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Top 20 Gel Nail Salons
Here is our pick for the top salons offering gel nails

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  1. Llume Skin Hair Body

    Llume Skin Hair Body

    93 Orrong Crescent, Caulfield North 3161
    (104)
    Llúme is an upmarket salon located in Alma Village in Melbourne’s Caulfield North providing a variety of hair and beauty services.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  2. 5% off all services
    Takumimo Salon

    Takumimo Salon

    Shop 5/69-71 Mitchell Street, Darwin CBD 0800
    (18)
    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!
    Next available: Today 10:30 AM
    5% off all services
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  3. Salon Oasis

    Salon Oasis

    11/363 Hillsborough Road , Warners Bay 2282
    (1095)
    Relax, indulge and rejuvenate with Salon Oasis in Warners Bay. Choose from an array of pampering treatments including full body massage, deluxe mani or facial.
    Next available: Mon, 26 of Jul
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  4. Greville Nails

    Greville Nails

    124 Greville Street, Prahran 3181
    (64)
    Greville Nails is a boutique nail salon located in Prahran. The expert team are consummate professionals, consistently delivering high-quality manicures and pedicures.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  5. Sugared + Bronzed - Tweed Heads/Coolangatta

    Sugared + Bronzed - Tweed Heads/Coolangatta

    40 Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf & Bay Streets, Tweed Heads 2485
    (51)
    Sugar + Bronzed in Tweed Mall has got all your beauty services sorted. For facials, lash/brow treatments and massages, book online with Bookwell.
    Next available: Mon, 26 of Jul
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  6. Absolutely Polished

    Absolutely Polished

    29 / 31 Somerset Place, Little Bourke St., Melbourne CBD 3000
    (118)
    Are your hands or feet in need of TLC, head straight over to Absolutely Polished, Melbourne CBD. This award-winning nail salon has everything you need.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  7. 15% off selected services
    The Queen Total Beauty

    The Queen Total Beauty

    Suite 806, Level 8 / 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    (189)
    Experience the ultimate relaxation with The Queen Beauty and Massage. Services include massage, eyelash extensions and facials to cater to all skin concerns.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
    15% off selected services
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  8. The Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington

    The Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington

    Shop 6 / 211 Main Street, Mornington 3931
    (92)
    Overhaul your look with The Nail, Hair and Beauty Room. Choose from nail treatments, waxing, hair colouring, and more.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  9. Bella Nails Australia Fair

    Bella Nails Australia Fair

    Shop G044 / 61 Scarborough Street, Southport 4215
    (93)
    Bella Nails is the go-to for all your manicure and pedicure needs. Pop in for a quick polish, or stay longer and treat yourself to an indulgent spa pedicure.
    Next available: Mon, 26 of Jul
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  10. Coco Nails - South Yarra

    Coco Nails - South Yarra

    Shop 2 / 53-61 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
    (110)
    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.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  11. Glitzy Glam Beauty Salon

    Glitzy Glam Beauty Salon

    Shop 3 970 Logan Rd, Holland Park West 4121
    (25)
    Glitzy Glam Beauty Salon is dedicated to your beauty. Her one-stop shop for all beauty needs, offering threading, waxing, facials and nail treatments.
    Next available: Tue, 27 of Jul
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  12. Chapel's Beauty Salon

    Chapel's Beauty Salon

    81A Chapel Street, Windsor 3181
    (161)
    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.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  13. Be Dazzled Nails

    Be Dazzled Nails

    Tennant Creek, Tennant Creek 0860
    For vibrant nail art and quality nail treatments in Tennant Creek, look no further than the friendly professionals at Be Dazzled Nails on Ambrose Street!
    Next available: Today 9:00 AM
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  14. Nail Paradise

    Nail Paradise

    Shop 4 / 332 Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204
    (28)
    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.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  15. Delax Beauty

    Delax Beauty

    7/407 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley 3149
    (55)
    For rejuvenating nail treatments, facials and other beauty services, look no further than the experts at Delax Beauty, on Blackburn Road in Mount Waverley.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  16. Peninsula Radiance Beauty

    Peninsula Radiance Beauty

    24 Victoria Street, Hastings 3915
    (27)
    A well-deserved pampering from the friendly professionals at Peninsula Radiance Beauty on Victoria Street in Hastings will do you a world of good!
    Next available: Thu, 29 of Jul
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  17. Pure Intentions Beauty

    Pure Intentions Beauty

    33 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood 3134
    (68)
    Pure Intentions Beauty is a specialist beauty clinic offering beauty treatments in a chic clinic in Ringwood.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  18. Luxuria Salon

    Luxuria Salon

    152B Springfield Road, Blackburn North 3130
    (1)
    Transform or refresh your look with Luxuria Salon. Offering everything from beautiful style cuts, to amazing colour, threading and lash and brow treatments.
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  19. Golden Nails Care - Heidelberg

    Golden Nails Care - Heidelberg

    180 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg 3084
    (14)
    Golden Nails Care on Burgundy Street is your go-to destination for top-notch nail, lash, brow and waxing treatments in Heidelberg. Book online now.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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  20. Your Time Beauty

    Your Time Beauty

    163 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds 3039
    (46)
    Your Time Beauty in Moonee Ponds is your go-to when you need some ‘me time’ in the form of massage, waxing, facials, lash and brow maintenance and spa packages.
    Next available: Wed, 28 of Jul
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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.