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  1. Absolutely Polished NailsAbsolutely Polished Nails
    29 / 31 Somerset Place, Little Bourke St., Melbourne CBD 3000
  2. Arbour Nail Lounge & BarArbour Nail Lounge & Bar
    Shop 2, 746 Brunswick Street, New Farm 4005
  3. Bella Nails Australia FairBella Nails Australia Fair
    Shop G044 61 Scarborough Street, Southport 4215
  4. Nail ParadiseNail Paradise
    Shop 4/ 332 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204
  5. Signature Nail Designs PananiaSignature Nail Designs Panania
    182a Tower Street (located within Beauty Spot Salon), Panania 2213
  6. AKI's Perfect 10 Warringah MallAKI's Perfect 10 Warringah Mall
    145 Old Pittwater Road (Shop 168A Ground Floor Westfield Warring Mall) (Next to DAVID JONES & CITY BEACH), Brookvale 2100
  7. Excel Nails - North TerraceExcel Nails - North Terrace
    Shop 3 (inside the New Royal Adelaide Hospital), North Terrace, Station Arcade 5000
  8. Excel Nails - NorwoodExcel Nails - Norwood
    154 The Parade, Norwood 5067
  9. Allechante Nails & BeautyAllechante Nails & Beauty
    2/414 Toorak Rd, Toorak 3142
  10. Yantis Hair and NailsYantis Hair and Nails
    830 2/830 Anzac Parade, Maroubra 2035
  11. Coco Nails - South YarraCoco Nails - South Yarra
    Shop 2, 53-61 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
  12. Holistic Massage & AcupunctureHolistic Massage & Acupuncture
    Shop 5044, Westfield Parramatta 159-175 Church St (next to coles Level 5), Parramatta 2150
  13. Hair on BridgeHair on Bridge
    289 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
  14. Pure Beauty By JennyPure Beauty By Jenny
    865 High Street, Thornbury 3071
  15. Cheveux By EllyCheveux By Elly
    1299 Logan Road, Mount Gravatt 4122
  16. Mollyfuns Nail ArtMollyfuns Nail Art
    level 1, 241- 245 Lonsdale street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  17. Nature Country Nails & LashesNature Country Nails & Lashes
    1 225 Chapel Street (within Cosimo Hair Studio), Prahran 3181
  18. Grace and Joy Nail Hair Beauty SalonGrace and Joy Nail Hair Beauty Salon
    725 Nicholson Street, Carlton North 3054
  19. Salute BeautySalute Beauty
    Shop 8/34-38 Siganto Drive , Helensvale 4212
  20. Two Birds Hair and Beauty SalonTwo Birds Hair and Beauty Salon
    147 Russell St, Melbourne CBD 3000
  21. Stunning Nails Hair and BeautyStunning Nails Hair and Beauty
    1198 Glenhuntly Road, Glen Huntly 3163
  22. FE BeautyFE Beauty
    714 High Street (Inside Salon Mio), Armadale 3143
  23. Jewels Beauty & HairJewels Beauty & Hair
    2 / 213-215 Universal Street, Oxenford 4210
  24. Jade NailsJade Nails
    12 / 48 Alfred Street South, Milsons Point 2061
  25. Ryota Hair SalonRyota Hair Salon
    1 105 Albert Street, Brisbane CBD 4000
  26. Kalon BeautKalon Beaut
    17 Dennis Road, Springwood 4127
  27. The Nail and Beauty Room - Chelsea HeightsThe Nail and Beauty Room - Chelsea Heights
    Market 279 Wells Road, Chelsea Heights 3196
  28. Julex Nail SpaJulex Nail Spa
    514 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181
  29. Melbourne NailsMelbourne Nails
    137 Victoria St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, Melbourne CBD 3000
  30. Golden Nails Care - AltonaGolden Nails Care - Altona
    21 Harrington Square, Altona 3018
  31. Golden Nails Care - RichmondGolden Nails Care - Richmond
    164 Bridge Rd,, Richmond 3121
  1. Dashing NailsDashing Nails
    1025 High Street, Armadale 3143
  2. The Super Rad Nail SistersThe Super Rad Nail Sisters
    322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065
  3. The Nail LabThe Nail Lab
    Shop 1 / 330 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst 2010
  4. Posh Nail & SpaPosh Nail & Spa
    33 Hutchinson Street, Lilydale 3140
  5. Miami NailsMiami Nails
    704 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124
  6. Lovely NailsLovely Nails
    Shop 6 242 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick 3185
  7. Wow NailsWow Nails
    Shop 2 / 521 Toorak Rd, Toorak 3142
  8. Fresh Nails - Neutral BayFresh Nails - Neutral Bay
    Big Bear Shopping Centre 116 Military Road, Neutral Bay 2089
  9. Essential Shine BeautyEssential Shine Beauty
    90B Balwyn Road, Balwyn 3103
  10. Toorak NailsToorak Nails
    Shop 12 / 501 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142
  11. Jenn Amys NailsJenn Amys Nails
    317 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185
  12. Boutique Nails and BeautyBoutique Nails and Beauty
    1 Railway Walk South, Hampton 3188
