Hybrid Gels AKA Acrygel/Polygel

Step-by-Step Guide: Applying Hybrid Gel Nails Using Nail Forms or Freehand Technique

Are you ready to take your nail artistry skills to the next level? In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of applying hybrid gel nails using either nail forms or the freehand technique. Hybrid gels, such as polygel or acrygel, offer versatility, durability, and a natural look that will impress your clients. So, let's get started and create stunning nail extensions with ease!

Materials Needed:

    • Hybrid gel (polygel or acrygel) in your desired color
    • Nail forms (if using the nail form technique)
    • Slip solution or isopropyl alcohol
    • Dual forms (if using the freehand technique)
    • Nail brush
    • UV or LED lamp
    • Gel cleanser or isopropyl alcohol
    • Nail file and buffer
    • Cuticle pusher or orange stick
    • Nail primer (optional)
    • Top coat


Step 1: Prep and Shape the Natural Nail

nail prep filing


Begin by preparing the natural nail. Remove any existing nail polish and shape the nails using a file. Gently push back the cuticles using a cuticle pusher or an orange stick.



Step 2: Applying Nail Forms (Optional)

hybrid gel nail on plastic nail form
If using the nail form technique, select a nail form that fits the natural nail's shape. Place it under the nail, ensuring it adheres securely.

Step 3: Applying the Hybrid Gel


Take a small amount of hybrid gel and place it on a clean surface. Dip your nail brush into the slip solution or isopropyl alcohol to prevent sticking. Pick up a bead of hybrid gel with the brush and apply it to the natural nail or the nail form.

Step 4: Shaping and Sculpting


Use your brush, dipped in the slip solution or isopropyl alcohol, to shape and sculpt the hybrid gel on the nail. Smooth it out and create the desired extension or overlay. Take your time to ensure the gel is evenly distributed and well-shaped.

Step 5: Curing Under UV or LED Lamp


Once you are satisfied with the shape and length, cure the hybrid gel under a UV or LED lamp according to the manufacturer's instructions. This process typically takes 60-90 seconds, depending on the lamp's power.


Step 6: Refining and Perfecting


Use a nail file to refine the shape and length of the nail extension. Smooth out any rough edges or imperfections. Be careful not to file too aggressively to prevent damage to the natural nail.

Step 7: Buffing and Cleaning


Buff the nail surface gently with a buffer to remove any unevenness and create a smooth finish. Remove any dust or debris using a gel cleanser or isopropyl alcohol.

Step 8: Applying Colour and Top Coat


Apply your chosen coloUr of hybrid gel in thin, even coats. Cure each layer under the UV or LED lamp as instructed. Finish with a top coat for added shine and durability. Cure the top coat for the recommended time.

Step 9: Final Touches

cuticle oil hydrate nail bed prep


After curing the final layer, clean the nail surface using a gel cleanser or isopropyl alcohol to remove any residue. Apply cuticle oil to nourish the cuticles and hydrate the skin around the nails.

Congratulations! You have successfully applied stunning hybrid gel nails using either nail forms or the freehand technique. Hybrid gels offer versatility, durability, and a natural look that will leave your clients in awe. With practice and creativity, you can create beautiful nail extensions that showcase your unique artistry. Enjoy the process and embrace the endless possibilities hybrid gels have to offer!

simple hybrid gel manicure

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