Gel manicures have their pros and cons. One of the prime advantages of using nail gel polish is its longevity. These manicures comfortably last for two to three weeks. They are available in a range of exciting colors. However, there are a couple of drawbacks. One such disadvantage is the use of the UV/LED lamp for curing/drying the polish layer. Some people are allergic to UV radiation. Besides, prolonged exposure to radiation can cause health issues. The other drawback with modern-day gel manicures is the gel polish base feels sticky, at times. Let us learn how to overcome this problem.
It can be frustrating to do all the hard work and end up with a less-than-satisfying finish to your nail manicure. Before we discuss the issue in detail, here is a short-cut solution to the problem.
It is not a new feeling to find your nails feeling tacky after curing them under the UV lamp. This tackiness is what allows subsequent layers to stick to the nail. On completing the manicure and curing process, you use a non-wipe topcoat or an alcohol wipe to give your nails a smooth and glossy gel finish.
With the short answer out of the way, let us understand the difference between a traditional basecoat and the gel basecoat. It explains why your nail feels sticky until the end of the manicure.
Normal Basecoat Vs. Gel Basecoat
You had simple traditional nail polishes in the olden days without the super-adhering and beautiful glossy modern gel finishes. Thus, basecoats had a different purpose altogether compared to their utility today in the modern age. Here is why the traditional basecoat did not have a tacky feel to it.(more…)