  13. Timeless Nails & BeautyTimeless Nails & Beauty
    103 Maling Road, Canterbury 3126
  14. Windsor Nails & BeautyWindsor Nails & Beauty
    164 Chapel Street, Windsor 3181
  15. Happy Nail South YarraHappy Nail South Yarra
    Shop 13 37 Chambers Street, South Yarra 3141
  16. Amore Nails & Beauty SalonAmore Nails & Beauty Salon
    20 Hewish Road, Croydon 3136
  17. Q & H NailsQ & H Nails
    Shop 2 / 44 Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  18. Venus Nails SalonVenus Nails Salon
    349-351 Chapel Street, South Yarra 3141
  19. Texas NailsTexas Nails
    1240 High Street, Armadale 3143
  20. L2 Nail & Beauty SalonL2 Nail & Beauty Salon
    265B Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144
  21. Auburn Beauty TherapyAuburn Beauty Therapy
    138 Auburn Road, Hawthorn 3122
  22. Port Melbourne Nails and BeautyPort Melbourne Nails and Beauty
    Shop 3 158 Bay Street, Port Melbourne 3207
  23. Opulence Nails - LilydaleOpulence Nails - Lilydale
    309 Main Street, Lilydale 3140
  24. Swan Nail and Foot SpaSwan Nail and Foot Spa
    230 Swan Street, Richmond 3121
  25. Jade Nail SalonJade Nail Salon
    473 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185
  26. Love NailsLove Nails
    Shop T38 / 33 Hutchinson St, Lilydale 3140
  27. Fresh Nails - HawthornFresh Nails - Hawthorn
    769b Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122
  28. Octave Nails - HeidelbergOctave Nails - Heidelberg
    Shop 5b, Warringal Shopping Centre, 56 Burgundy Street , Heidelberg 3084
  29. M.A.I. Nails & FootspaM.A.I. Nails & Footspa
    331 High Street, Northcote 3070
  30. Nail AffairNail Affair
    The Well at Camberwell Shop 102, 793 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124
  31. All Star NailsAll Star Nails
    3a 323 Chapel Street , Prahran 3181
  32. Five Star NailsFive Star Nails
    126 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
  33. Criss-Cross Nails And BeautyCriss-Cross Nails And Beauty
    507 Highett Road, Highett 3190
  34. Monstera Nails & SpaMonstera Nails & Spa
    5/63 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 3182
  35. Pearl Nails And BeautyPearl Nails And Beauty
    261 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3065
  36. Camberwell NailsCamberwell Nails
    517 Riversdale Road, Camberwell 3124
  37. Coco Nails - CamberwellCoco Nails - Camberwell
    5 Cookson Street, Camberwell 3124
  38. Elwood Classy Nails & SpaElwood Classy Nails & Spa
    137 Ormond Road, Elwood 3184
  39. Lexi NailsLexi Nails
    167 Elgin Street, Carlton 3053
  40. Passion Nails & WaxingPassion Nails & Waxing
    2A Mills Street, Hampton 3188
  41. Envy Nails & LashesEnvy Nails & Lashes
    Shop G02 / 390 High St, Northcote 3070
  42. Fantastic NailsFantastic Nails
    135 Mentone Parade, Mentone 3194
  43. Sunny Rose Nails & BeautySunny Rose Nails & Beauty
    175 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3065
  44. Mekong NailsMekong Nails
    430 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
  45. Bebe Nails and BeautyBebe Nails and Beauty
    53 Florence Street, Mentone 3194
  46. Bat Your LashBat Your Lash
    109 Greville Street, Prahran 3181
  47. Peony Shine BeautyPeony Shine Beauty
    553 Highett Road, Highett 3190
  48. Flora Nail CareFlora Nail Care
    194 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  49. U & I Hair, Nail, and BeautyU & I Hair, Nail, and Beauty
    1368 Toorak Road, Camberwell 3124
  50. Hollywood Nails - BrunswickHollywood Nails - Brunswick
    Shop B4, Barkley Square Shopping Centre 90-106 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
  51. Eciencia Nail & BeautyEciencia Nail & Beauty
    70 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North 3104
  52. Happy Nail Salon - BrunswickHappy Nail Salon - Brunswick
    423 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
  53. Little Kimmy's Nails & BeautyLittle Kimmy's Nails & Beauty
    290A Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
  54. Hollywood Nails - Victoria GardensHollywood Nails - Victoria Gardens
    S23/620 Victoria St, Richmond 3121
  55. Odyssey Nails - Victoria GardensOdyssey Nails - Victoria Gardens
    Shop SP048/ 620 Victoria Street, Richmond 3121
  56. Salon Le NailsSalon Le Nails
    105 Canterbury Road, Blackburn 3130
  57. Nail RushNail Rush
    193 Barkly St,, St Kilda 3182
  58. Pink FridayPink Friday
    55 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood 3184

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.