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The Science behind Gel Polish

Whilst we can probably guarantee those that are reading this love gel polish, it’s less likely that you know how it all works and the science behind it.

As you probably know, UV gel polish is a multiple step process. There are base coats, colour coats and topcoats to think about, all of which need to be cured within a UV lamp.

Gel polishes feature a chemical called photoinitiators, and it’s this component that reacts with the UV light in our lamps.  When exposed to the wavelengths of a UV light, it gives off a particle, called a free radical. This particle starts off another reaction within the resins of the gel, polymerization. Polymerization creates heat, which is the heat spike your clients may or may not have experienced. In time, the gel polish hardens to become a solid plastic. It is vital to know what wattage is best for your gel polish to ensure your manicure is as durable and long-lasting as possible.

Ultimately, the wavelengths emitted by your lamp will react with the photoinitiator in the resin of your gel polish, of which is known in the industry as a free radical reaction.

Halo Gel Polish can be cured in multiple lamp wattages and the cure time needs to be amended based on the lamp being used. As a guide, Halo Gel Polish will cure in a 48-watt white light lamp in 30 seconds. In a 12-watt LED lamp, it will take 60 seconds, and 120 seconds in a 36-watt UV lamp.

If you’re looking for more information regarding curing Halo Gel Polish or would like to contact the team for other enquiries, you can get in touch here, via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page.

For all technical support please contact Tina Bell at nailtechsupport@purenails.co

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