What Is a Gel Overlay Manicure?

A gel overlay manicure is a beauty procedure that applies a gel polish mixture over natural nails. Gel application is done in several fine layers. These layers serve as a strong shield that protects and strengthens natural nails.

Gel nail manicures are an alternative to the standard acrylic nail manicure. Gel mixtures are considered much safer and healthier for nails than hard acrylics. Nails done with gel overlays are dried quickly under a UV light nail dryer. The quick drying time is a pleasant surprise for many people that enjoy regular manicures.

Touching up and removing gel overlays is not easy to do at home. A professional manicurist uses a special gel removal system or a nail file to get the gel off.