When it comes to using builder gel, it’s important to understand how to properly apply it as well as the potential issues that can arise from the incorrect application. Common mistakes occur when a technician applies too thick, too thin or an inconsistent layer of builder gel that prevents proper curing. In this piece, we'll explore some of the common errors when it comes to applying builder gel and how you can get builder gel nails to cure perfectly every time. So if you want your builder gels to cure and look and feel great - keep reading.
Factors that affect builder gel curing
Improper application: As mentioned above, builder gel can be prone to the improper application if it is applied too thick, too thin or not evenly. This will lead to uneven curing of the product and can cause issues with the strength and longevity of your nails.
Poor quality builder gel: Choosing the right builder gel with good ingredients is essential for a proper cure. How old is the builder gel you are applying for instance? Expiry dates should be checked and you should also make sure the product is labelled 'UV/LED curing'.
Incorrect lamp or curing time: It is important to use the right type of lamp for curing builder gel. Using a UV lamp when an LED one is required, or vice versa will mean that the builder gel won't cure correctly. Curing times can also vary between brands and products so make sure you read the instructions carefully and always start with the lowest curing time to avoid over-curing.
Tips for Proper Builder Gel Curing
Nail Preparation: Before applying the product make sure the nails are properly dehydrated, clean and dry. Ensure the nail plate is free of oils and debris (click here if you want to know how to apply builder gel like a pro).
Application: For best results apply thin, even layers of builder gel. Remember to cap the free edge with each layer you apply.
Curing: Once applied make sure your nails are cured correctly by using the right lamp and following the curing time instructed on the package - usually a minimum of 60 seconds up to a maximum of 120 seconds. This can vary so make sure you pay attention to product instructions.
Troubleshooting when Builder Gel Does Not Cure
If your builder gel doesn't cure correctly, first check for common mistakes made during the application process to identify what went wrong. Have you followed carefully the steps we have suggested above?
Sometimes, it may be that the product has expired or is not suitable for UV/LED curing. If this is the case it’s best to get the builder gel removed by a qualified nail tech and take their recommendation on which brand of builder gel you should choose.
Ultimately, proper builder gel curing is essential for successful and long-lasting nail art. It’s important to note that improper application or use of poor-quality products could lead to weaker nails that won't last as long. When it comes to builder gel, following the steps outlined in this article will ensure your nails look great.
In this blog, we have looked at the importance of proper builder gel curing and explored some common mistakes that can lead to improper curing. In order to get the best results from your builder gel nails, it’s important to understand how to properly apply it as well as the potential issues that can arise from the incorrect application.
Finally, it's essential to make sure that you always use fresh, high-quality builder gel and the right type of lamp. It is also important to follow the curing time instructed on the package as this can vary between brands and products. With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to beautiful nails that will last for weeks. And, of course, if you want to learn how to apply builder gel by an award winning team of professionals check out our builder gel courses.