Choose from Three Options
- $20 for one gel manicure ($35 value)
- $30 for one classic mani-pedi ($55 value)
- $38 for a gel manicure and classic pedicure ($70 value)
Gel Polish: An Indestructible Allure
Select salons offer gel polish, which can last—chip-free—for weeks. Read on for our look at this resilient manicure style.
OPI gel polish can last up to 14 days—336 hours—without a chip or smudge. The formula itself is a hybrid of regular and gel nail polish, combining the thick, durable layers of gel with the easy, brush-on application of ordinary lacquer. Between each of four coats, a special, low-watt UV lamp cured the coat, hardening it and leaving it dry within seconds. After a single appointment, customers could leave the salon with a gleaming manicure that could last for weeks.
Available in more than 45 shades, gel polish is no longer new technology, but only trained technicians in a certified salon are eligible to apply it. The UV curing process—safe for the skin—is so effective that certain polishes must be removed at the salon using strong acetone, most often by slipping a special soaking pad over each finger for a few minutes. Although the polish may not last on dry or flaky nails, healthy fingers generally retain their shine, only losing their color as the roots of new nails start to grow in from the cuticle.