I've been using IBD and I don't like it, it's rubbery no matter how long you cure it. Which brand is the best and the strongest?Gel nail technicians, which is the most durable, easy to work with gel brand?
I like Akzentz gels a lot. They are both durable, and quite workable as well. It's not all that expensive. But, like any good gel - it's not cheap either though not quite up in the LCN price range. Overall though, I find these gels to be a really good product line, they're affordable, and should you run into any problems with this line, help is only a phone call away. They are really good about training and support. Here is the company's web site if you are interested in finding out more.
Click on 'Distributors' to find someone in your area that sells this brand. As far as the curing problem goes:
- Are you using a really good quality 36 watt UV lamp (four 9 watt bulbs)? The cheaper ones often have problems with curing gels.
- Are you changing your bulbs on a regular basis - at least once every six months?
- And if so, are you using top quality bulbs? The best UV bulbs are sold by Sylvania, and Philips. This can make a huge difference in how well a gel cures. Cheap bulbs will usually not work well. They don't last long at all usually.
- Do you regularly clean the bulbs to remove dust? This can have an effect on the curing as well.
- Are you applying the gel too thick? This will have an effect on curing as well. Thick gel tends to cause heat spikes, and also not cure properly. Always better to work in thinner layers of gel, than with thick layers.
Here is a great technical brochure from Light Elegance, another gel company. It goes into all sorts of detail about UV bulbs, lamps, UV light intensity and more. Also covered are UV gel type comparisons, troubleshooting and so much more. I highly recommend reading it:
I hope this helps!