So I put together a little photo demo that will hopefully help clear this up so you'll know what to ask for when you call a salon:
|This is Gel. A lot of salons call it "hard gel" now.|
Most hard gels come in little pots, sometimes you see it in a bottle that can be squeezed out onto the nail.
|The gel is like thick honey-- some are thinner, some are thicker.|
This is being sculpted on a form. It can also be brushed over tips, or overlaid on natural nails.
It has to be built up in layers and every layer has to be cured under a UV lamp:
|There: much better. Filed and shaped.|
|A finished gel nail with top coat gel applied. I didn't get all the dust out from underneath or it would look much clearer-- but this was just a quick demonstration nail, I wasn't trying to impress anyone with my mad skillz.|
|This is GEL POLISH: "Suzi Says Feng Shui" in OPI Gelcolor.|
It gets applied like polish, then cured under the UV lamp after each coat.
|GEL POLISH on natural nails|
with pure pigment brushed on tips.
|GEL POLISH on natural nails with hand painted art work.|
|A "Rockstar Gel Overlay"|
Using Hard Gel to strength the natural nails, with glitter embedded in the gel.
|A little of everything:|
The Red is gel polish over acrylic nails,
the glitter is Rockstar in the acrylic.