Durability accross systems?

#1
Hi

Currently use a hard gel to apply my own nails (with forms). Servicing my own hands takes SOOO much longer with this system and I also find that gel needs to be built up more for strength (as I now work in an office and they are under constant strain).

I have just done an acrylic set and they seem to be much stronger so can be slightly thinner, which, personally think looked more beautiful when I did them (attached for critique). Its speedier to apply but I loathe the mononer smell in my house!

So my question is before I consider any training, are the dual systems (Polygel /Acrygel) more comparable to the strength of gel or the acrylic? I was hoping this might be more time effective as system for self application?

Background for those who may ask:
NVQ Lvl 3 in beauty and nails 2008
Trained in gel application
No longer work in the industry
 

Trinity

Brush Slayer Geek
#2
Personally, I've used Gelii 4D, and PolyGel and a couple of cheapie brands, I find the new hybrids about the same as Gel for longevity. I like the lightness of the product when wearing it, I found I could do them thinner than normal Gel but still keep the durability but they feel 'soft' to me. I'm a former nail biter and 'test' products with my teeth unconsiously, most of the Hybrid products I could 'stretch' and 'bend' for a few days before they finally gave up and broke or lifted. I can't do either to L&P.
 

ciderella71

Well-Known Member
#3
Personally, I've used Gelii 4D, and PolyGel and a couple of cheapie brands, I find the new hybrids about the same as Gel for longevity. I like the lightness of the product when wearing it, I found I could do them thinner than normal Gel but still keep the durability but they feel 'soft' to me. I'm a former nail biter and 'test' products with my teeth unconsiously, most of the Hybrid products I could 'stretch' and 'bend' for a few days before they finally gave up and broke or lifted. I can't do either to L&P.
I thought I was the only one who would do this! I like a little bite on the tip to test the strength too...
 

Trinity

Brush Slayer Geek
#4
I thought I was the only one who would do this! I like a little bite on the tip to test the strength too...
Waaahhhh!! I thought it was only me. I love the feel of the hybrids on my teeth, all smooth and soft. I'm a freak, welcome to my world :p
 

#5
I've just switched from acrylic to an acrygel on my own nails and I think I'm on my third infill now. Not had any issues with it and I'm pretty hard on my nails.
 
#6
Alison, which system did you switch too?
 

#7
Alison, which system did you switch too?
ikon.iQ Nails Polytek. Totally can’t fault it. Gardening, DIY, housework, renovating a classic boat... I never wear gloves (naughty I know!) and I have moderate extensions. Nothings broken, chipped, cracked or snapped so far!
 
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