Here is a list of our most frequently asked and answered questions. Still have a question? Please do not hesitate to contact BSG directly for further information!
Q: What is gel polish and how is it different from regular nail polish?
A: Just like regular nail polish, gel polish can be applied to either natural nails, artificial nails or even acrylic nails. Gel polish comes in a base, colour and top coat.
However, gel polish has many more advantages!
Gel polish cures (dries) instantly from 30 seconds to 2 minutes under a professional UV/LED lamp. There is no more dry time or smudges. Gel polish does not air dry, it must be cured under UV/LED light to harden.
Gel polish is designed to be durable and more suitable for the busy everyday life. Professional gel polishes should last 2+ weeks with no chips, lifts or cracks.
Gel polish requires a “soak-off” removal. Unlike regular nail polish, you must “soak” the gel polished nails in professional acetone then remove by gently pushing off loosened gel.
Lastly, GEL POLISH is the product – NOT a brand name! Just like every beauty cosmetic, there are different gel polish brands with different benefits and drawbacks. We highly do not recommend using unknown gel polishes. Do not deprive yourself of proper nail education and care.
Q: Now more importantly, how is Bio Seaweed Gel (BSG) different than other gel brands?
A: BSG is the healthier professional gel choice. Regardless of the frequency of wear, BSG does not damage the natural nails. In fact, BSG is formulated to promote natural nail growth and shine. With zero dehydration, staining or weakening, Bio Seaweed Gel will last 2+ weeks for healthier, high shine chip-free nails.
All our products are:
Big-7 Free: No Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, BHA, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor or Solvents. Vegan Friendly and Cruelty-Free
BSG is odourless, dustless and safe for all ages.
Easiest prep and application:
Absolutely no sanding, drilling, primers or bonders required on the natural nails.
Do not need to rough up the nails for a better adhesion.
Do not need any additional products for better adhesion.
Just wipe manicured/pedicured nails with 70/99% alcohol and directly apply BSG.
Industry record 5 minute soak-off removal:
The removal process is key to how a gel polish will impact your nails; a hard removal is not only time consuming but damaging! Always use professional acetone to remove, follow proper steps and never peel the gel off prematurely.
Q: What is the full BSG product line?
A: We offer the entire Professional Gel System, from Gel Polishes to Sculpting Gels to state of the art LED/UV Lamps. Our gel products are designed for natural nails, artificial tip extensions and pure gel sculptured extensions.
Q: What is the difference between 3STEP Colour and UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish?
A: 3STEP Colour Gel Polish is the traditional colour gel that requires use with both BSG Base and Top Gel Polish, regardless for hands or toes.
UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish has base, colour, top and nail strengthener all-in-one bottle. This unique formula combines 4 products into one bottle. UNITY cures to the touch with no sticky residue, so there is no need to wipe with alcohol to remove sticky inhibition layer.
Both colour lines are smooth to apply, self-levelling with no shrinkage. Ideal for nail art and design and just overall user-friendly, professional application. 3STEP and UNITY offer different colour selections, with a combined 250+ colour choices. New colours added every season.
Q: How do I use UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish?
A: UNITY is versatile and tailored to different nail health and lifestyles. Even with the all-in-one formula, you still have the option to add BSG Base and/or Top Gel Polishes for extra strengthen and longer-lasting shine.
General guidelines on how to use UNITY:
Always no base or top. Cures to the touch with no sticky inhibition layer, so no alcohol wipe needed.
Begin with BSG Base Gel Polish for extra strengthening. Ideal for weak, brittle nails and nail biters AND/OR finish with BSG Top Gel Polish for a longer-lasting shine.
Q: What is UNITY’s SolarCure?
A: UNITY is the first and only true colour gel polish that can be cured to the touch in direct sunlight. This advanced SolarCure technology means that even if you do not own a UV or LED light, you can still get all the amazing benefits of a gel polish with just a bottle of UNITY and the SUN! BSG No-Wipe Top Gel Polish also cures to the touch in direct sunlight. Use together for a longer-lasting gel wear with no lamps needed.
Q: What are the PHASES Colour Change Gel Polishes?
A: PHASES is the newest addition to the BSG Colour Lines. Colour changes instantly from one colour to another in hot and cold temperatures. Always use with BSG Base and Top Gel.
Q: What is the Sculpting Gel System?
A: The Sculpting Gels are in jars, thicker than the gel polishes and are applied with our BSG Gel Brush. Professionally build strong and natural looking artificial and sculptured tip extensions. The Sculpting Gels are also ideal for use on weaker natural nails and offer a flexible, non-yellowing and odourless application and removal. The formula is Self-leveling for the simplest yet impressive modern nail enhancements. The full Sculpting Gel System is available in Base, Rose Base, Clear Builder, Pink Builder and Top.
Ask about our SculpTips (patent-pending) for a healthier, no glue or plastic, pure gel extensions!
Q: What is the difference between all four types of BSG Base and Top Gel Polishes?
A: The original No-Sanding Base is applied directly to natural nails, artificial tip or sculptured extensions with no heavy drilling, sanding, primers or bonders required. Enriched with minerals and vitamins to promote natural nail growth and shine.
Base-1 Gel Polish has all the benefits of the original No-Sanding Base with added strength for clients with weaker, damaged nails. Created to repair and hydrate natural nails that need extra TLC.
The original Diamond Shine Top Gel Polish provides a brilliant high shine finish. This scratch-resistant coat provides a hard as diamonds finish that will not dull out. Wipe nails with 70/99% alcohol to remove sticky residue after curing.
No-Wipe Top Gel Polish cures to the touch with no sticky residue, no need for any cleansers or alcohol. Get the ultimate extreme shine that protects for a longer-lasting mirror-like finish. No staining.
All BSG Base and Top Gel Polishes are compatible with most professional gel systems.
Q: What are tips for success with BSG?
A: Bio Seaweed Gel is the most user-friendly professional gel system. Please follow these basic rules to ensure 2+ weeks of professional wear.
Always wipe nails with 70 or 99% alcohol to remove all dusts and oils before applying product.
Make sure nails are completely dry and clean before application.
SHAKE POLISHES WELL BEFORE USE.
Apply all colour gel polishes in thin coats. The first thin coat of colour will always be translucent and not true to colour yet. However, the second thin coat of colour will be vibrant. If preferred, you may choose to apply a third thin coat of colour. It is always recommended for 3 thin coats of colour versus 2 thick ones.
Cure times are crucial to successful wear. Never undercure or overcure. Undercuring results in peeling and overcuring results in chipping. Bio Seaweed Gel’s recommended cure times are designed with our own branded BSG LED/UV Lamps. Curing times may vary depending on the brand of your specific lamp. If unknown, it is better for a longer cure in non-BSG LED/UV Lamps.
Q: How and where do I efficiently store the products? What is the shelf-life?
A: Keep the products out of direct sunlight and UV/LED light. Store in a cool and dry place, and ensure that the bottles are tightly sealed every use. Keep away from children.
On average, one 15mL bottle of BSG Polish lasts 60+ applications and one 25mL jar of BSG Sculpting Gel lasts 40+ applications. Bio Seaweed Gel is good to the last drop, when stored properly, the products never get clumpy or dried out. No polish thinners required or recommended.