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What exactly is Japanese Gel? Let’s identify the 5 Key features of Japanese gel!

Today, we will be going over what exactly are Japanese gels, specifically 5 key features, and an “insider's note” on gel polish.

Key feature #1

Japanese gels are professional gel formulas for manicures that are often found in pots/jars. Not exclusively, but in Japan, the brush-on gel polish type bottles are mostly for DIY’ers, so take note when choosing what products and services you are offering to your clients.

Key Feature #2

Japanese gels are as of this date, soak-off only, which means they are soft gel, not hard gel.

The most advanced technology in Japanese gel nail products is that they are able to provide strong adhesion and easy removals when soaking-off with acetone. However, for a technician who only efiles, these types of gels file like butter and unlike hard gels, they actually allow you to differentiate gel from the natural nail so that you can confidently file it down to the bone (the natural nail).

Key Feature #3

Japanese gels are advanced gel nail products that can be used not only for one color application but also for nail art, as they are highly pigmented. Japanese gel nail products use cosmetic grade pigments, not like many gel polishes, and therefore allow for single coat coverage and versatility to use in any of your painted or freehand nail art. That’s right! Without having to buy an extra set of “gel art” paints or gels.

Key Feature #4

Japanese gels offer a soak-off gel builder, and this characteristic is, in our opinion, revolutionary. Before, if you were wanting to remain specialized in the area of gel nails, and your client wanted longer natural nails or extensions you would have had to resource to a hard gel, non-soakable product. But not anymore. Japanese gel nail companies including Leafgel Premium have developed soak-off builder gels or semi-hard builder products that have the strength of the hard gel but without the bulk. Yes! That means you can actually build extensions with soft gel.

Key Feature #5

Japanese gels made in their native country of Japan go through strict inspections and oversight. They are typically also 5 free (Leafgel Premium is 10 free), and unlike many other products in the states, they are sold in “small batch” not mass production further establishing them as some of the most professional gel nail products in the market.

Bottom Line, with unparalleled adhesion, strength, and high shine finishes. Japanese gels are extremely professional gel nail products that last on nails withou chipping for 4+ weeks when applied properly!

So there you have them, the 5 key features to identify Japanese gels.

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