Degreaser, dehydrator, primer - the means to guard the perfect manicure
The perfect manicure starts with the right preparation. The basis of a successful manicure with gel polish coating are specialized products, such as a dehydrator, degreaser, primer.
All these products, in one way or another, enhance the adhesion of the coating to the nail plate, and provide long-term durability and long wear. In my article today, you will find more information about what a dehydrator and degreaser are and when to use them. In addition, I have prepared a brief comparison of these products with each other, as well as other means that are commonly used when applying a gel coating.
A degreaser is a necessary tool for any type of manicure, in the case of applying an artificial coating. Most often, a degreaser in everyday life can be found under the name Nail prep , short for "nail preparation" - "nail preparation". The main mission of degreasers is to remove natural deposits from the surface of the nail, and thereby guarantee an increase in the durability and wear time of the manicure . Deposits that can later play a negative role in the manicure process include soap, various lotions, cuticle oil, body oil, etc. The use of a degreaser should ensure that the artificial material has a good “adhesion” to your nail plate.
In the process of manicure, it is worth remembering that even though the degreaser removes excess moisture from the surface of the nail, it does not do it 100%, so do not confuse the product with a dehydrator, which must be applied after the degreaser. Most novice masters mistakenly believe that these tools are interchangeable, but this is not true.
Even from the name, you can understand that the degreaser has a limited spectrum of action and it is aimed at removing only fat, while the dehydrator is a more multi-tasking tool.
What a degreaser and a dehydrator have in common is that these products are typically formulated with ethyl acetate , butyl acetate and isopropyl alcohol . Once these three ingredients come into contact with the nail plate, it draws moisture and oils like a sponge, evaporating it from the nail plate and leaving a slight white coating.
A dehydrator is a product that should be applied to the nails before artificial nail polish is added. This tool dries the nail plate, removing excess moisture. The dehydrator does not violate the pH balance, does not dry out, and does not provoke fragility of the nail plate, since only the top layer of nails is degreased when applied. It can be used with all types of nail extensions, as well as gel polish, and helps improve adhesion.
The dehydrator is hypoallergenic without fragrances and dyes. It works wonders, especially for those clients whose nails are prone to delamination. This product removes the oil that is on the surface of natural nails, so that subsequent applied products will stick better. Often, a dehydrator is used as a preparatory base for nails before applying regular varnish.
Especially, I recommend using a dehydrator after a wet cut manicure.
The better you dehydrate your nail, the less likely you are to get mold, fungus, and bacteria trapped under the artificial nail. Spending a few extra minutes to prepare the nail plate, you will avoid many negative factors in the future.
Usually, a primer is applied after the dehydrator. It only takes a couple of seconds for the dehydrator to evaporate.
Nail dehydrator evaporates very quickly. Therefore, be sure to close the bottle tightly with a cap.
Difference between dehydrator and nail primer
The dehydrator should be applied to natural nails, without any other products or coatings on it. Thanks to the dehydrator, whatever you put on your nails later on will stick better.
The primer is also applied to bare nails. It represents the first layer, or base layer, on which you will apply artificial turf. A primer will give your nails a rougher surface and the polish will stick better. In addition, the primer also protects your nails from the chemicals found in nail polishes and creates a protective barrier between products and your nails. This is a wonderful way to extend the life of your manicure.
The dehydrator also has a protective property, but still not in such volumes. Most primers contain dehydrating ingredients, so you can use these primers even without first using a dehydrator. However, your manicure will last longer with a dehydrator.
Acid-free primer - contains more resins in its composition, so after application it leaves a sticky layer. Designed for better adhesion of the coating to the natural nail. Most masters prefer this primer over acid, as it is more gentle and does not disturb the PH balance.
Acid primer - mainly used for nail extensions. It acts as a desiccant and degreaser to open up the deeper layers of the nail plate. This causes the opening of small scales that "stand" on the surface of the nail plate. When you apply the coating, it flows around these small flakes and thus provides a strong bond of the material.
It is very important to know the measure in using the primer, and not to apply too much. And avoid skin contact. If you are using a new bottle, be sure to brush it on a towel to wipe off the excess.
And finally, let me remind you once again in what order the products are applied before gel polish or extensions: 1. Degreaser 2. Dehydrator 3. Primer