As someone who has been working in the nail industry for a while now, I’ve come across a lot of different products and techniques. One of the most recent innovations I’ve been experimenting with is the “slip solution” for polygel nails. This liquid is used to make the polygel more pliable and easy to work with, and it has quickly become a go-to tool for many nail technicians.
The specific ingredients of a slip solution can vary depending on the brand and formulation, but generally, slip solutions contain a combination of isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, and water.
In this article, I’ll be breaking down the slip solution, how it works, and why it benefits those working with polygel.
What is a Slip Solution?
The slip solution is a liquid used with polygel to enhance its application and performance. It is applied to the nails before applying the polygel to improve the gel’s ability to glide over the nails, making the application process smoother and more precise.
The solution is an essential component of polygel application, as it helps to improve the control and precision of the application process, resulting in a more professional-looking result. It also helps to improve the adhesion of the polygel to the nails, making it stronger and more durable.
Properties of Slip Solution
The properties of slip solution are critical in determining the effectiveness of its use in polygel application. Slip solution is not just any ordinary solution; it is a specialized solution designed specifically for use with polygel.
Understanding its composition, consistency, pH level, and viscosity is crucial in determining how well it will work for a particular application. These properties affect the application process and the result, so it is important to understand them thoroughly to get the most out of using slip solutions.
The composition of slip solution typically includes ingredients such as alcohol, propylene glycol, and water. Other ingredients, such as pH balancers or viscosity modifiers, may also be added to improve the solution’s performance.
The consistency of the slip solution is typically thin and liquid, making it easy to apply to the nails.
The pH level of the slip solution is typically around 7, which is neutral. This helps prevent damage to the natural nails during the application process.
The viscosity of the slip solution is typically low, making it easy to apply to the nails and ensuring that the polygel glides over the nails smoothly.
How to Use Slip Solution
Using slip solution in polygel application is a simple process, but it is essential to follow the correct steps for best results.
Preparing the nails
Before applying the slip solution, the nails should be cleaned and dehydrated to ensure that the polygel adheres appropriately.
Applying the Slip Solution
The slip solution is typically applied to the nails using a brush or dropper. It should be applied in a thin layer and allowed to dry before applying the polygel.
Applying the Polygel
Once the slip solution has dried, the polygel can be applied to the nails using a brush or spatula. The polygel should be applied in thin layers, and each layer should be cured before applying the next.
Curing the Polygel
The polygel should be cured using a UV or LED lamp, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Tips for Using the Slip Solution Effectively
To ensure that the slip solution is used effectively, it should be applied in a thin layer and allowed to dry completely before applying the polygel. The brush or dropper used to apply the slip solution should also be cleaned between uses to prevent any contamination.
Additionally, it is important to shake the bottle of slip solution before use to ensure an even consistency. This will prevent any separation or clumping of the solution, which can affect the application and the final result.
Using a small amount of slip solution on each nail is also recommended, as too much can cause the polygel to slide or slip during the curing process. This could result in a less-than-perfect finish. It is best to start with a small amount and add more if needed.
Finally, it is crucial to be mindful of the curing time for the slip solution and the polygel. Over-curing or under-curing can affect the final result and cause the polygel to crack, peel or lift. As such, it is recommended to use a UV or LED lamp specifically designed with polygel to ensure the proper curing time.
Advantages of Using Slip Solution
Using slip solution in polygel application offers several advantages, enhancing the overall result and making the application process more manageable. Understanding these advantages and how they can be achieved is crucial in getting the most out of using slip solution.
Enhanced Control During Application
The slip solution helps improve the application process’s control and precision, resulting in a more professional-looking end result.
The slip solution improves the adhesion of the polygel to the nails, making it stronger and more durable.
Reduced Filing and Filing Time
The slip solution helps to reduce the amount of filing and filing time required, as the polygel glides over the nails more smoothly.
Strengthening of the Polygel
The slip solution can also help to strengthen the polygel, making it more resistant to chipping and breaking.
Substitutes for Slip Solution
Slip solution is the most effective product for working with acrylic powders and gels, but if you don’t have it on hand, there are several alternatives that can help you achieve a smooth and even application:
- Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA): IPA is a common substitute for slip solution. It helps to moisten the nail surface and make it easier to work with. You can mix a small amount of IPA with acrylic powder or gel to help it spread smoothly, or you can spray some directly onto the brush to prevent it from sticking. I recommend using 70% (or slightly higher) as 90% and above is a bit high and can make it difficult to sculpt, but will work in a pinch.
- Water: Water can also be used as an alternative to slip solution, although it’s not as effective. You can dip your brush into a cup of water to help prevent it from sticking to the acrylic powder or gel.
- Non-Acetone: When used correctly Non-acetone remover can be used as a substitute for slip solution. It doesn’t evaporate anywhere near as quickly as the other options and is cheaper than slip solution.
- Gel Residue Remover: Gel residue remover is another great alternative that can help to moisten the nail surface and make it easier to work with. However, it’s important to choose a residue remover that doesn’t contain acetone, as acetone can damage the nails and cuticles.
- Brush Cleaner: If you have a brush cleaner on hand, you can use it as an alternative to slip solution. Brush cleaner is designed to dissolve and remove product buildup on brushes, so it can help to prevent the brush from sticking to the acrylic powder or gel.
Myths About Using Slip Solution For Polygel?
There are several myths surrounding the use of slip solution in polygel applications that can lead to confusion and incorrect usage. Clearing up these misconceptions is vital in ensuring that slip solution is used correctly and effectively to achieve the best results with polygel.
Myth 1: Slip solution is not necessary for polygel application
While it is true that polygel can be applied without a slip solution, it does not mean it is unnecessary. Slip solution is an important tool that can help to improve the control and precision of the application process, resulting in a more professional-looking result.
Myth 2: Slip solution can be used as a substitute for primer
While slip solution is applied to the nails before applying polygel, it is not a substitute for primer. Primer is used to dehydrate the nails, while slip solution is used to enhance the application of the polygel. Both products serve different purposes and should not be used interchangeably.
Myth 3: Slip solution will weaken the strength of the polygel
On the contrary, slip solution can actually help to strengthen the polygel by improving its adhesion to the nails. This can prevent lifting and chipping, resulting in longer-lasting nails.
Myth 4: Slip solution is only used for sculpting nails
Slip solution can be used for both sculpting nails and overlay application. It can be used to enhance the control and precision of the application process in both methods.
Myth 5: Slip solution is only for professional use
Both professional and at-home users can use slip solution. It is easy to use and can enhance the application of polygel for professionals and DIY enthusiasts.
Overall, the slip solution is an essential tool for achieving perfect nails with polygel. Whether you are a professional nail technician or a DIY enthusiast, it is vital to understand its properties, how to use it effectively, and the advantages it offers. With the continued growth in the popularity of polygel, we can expect to see more advancements in slip solution technology in the future.