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Top 20 Gel Nails venues

Here is our pick for the top venues offering Gel Nails from around Australia.

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  1. The Queen Beauty and Massage
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    The Queen Beauty and Massage

    Suite 806 level 8 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Experience the ultimate relaxation with The Queen Beauty and Massage. Services include massage, eyelash extensions and facials to cater to all skin concerns.
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  2. Llume Skin Hair Body
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    Llume Skin Hair Body

    93 Orrong Crescent, Caulfield North 3161
    Llúme is an upmarket salon located in Alma Village in Melbourne’s Caulfield North providing a variety of hair and beauty services.
    (31)
  3. Two Birds Hair and Beauty Salon
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    Two Birds Hair and Beauty Salon

    147 Russell St, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Two Birds celebrates the art of living well. Enjoy life to its fullest and living in the moment whilst looking your best in the latest hair and makeup styles.
    (261)
  4. Dermal Boutique - Kogarah
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    Dermal Boutique - Kogarah

    2 55 President Avenue, Kogarah 2217
    Dermal Boutique is a Kogarah-based beauty and hair removal provider specialising in unisex waxing and skin treatments. Live your life hair-free and glowing thanks to their services.
    (41)
  5. Aloha Skin & Beauty
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    Aloha Skin & Beauty

    5 / 13 Robertson Road, Killarney Vale 2261
    Aloha Skin & Beauty is a Killarney Vale skin and beauty studio offering a variety of treatments to suit every skin.
    (21)
  6. Salon Oasis
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    Salon Oasis

    11/363 Hillsborough Road , Warners Bay 2282
    Relax, indulge and rejuvenate with Salon Oasis in Edgeworth. Choose from an array of pampering treatments including full body massage, deluxe mani or facial.
    (308)
  7. Mollyfuns Nail Art
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    Mollyfuns Nail Art

    Level 1, 241- 245 Lonsdale street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Mollyfuns Nail Art will customise each manicure and pedicure to the guests' unique needs. The experts offer impressive nail art design, and lash extensions.
    (6)
  8. Greville Nails
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    Greville Nails

    124 Greville Street, Prahran 3181
    Greville Nails is a boutique nail salon located in Prahran. The expert team are consummate professionals, consistently delivering high-quality manicures and pedicures.
    (17)
  9. Julex Nail Spa - Prahran
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    Julex Nail Spa - Prahran

    514 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181
    For the smartest nails in Prahran, book in for a mani or a pedi at Julex Nail Spa. Get perfect nails with polish, Shellac gel, acrylics or an SNS dip powder.
    (27)
  10. Modern Nails Brunswick
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    Modern Nails Brunswick

    134 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
    Feel amazing from top to toe with Modern Nails Brunswick. From acrylic colour, to Bio Sculpture gel, waxing and eyelash extensions, they're experts in beauty.
    (57)
  11. Chapel's Beauty Salon
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    Chapel's Beauty Salon

    91 Chapel Street, Windsor 3181
    Visit Chapel's Beauty Salon, and be pampered to perfection with an exceptional range of services to highlight your natural beauty and boost your confidence.
    (96)
  12. Coco Nails - South Yarra
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    Coco Nails - South Yarra

    Shop 2, 53-61 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
    Transform your nails from boring to breath taking with Coco Nails! You'll find all your favourites including SNS, acrylic, gel, and eyelash extensions, too.
    (50)
  13. The Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington
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    The Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington

    Shop 6, 211 Main Street, Mornington 3931
    Overhaul your look with The Nail, Hair and Beauty Room. Choose from nail treatments, waxing, hair colouring, and more.
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  14. Ivy Hairdressing & Beauty Salon
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    Ivy Hairdressing & Beauty Salon

    19 55 George Street, Parramatta 2150
    The guys at Ivy Hairdressing in Parramatta are committed to creating individual and unique looks, injecting passion and flair into each cut and colour.
    (73)
  15. Absolute Hair Design
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    Absolute Hair Design

    1/20 New South Head Road, Edgecliff 2027
    Catering to Sydney's elite clientele, the highly skilled professionals at Absolute Hair Design will deliver an exceptional high-end experience.
    (53)
  16. Absolutely Polished Nails
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    Absolutely Polished Nails

