What Are Gel Nail Extensions?

Getting gel nail extensions is a process that involves hard gel built on a natural nail and cured with UV light. Then, the manicurist uses a nail form, which is a sticker that goes under the free edge (the tip) of the nail, to extend the length of the nail. 

Top manicurists like Davis and Seney also rely on a newer method. “It’s an already shaped full soft gel nail tip that you secure on the natural nail with gel,” explains Davis. They come in different sizes and shapes, like stiletto, round, coffin, and square. As it doesn’t need filling, it’s even quicker than the actual gel extension building.

The only prerequisite is that your nails can’t be bitten to the quick. “For a gel extension, your nail needs to have a little length, not a ton but just a bit,” says Davis. “If your nails are too short, there isn’t anything for the extension to stick to.”

Pros and Cons


  • Long and strong nails
  • Lightweight nail tips
  • An easier and quicker removal process
  • Safer and healthier than acrylic nails1


  • Can weaken nails over time2
  • Might not work well on too short nails

How Are Gel Nail Extensions Applied?

  1. Whether using pre-shaped gel nail extensions or creating them, the nail technician must first prepare the nails (i.e., file, clean, and buff your nails).
  2. Then, the expert applies a form underneath the natural nail to create the length one by one with a gel builder, a gel primer, and a gel top coat, letting them dry under the LED or UV light. If a pre-shaped kit like Apres Gel X is used, Seney explains: “The second step, I use a bonder (this dries your nails) and a primer (this makes your nails sticky) so the gel can stick to it,” she says. “All these products come with the kit.”
  3. “Third, I apply a layer of gel to the nails and let it dry in light for about 60 seconds,” Seney adds. “After choosing which size fits the client’s actual nail, I apply the gel to the inside of the gel extension and place it on the actual nail. Now it’s time to press down and hold, then sit in the UV light for 60 seconds.” Poof! Nails are ready for your favorite polish and nail art.
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