Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Professional Gel Manicure

If you are looking for a great way to treat yourself, why not consider getting a gel manicure at any one of the Tammy Taylor nail and beauty salon’s in South Africa. Adding a little bit of nail art to your manicure, along with a few natural diamonds can instantly transform your nails into a fashion statement. Find out more about our various gel manicure options for women and young girls below.

What Exactly is a Gel Manicure?

Before we dive into the technical aspects of figuring out if this type of manicure is something you would be interested in, it is good to have a clear understanding of what exactly is a gel manicure. A gel manicure is simply the process of applying a gel-based polish to your nails and calls for the use of a UV or LED light to ensure that the polish gets fixed onto your nails.

Most professional nail technicians will incorporate the use of an ultraviolet light or LED light into the application process of gel polish into your nails. The main reason behind this is for the light source to cure or “lock in” the nail polish onto your natural nail.

What makes this type of manicure more effective is the fact that gel nail polish is more durable, unlike other products similar to its kind. Most customers who prefer regular nail polish run the risk of chipping their nails within two to three days after a fresh manicure. On the other hand, a gel manicure is pretty indestructible because of the fact that it can stay chip-free for at least three weeks.

Gel Manicure Services at Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa

At Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa, we provide out clients with a variety of different option when it comes to their nails. We also provide our customers with the option to either apply gel nail polish to their nails as part of maintaining their manicure or they can choose to book our gel nail treatments for natural nails. The gel nail treatment usually takes approximately sixty minutes long.

We also offer the service of removing gel nail polish at all of our luxurious nail spa salons across the country. This is a thirty-minute-long procedure that we recommend for those clients who wish to remove their gel manicure but do not know how to do so.

We at Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa understand that it is just as important for young girls to look and feel glamourous. For this reason, we also offer the service of applying gel nail polish on princesses aged between six and fifteen years. Be sure to enquire about this service today.

Important Tips on How to Make a Gel Manicure Last Longer


  1. Use cuticle oil on to keep your cuticles moist

Not a lot of people talk about this but, the secret to making sure that your gel manicure lasts longer is hydrated cuticles. It is really important to invest in cuticle oil to keep your nails from looking dry and worn out. Apply cuticle oil to your cuticles religiously to help your gel manicure to prevent them from becoming brittle and chipping.

  1. Remember to file your nails

Filing or buffing your nails helps them to remain smooth and removes any unwanted bumps or cracks on your nails. Buffing helps to remove the natural shine from your nails, allowing the gel polish to grip onto your nail much easier.  

Of course, buffing and or filing should only be done to nails as a treatment once the gel polish has been removed. Incorporating this step into your nail care routine will guarantee that your next gel manicure lasts longer than ever before.

  1. Ask for a top coat

Don’t feel shy to ask your nail technician to apply a final top coat for you the next time you book a gel manicure. It is important that you get a base coat followed by at least two or three coats of the nail polish colour of your choice before applying a top coat to your nails.

If you are going the DIY route and choosing to give yourself a gel manicure at home, you could defiantly apply a normal top coat over the gel nail polish, just make sure to cure it using an UV or LED light.

  1. Do not peel your gel manicure

It’s no secret that we do get tempted to peel away our manicure once it starts looking work out and faded. But this could be the biggest mistake you can make. Trust me, you will regret it later.

Peeling off your gel manicure does not only remove the polish from your nails, it also removes the top layers of the cells on your nails. This could lead to cracking on your natural nail.

If you want to get rid of gel polish on your nails, be sure to buff or file it away. Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa offers their customers a specialised soak off treatment to remove gel nail polish once it starts looking like the manicure it worn out. Speak to our team to find out more.

If you would like to book your next gel manicure at any one of the one hundred Tammy Taylor nail salons in South Africa, be sure to give us a call on 010 591 1034 today. Our team of professional staff members are fully equipped with all of the necessary skills and tools to ensure that you have the best service when you visit us in store. Make sure to download our mobile bookings app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to conveniently make your own booking from your smartphone anywhere, at any given time. All you have to do is register as a user before proceeding to make your first remote booking. We look forward to treating you like royalty on your next visit to our nail salon.

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