Everything You Need To Know About Polygel

Mylee has just launched our range of Polygel. But what are Polygel nails? What do you need to create them, and how do you apply Polygel for the perfect manicure?

Keep reading for everything you need to know about Polygel nails! 

What are Polygel Nails? 

Polygel nails are a new type of gel formula you can use to create overlays or sculpt strong and lightweight nail extensions. It’s stronger and more durable than traditional gel polish, and it’s a lot lighter than sculpting heavy acrylic nails. 

Polygel is the texture of a paste you can pat it into shape with your brush and it will hold its shape. It is a lot thicker than regular gel nail polish or Builder Gel, and won’t self-level either, which means you can build a gorgeously arched apex for your nail. Unlike acrylic nail extensions, Polygel won’t harden or cure with exposure to the air. This means you can take your time in sculpting your nails and then cure them under an LED or UV lamp. It also doesn’t have the strong smell of acrylic nails either!

 

How long do PolyGel nails last?

Polygel will last on your nails as long as you want it to and grow out flawlessly, and if applied and looked after correctly. Once it’s cured it won’t chip or flake. 

If you are using it to extend your nails you must make sure you build a strong apex to your nail to give balance and strength to your nails. This means adding a bit bigger bump of Polygel to your nail over the nail bed, so there less pressure is applied to the tips of your nails when doing everyday tasks like typing or washing up, and less chance of your nail extensions cracking or breaking. 

You must also prep your nails properly to ensure good adhesion. This prep is the exact same as you would do for your regular gel polish. First you need to push back your cuticles and remove any white or dead skin around the cuticle area. Then you need to buff your nails with a grit buffer to create some texture on the nail for your polish to adhere to. You also need to wipe your nails with Prep & Wipe and Lint Free Wipes to cleanse the nail bed and remove any dust or oil, before going in with your base coat. 

Polygel nails are super strong so as long as they are applied correctly they won’t break easily. 

The difference between Polygel and Builder Gel

We can’t say that Polygel is better than Builder Gel or that Builder Gel is better than Polygel, as they are both very different products. However they can both be used to add strength to the nail and to create extensions.

Builder Gel is a thinner consistency than Polygel and comes in a bottle with a brush. It’s thicker and stronger than regular gel polish and can be used as a base layer, top coat, and is great for attaching jewels and decals to your nails. You can also build it up in several layers as a strengthening layer over your natural nails. If you’d like to extend your nails with Builder Gel you can! Using paper forms you can extend your nails up to 1cm in length, by brushing the product over the end of your natural nail and onto the form. This can be built up in several layers, curing thoroughly in between each layer. Then you can pop off your paper form and file into shape. 

Polygel is a lot thicker and more like a paste consistency when compared to Builder Gel. It comes in a tube which you can squeeze out, and with the spatula end of the Dual Ended Tool you can roll it onto your nail. Like Builder Gel you can also use it as a strengthening overlay layer on your natural nail by patting it into place with the brush end of the Dual Ended Tool dipped in some Slip Solution to stop it sticking. You can also use it to extend the nail. But unlike with Builder Gel there are a couple of ways you can extend with Polygel, and you can also create much longer extensions. 

You can use paper forms or dual forms to extend your nails using Polygel. When using paper forms, pat the Polygel with your brush dipped in the Slip Solution over the nail, and past the end of your natural nail and onto a paper form. Once cured, pop off your paper form and file the nail into shape. Dual Forms are made from plastic, come in 12 different sizes and are reusable. With this method you can pat the Polygel into place inside the Dual Form before placing the whole form over your nail. You then press the form with Polygel on your nail, applying pressure on the cuticle end first. After you have pressed the form and Polygel on the nail, wipe away any gel that may have squeezed over the edge, and cure. Once cured you can pop the form off your nail and file the nail into your desired shape. 

Another way to extend nails with both Builder Gel and Polygel, is with tips. Prep your nails as you would normally and glue ready made tips onto your natural nail, or attach using the Builder Gel. Then add a layer or Builder Gel or Polygel over the top before curing.

