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Definition of Gel (Gel Nails)

  1. Often referred to as not being “acrylic”, when in fact they are based on both the methacrylate and the acrylate family, and are indeed acrylic. Gels are made by pre-joining monomers into short chains called oligomers. Oligomers are single chains that are several thousand monomers long. These oligomers are then cured (hardened to create rigid surface coatings) by exposure to ultra violet light. (No-lite gels are simply a thickened cyanoacrylate in a “gel type” form, and should not be confused with U-V light cured gel nail; technology.) Gel also refers to a high viscosity (thick) liquid, as in “gel type” nail adhesives.

Added to the Nail Glossary on November 10, 2016

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