    29 / 31 Somerset Place, Little Bourke St., Melbourne CBD 3000
    Are your hands or feet in need of TLC, head straight over to Absolutely Polished Nails, Melbourne CBD. This award-winning nail salon has everything you need.
    (85)
  17. Nail Paradise
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    Nail Paradise

    Shop 4/ 332 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204
    Enjoy a relaxing mani or pedi at Nail Paradise. The company offers services including shellac, nails, nail art, gel nails, eyebrow waxing, tints, and more.
    (14)
  18. Takumimo Salon
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    Takumimo Salon

    Shop 5/69-71 Mitchell Street, Darwin CBD 0800
    Itching for a makeover? Overdue for a pampering? Head to Takumimo Salon on Mitchell Street in Darwin for all your nails, lashes and beauty needs!
    (2)
  19. Beauty & I
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    Beauty & I

    Shop 188, 569 George Street , Sydney CBD 2000
    Beauty & I is a hidden little gem. Pamper yourself with a manicure, pedicure or glamorous eyelash extensions.
    (11)
  20. Sugared + Bronzed
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    Sugared + Bronzed

    40 Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf & Bay Streets, Tweed Heads 2485
    Sugar + Bronzed in Tweed Mall has got all your beauty services sorted. For facials, lash/brow treatments and massages, book online with Bookwell.
    (35)

Gel Nails

There are so many fabulous nail treatments to choose from these days, it can get a little confusing. Acrylics, Gel Nails, Shellac - what's the difference? Let's find out.

Both acrylic and Gel Nails are basically fake nails placed on top of your own. They can be used to extend the nail and give it extra strength. But they are very different in terms of application and use.

Shellac is neither acrylic nor gel. It is actually a blend of gel and nail polish. It can't be used to extend your nail, but it does give you excellent durability.

Teething Problems

Gel nails probably first appeared in the United States in the 1980s. At that time, however, the idea didn't really catch on. This was largely due to problems with the lights used to set the gel.

There was little training available and, if done incorrectly, the process could leave both client and nail technician with burnt fingertips. Making matters worse, home-use ­systems were also introduced, which did nothing to improve the product's reputation.

One decade and a whole lot of research later, gel nails were back. By 2010, well over half of salons offered this as a service and today, well, it's available everywhere.

What is Gel?

These days, however, gel nails come in many forms, including 3-D gels, polish-gel hybrids, soak-off gels and more. In its most basic form, gel is a semi-solid mix of monomers and oligomers that harden to a polymer when exposed to UVA light.

The gel contains photoinitiators - to absorb the light, stabilisers - to prevent discolouration and pigments - to give it colour. Interestingly, it's the pigments that required the most research. Some colours, like white, reflect the UVA light while others, like black, absorb it. This means the nail technician must set the light correctly for best results.

Advantages of Gel Nails

Gel Nails offer many advantages over some other nail treatments. They set faster, last longer and are easier to remove. They give a glossy but natural look, and they are more flexible than acrylic nails.

Hybrid brush-on gel polishes are the latest innovation, combining the best of all worlds. They go on as easily as nail polish and soak off faster than traditional gels. They also give you the durability of gel nails.

The main difference between nail polish and gel nails is that durability. Nail polish contains mostly nitrocellulose resin, which will scratch off. Gel nails use urethanes, which offer excellent scratch resistance.

Weighing It Up

Gel nails are applied in much the same way as nail polish, with a base coat, colour and then top coat. Each coat has to be cured under the UVA light. Properly applied, gel nails are as strong as acrylic but not as thick, so they look more natural.

Cost-wise, gel nails work out about the same as acrylics but bear in mind that you can keep acrylics going with cheaper monthly infills. Soak-off gels last up to 14 days.

When you're choosing a nail treatment, consider your lifestyle. If your nails are in and out of water all day, the gel would be the better option. Because it sticks like a nail polish it's better at resisting water. Acrylics can start lifting if subjected to too much water.

Are Gel Nails Safe?

You may be wondering if the use of UVA light to cure your gel nails is dangerous. Certainly, there have been many debates on the subject. There is no evidence to suggest that having regular gel nail treatments will give you skin cancer. The US Skin Cancer Foundation looked into this and said the risk was far lower than that presented by tanning devices.

If you are concerned, however, you could apply sunscreen to your hands before your nail treatment. Try and avoid applying it to the nails themselves.

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