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Reported by: Kimberly Cheng
Created: 11/05 5:02 am
Last Update: 11/05 11:00 am
It's the newest service being added to valley nail salons. A polish that promises to keep your manicure intact for two to three weeks!
KPSP Local 2's Kimberly Cheng visited salons to find out if it works.
If you paid $20 bucks for a manicure, you know how irritating it is to have your polish chip within days.
Several women, at nail salons we visited, say the new gel polish will change all of that.
It's called UV gel nail polish. There is more than one brand out there. At Studio "M" Hair and Day Spa, in La Quinta, they're using Shellac.
It's not acrylic and not traditional gel nails. There's no fake nail applied.
It's a hybrid between polish and gel. It goes on like regular polish. Your manicurist will buff the nails first, apply base coat, two layers of color, and top coat. The only difference is you'll put your hands in a UV dryer between each step.
"As soon as you're done, (there's) no drying time at all. Go home, do whatever you like," said Patty Williams, manicurist at Studio "M".
Those who have tried it say it really works.
"You've polished your nails, they don't last as long and this lasts," said Linda Reynolds who was getting gel polish Thursday at Studio "M".
Reynolds switched to gel polish from acrylics when it became available over the summer. She says this is the best product she's tried yet.
"I'm hard on my hands," the golfer explained. "In two weeks, I have to have them redone."
During the process, you must put your hands under a UV light to cure the gel polish. There are some concerns that this could cause skin damage. There haven't been any large studies to date but some doctors compare the tiny box to a tanning bed.
The nail industry says it's safe because clients only spend a minimal amount of time under the dryer. All four steps add up to about ten minutes or less.
Williams thinks the process is worth it. It takes away all of the annoyances of getting a mani.
"You know, they can't get their keys. (Sometimes, they) mess up their nails before they ever leave the shop," she said.
It costs $30 dollars to get gel nail polish at Studio "M" in La Quinta. That includes a manicure. Country Club Nails in Palm Desert offered the service for $25. A manicure was not included.
You can only get the service from a salon. There are several colors available by Shellac, including French manicure, red, and pale pink.
Women, who have tried it, tell us their biggest complaint had to do with the removal process. Nails must be soaked in pure acetone and sometimes the nail technician will have to chip at the polish to get it off. Williams said this causes dryness but using solar oil may help.