Mastering Hard Gel

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This Post Has 18 Questions

  1. Kaitlyn Beveridge

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Not completely messing up hard gel! Woo! I was so intimidated by it, but actually found it so cool to work with!

    2. I’ve broaden my horizons with services to offer in a salon now that I know hard gel isn’t as horrendous to work with as I thought!

    3. I have learnt more about structure in using hard gel and Have come to realise my c curves need more work still! But I’m excited to work on getting them perfect!

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. C curves!!

    2. No filing out the lower arches that I try so hard to get in!

    3. Not filing out my apex…. (I see a pattern ????)

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. How easy I found hard gel when I assumed it would be a nightmare being so sticky!

    2. How hard it would be to see when extending using a form! Took a few nails to get used to

    3. How quick application was! I had assumed that it would take me a very long time

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Don’t over file!

    2. Pinch c curves in! It’s easier to remember after you flash cure
    3.Practice makes perfect and the more I work on c curves the better they’ll get (I hope…)

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Hard gel really isn’t as scary as you might think! Just dive right in and have a go! It’s actually really fun once you get into the swing of it! A definite fave!

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      Penny

      It’s so fun, right!!

  2. Georgia McGregor

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. The thickness of the hard gel

    2. My filing technique which I’ve practiced lots since acrylic!

    3. My cuticle application. I found with floating the hard gel on, the cuticle area gets a really nice even finish

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Getting a good C Curve

    2. Getting the application right in one go. Some nails I had to go back in and touch up with a bit more hard gel

    3. Get the product slightly closer to my side walls.

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. It sets really fast, so I need to work faster with hard gel than with acrylic

    2. Its harder than acrylic. I love doing acrylic but hard gel I just found so much harder!

    3. Its super easy to file!

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Flash cure then try and pinch your C Curve

    2. It can heat spike very easily

    3. Be patient, hard gel is a complicated technique which can’t be mastered after one lesson

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Don’t be as hard on yourself as I am! Its never going to be perfect on your first attempt but keep practicing!

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      Penny

      Oh wow! I thought Hard gel was way harder than Acrylic, funny how we’re all so different!

  3. EmmaJane Casse

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1.my cuticle work, no flooding at cuticle

    2. My filing and shaping

    3. My beads, the right size.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1.remembering to put a thin coat all over when I need to reapply product

    2. Could still work on my apex & shape

    3. Could work on speed

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. The ease of doing them

    2. The strength of them

    3. How easily it slides around.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. To cure first for 10seconds

    2. To put your c curve in after your first cure

    3. Not to put to much product on

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    I love hard gel, it’s a great product to work with, can be fiddly but persistence pays off!

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      Penny

      Awesome, great work EJ!

  4. Anthea Whittle

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. The things I learned in the acrylic module served me well with hard gel especially with regard to structure
    2. Cuticle end application was still great with hard gel, the natural way it pools made that end of each nail easier
    3. “Train-tracks”

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Just how to work with the flow product, single colour extensions is pretty easy though once you get used to dragging the strings of product around
    2. Bubbles. I struggle with air in my hard gel
    3. Pooling- I kept finding the product was running off the free edge side walls

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Just how runny hard gel is. It’s definitely not hard in the pot!
    2. That picking up bubble-free beads is not as easy as it looks
    3. How lovely and shiny clear hard gel is

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Chasing the gel all around the form :/
    2. How smooth filing seems compared to acrylic
    3. How strong the structure of the nail feels when it’s complete

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Be patient but confident with your hard gel, I feel like it can sense weakness 😛

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      Penny

      Are the bubbles there when you open the pot?

  5. Gurinderjeet Kaur

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    After learning acrylics I think it seems easy now.

    1. Apex

    2. Structure

    3. Beads

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Bubbles (just saw a bubble in my ring finger lol

    2. Book lessons

    3. Bit hard to see the clear on the form when creating the free edge.

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. Can backfill with brush on gel only.

    2. Not much surface filing

    3. Honey consistency

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Flash cure

    2. Warn the clients about heat spikes,

    3. If you notice your client is bearing the pain of exothermic reaction, move the lamp away.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    Practice

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      Penny

      Hard Gel is definitely easy-ish if you’ve already mastered acrylic 🙂

  6. Carmen Christie

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1.No flooding of the cuticle

    2.Application was pretty good considering i hadnt even had a go before my first lesson

    3.I think my filing was so much better than when I first started with acrylics

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1.Ive struggled a bit with the clear gel seeing it on forms. So just making sure ive got enough gel down the side walls

    2.Picking up the bead.. Its more like lump that does what it wants.. lol

    3.Smile lines on the french

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1.How hard it is to see the clear gel on the forms

    2.How filing is so much easier and quicker than acrylics

    3.How strong they are

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1.Always remembering to advise client of exothermic reactions

    2.How much I enjoy doing these!!! 🙂

    3.Keeping always in my head to get the correct apex and getting it in the right place I tend to get it to far forward sometimes

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1.Keep going this is great fun!!

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      Penny

      Awesome work, and great self awareness re: apexes 🙂

  7. Jayde Kruskopf

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. filing

    2. thickness of hard gel

    3. prep

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. getting a good c curve

    2. ensuring there is a good apex

    3. making sure lower arches are present

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. how easy hard gel is to file

    2. that they are lighter than acrylics

    3. they are a file off product

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. to cure for 10 seconds and then pinch for the c-curve

    2. to only use a 180 grit file for surface and perimeter filing

    3. if the gel is too runny put it in the fridge, but if its too thick put ontop of a heat pack

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. lots of practise and patience! If you have done acrylic it is much much easier!!

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      Nicole Leatham

      Hi Jayde! Great stuff – I know you have progressed really well during this module & you should be super proud 🙂 As you say practise and patience is key! Well done
      ^Nicole

  8. Amy Kirikiri

    3 things I nailed
    -Picking up of the bead
    -avoiding bubbles
    -Time – working with the self settling product
    3 things to work on
    – timing it right for pinching
    – thickness
    – structure
    3 things that surprised me
    – How nice it is to work with
    – the ease of filing
    – the finish, just beautiful
    3 things I wont forget
    – The thicker the application, the more likely an exothermic reaction is
    – to talk to my client about exothermic reactions and what to do
    – not ideal if someone is in water a lot
    Advice – completely different to everything else, but fun to use!

    1. Mackenzie Dunn

      Hey Amy,
      Awesome work! Hard gel is so much fun 🙂

  9. Amy Kirikiri

    3 things I nailed
    -Placement of forms
    -picking up enough product
    -pinching
    3 things to work on
    -avoiding bubbles
    -structure (mostly i get this, but sometimes my timing is out and it self settles then im chasing product)!
    -avoiding the stickiness of the product
    3 things that surprised me
    -how beautiful a hard gel extension looks
    -the shaping that’s achievable with such a light product
    -my pinching is getting way better
    3 things i wont forget
    -pinching and when
    -form placement is hugely important with this product
    -needs a little more structure added for an extension but if you are good with timing, the structure can be lovely.
    Advice- i started a client on Hard Gel with extensions to about 5 of her nails. she now has all her own nails with just overlays – this product has been right for many of my ladies – trust the product and focus on nail prep – it will get you where you need to be with hard gel.

    1. Mackenzie Dunn

      I can totally relate to “running after the product” when trying to get your structure 😀
      Awesome Work!

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