What Is Hybrid Gel Polish? What Are The Benefits? Hybrid vs. True Gel?

Gel Polish

Gel polish was a fantastic innovation in the beauty industry which gave customers a new and exciting option. Thin and natural-looking nails, longer-lasting and more durable than regular nail varnish. That was more than a decade ago…

Nowadays gel polish manicure is a common service most nail technicians offer and there are dozens of various brands we can choose from. It’s up to you to pick what will suit you best – are you looking for an easy removal? Large colour range? HEMA free products? Hybrid or true gel range?

In this post I’ll take a closer look at hybrid gel polish in general and introduce you to the fantastic range of LART hybrid polish which is new to the UK market but very popular in more than 20 European countries!

Hybrid gel polish - what is it?

Hybrid gel polish is an exciting innovation on the market – it combines the fast-hardening and durable properties of gel with a faster removal and an easy brush-on application from a bottle like nail varnish.

Industry scientist Doug Schoon explains, that hybrids incorporate the same types of solvents as nail varnish, which allows them to soak off faster than the current group of soak-off gels in potted jars, plus the hybrids have other ingredients to lower the viscosity so that application is more similar to that of a polish.

This makes them more familiar and easier to use for consumers and professionals who were used to nail varnish.

Benefits of hybrid gel polish

  • Hybrid gel manicure lasts around 2 weeks
  • It’s instantly ‘dry’ and hard after curing in an UV/LED lamp
  • Glossy and durable finish
  • Easy brush-on application from a bottle
  • Faster removal than traditional potted gels or soak-off gels
  • The formula starts to slowly thicken as the solvents evaporate with application which helps prevent product running into skin
  • Great for nail art
  • Low odour – hybrid gels don’t smell as strongly as nail polish or acrylic
  • LART hybrid gel polish range can be used for short nail extensions and repairs

What's the difference between hybrid gel and true gel?

It can be quite confusing to know the differences between various nail products so I’ll try to explain the main differences between hybrid gels and so-called true gels. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages and will suit different needs.

Curable UV gels have been on the market for 35+ years. They started as potted hard gels that need filing off and they lasted around 4 weeks on the nails. Later on, soak-off gels were developed. The big difference between hard gels and soak-off gels was that the soak-off gels were removable with acetone.  Till then, the only way to remove gel was to file it off. This often caused damage to the nail plate due to over-filing and improper removal.

Then 10+ years ago, hybrid gel was developed. It all started with Shellac which is a brand of hybrid gel polish but it’s often used by consumers to describe a hybrid gel manicure. Sort of like saying ‘Hoover’ when talking about a  vacuum cleaner…

Hybrid gels are a cross between regular nail varnish and soak-off gel. They contain solvents that evaporate just like in regular nail varnish, but they also contain curable gel that hardens to a durable coating. Hybrid gels need to be removed and re-applied very 2-3 weeks, meaning they don’t last quite as long as true gel. The advantage is that clients come for service more often and if there’s an issue on the nail plate it is discovered sooner.

There are also differences in removal. Hybrid gels soak-off much faster than soak-off gel thanks to the solvents. Usually the removal takes around 10-15 minutes, a lot faster than gel or acrylic!

Why choose LART Hybrid gel polish system?

LART brings a whole new quality of hybrid manicure!

LART hybrid gel polish is a unique combination of durability and perfectly opaque colours which are a dream to apply.

The colours are stable and don’t fade even during bright sunny days so you can use them all year round with confidence!

Our specially-formulated base and top create a glossy and scratch resistant finish that meets the expectations of even the most demanding customers.

The undoubtable advantage of LART hybrid gel polish is a very easy application thanks to the contoured, premium quality brush.

The beautifully designed and stylish black bottles feature a colour sticker with the name of the shade for easy identification because we know the little things matter! The unique bottle design is easily recognisable and together with modern branding of LART, it will make your salon stand out.

Provide your customers with the best – complete your offer with LART hybrid gel polish and create phenomenal manicures!

Visit us at the Professional Beauty London Excel 3-4 April 2022, we'll be at stand T35 with special offers & giveaway!

Show offer: Place an order over £500 and we’ll give you 50% off the online training on LART Pro or Supreme dip powder system!⁠

Giveaway: Visit us at stand T35 during the show and submit your details for a chance to win £200 worth of LART Mineral Dip System products and LART PRO or Supreme Mineral Dip System training.

Visit us at stand T35 and don’t miss out!

Lucie Hall
LART Nails UK Educator

Lucie has been passionate about nails and especially nail art for over a decade. Starting as a nail blogger at lucysstash.com, she quickly became one of the top UK nail bloggers of the time, racking up two Cosmopolitan and two Scratch Stars UK Best Nail Blogger nominations and hundreds of thousands followers across social networks.
She finished her professional qualifications in 2014 and has now become LART UK Educator and Director at Beyond Beauty & Nails.

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