There are 2 types of gel, hard gel and soft gel.

Hard gel gets its name because, once cured, it is tough enough to be made into a nail extension. Nail extensions are artificial nails created by using a nail product to extend the nail past the edge of the natural nail.

Soft gel called Shellac refers to the gel products that are too soft to create a nail extension. This includes gel polishes and thicker gels meant for gel-overlay services. Gel polishes are used for the increasingly popular gel polish manicures. These manicures are gentle to the natural nail and the polish stays intact on the nail for at least a couple of weeks with high shine and no cracking, peeling or chipping.

Many people confuse Gels with Shellac. This is because Shellac contains gel, so many consumers have mixed up their terminology, asking for a “gel manicure” when what they want is Shellac. So gel manicure is sort of a made up name for Shellac. Meanwhile, Shellac and Gels are not the same service.

All gels are cured in a lamp that emits UV light, whether it contains florescent bulbs or LED bulbs. All gel products are generally applied with a brush and floated onto the natural nail as an overlay, or used to extend the nail over a tip or sculpted onto a nail form.

When it comes to removal of gel polish, gentle is best. Soaking the product off should happen with either cotton and foil, or our preferred method. The product should also be almost falling off before it is gently pushed away with an orangewood stick.


A free consultation is required before any treatment is carried out. At this appointment the practitioner will ask about the main areas of concern as well as going through a detailed medical history form. Photographs may be required.