Can you paint over Polygel Nails?

The answer here is yes, you can paint over your Polygel nails.

Mylee’s new Polygel has launched in three different shades, Clear, Nearly Nude, and Perfect Pink, all of which are gorgeous just by themselves. Or you can pop a coat of your favourite Mygel shade over the top, as you would paint your normal gel nail polish. Add a final layer of Top Coat over the top, and you’re good to go! 

How to apply Polygel Nails

Check out our tutorial video on how to safely apply and remove your Polygel manicure. 

 

 

How to apply Polygel as an overlay

1) Push your cuticles back, file, buff and cleanse your nails with Mylee Nail Prep & Polish Wipe.

2) Apply a thin coat of Mygel Base Coat and cure for 1 minute under a LED lamp or 2 minutes under a UV lamp. 

3) Squeeze a small amount of Mygel Polygel out of the tube, slice it with the Mylee Polygel Dual-Ended Tool

4) Roll the polygel onto the nail.

5) Use the brush end of the Mylee Polygel Dual-Ended Tool and a small amount of Mylee Slip Solution to lightly pat the Polygel. 

6) Start at the cuticle and move up the nail to pat the Polygel into place

7) Apply to all nails on one hand and cure under a LED lamp for 1 minute or 2 minutes under a UV lamp. 

8) To smooth the surface, lightly file the nail with a 180-grit file and cleanse your nails.

9) Apply Mygel Top Coat and cure or continue with your favourite gel polish.

How to apply Polygel with paper forms

1) Push your cuticles back, file, buff and cleanse your nails with Mylee Nail Prep & Polish Wipe.

2) Apply a thin coat of Mygel Base Coat and cure for 1 minute under a LED lamp or 2 minutes under a UV lamp.

3) Apply the paper form to the nail by setting it snugly under the nail and aligning the middle of the form to the middle of the nail. Make sure there are no big gaps between the form and the nail, and stick the ends together to create a curve. 

4) Squeeze a small amount of Mygel Polygel out of the tube, slice it with the Mylee Polygel Dual-Ended Tool and roll it onto the nail.

5) Use the brush end of the Mylee Polygel Dual-Ended Tool and a small amount of Mylee Slip Solution to shape the Polygel into place and extend onto the form. Add in extra Polygel to create an apex in your nail. This is created by making the product thicker over the nail’s stress area.

6) Apply to all nails on one hand and cure under a LED lamp for 1-2 minutes or UV lamp for 2 minutes. 

7) Once cured, you can remove the paper form from your nail. 

8) To smooth the surface, lightly file the nail with a 180-grit file and cleanse your nails. 

9) Apply Mygel Top Coat and cure or continue with your favourite gel polish.

How to apply Polygel with dual forms

1) Push your cuticles back, file, buff and cleanse your nails with Mylee Nail Prep & Polish Wipe.

2) Apply a thin coat of Mygel Base Coat and cure for 1 minute under a LED lamp or 2 minutes under a UV lamp.

3) Pick the correct size dual form for your nails. 

4) Squeeze a small amount of Mygel Polygel out of the tube, slice with the Mylee Polygel Dual-Ended Tool and roll it inside the dual form. 

 

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5) Use the brush end of the tool and a small amount of Mylee Slip Solution to spread the Polygel evenly inside the form. 

6) Push the form onto the nail with the cuticle end first, and hold onto the nail for a few seconds so the form attaches to the nail. Remove any product that may have squeezed over the edges of the form using the brush and Slip Solution. 

7) Turn your hand over and using the brush smooth out the product on the underside of your nails. 

8) Cure under a LED lamp for 1 minute or UV lamp for 2 minutes. Once cured squeeze the end of the dual form to release it from the nail. 

9) Use a 180-grit file to smooth the surface and to shape the free edge of the nail. Cleanse your nails and apply Mygel Top Coat and cure or continue with your favourite gel polish.

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