintenance-free manicure. But I had heard that the removal process could be a beast, leaving nails damaged and brittle. I wanted no part of that! Recently there have been several at-home gel nail systems released and when I had the opportunity to try the Sally Hansen system, I was interested. I’ve always had good luck with Sally Hansen products.
The Salon GelPolish™ Kit includes a UV-lamp, cleanser pads, a bottle of base, color and top coat, nail file/buffer, acetone remove and complete instructions which I read several times before starting. I was a little apprehensive, but once I got going, the process went smoothly. Although I was provided the kit in Shell White, I went out and purchased Commander in Chic gel nail color; I could commit to that for two weeks.
In terms of the application process, I was advised by another beauty blogger that I should cure a little longer than the recommended 30 seconds as advised in the instructions. I did that, curing each step for 1 minute (or 2 times under the light). I think it was great advice, because my manicure literally lasted the entire two weeks of the holidays with no chips or lifting up. I probably could have gone longer, but honestly, I had other polishes to swatch!
The removal–something I was so apprehensive about–couldn’t have been easier. I followed the instructions, soaking my nails with the remover. My hairdresser also suggested lifting the ‘seal’ a bit on the side of the nail, which I also did. The polish lifted off completely and with absolutely no damage. I made sure to condition my nails well after the removal and was good to go.
In addition to the Salon GelPolish™ system, Sally Hansen has introduced a Salon InstaGel Strips™ Starter Kit. I have this one in the queue, so stay tuned for an update on that.
The Sally Hansen Salon GelPolish™ Starter Kit ($69.99) and Refill Kit ($19.99) are available in drug and discount stores. Also available for sale separately: Base Coat, Top Coat & Nail Color ($12.99 each); Alcohol Wipes & Remover ($4.99 each). Have you tried an at-home gel nail system yet? Let me know in the comments!