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Polygel Nails Break Easily – Myth or Truth?

Polygel nails are very popular because of their easy application. Unlike other nail systems, it gives an ample amount of time to focus on shaping and building the most architecturally designed nail possible. But that begs the question of its durability.

How Durable Polygel Nails Are?

I have served many clients over the course of my nail tech journey and Polygel nails are so far my favorite ones after acrylic.

Polygel entails adaptability, customization, and a more straightforward application.

Mainly because it is a combined nail-enhancement product. It fuses liquid and powdered acrylics with LED hard gels – which is unique.

The ease of application almost makes you skeptical- whether this manicure is going to last you enough.

So based on my experience, here is a guide on the sturdiness of Polygel nails.

Do Polygel Nails Break Easily?

If you compare Polygel with acrylic then obviously acrylic nails are sturdier. But in general Polygel nails don’t break easily given the application process is appropriate.

Yes, it all comes down to how properly you are preparing your nails before putting on Polygel. Because the most common issue that people face with Polygel is that they lift easily or peel off.

Now surely enough, lifting off may cause due to choosing poor Polygel brand. But not limited to. Here I will discuss why peeling off occurs and how to fix that or avoid that.

How long do Polygel Nails Last?

Polygel nails are sturdier than gel manicures but acrylic nails are more durable. Given the application process is proper, Polygel nails may last up to 3-4 weeks.

Things You Need For Durable poly-nails

  1. A good Polygel brand
  2. Proper Consistency of Slip solution
  3. Nail Primer
  4. A crafty brush
  5. Proper nail prepping technique

Why Is My Polygel Not Sticking To My Nail?

Polygel nails should not come off unless you file them down.

However, if you’re having this problem, it’s possible that you skipped some critical nail prep! If your Polygel nail is popping from the rear, it’s because you didn’t prepare your nails properly or misapplied them.

✔️Make sure your fingernails are dry and free of oil and wetness. Also, the rough surface of the nails helps in gluing the Polygel well. Clearly, smooth nail beds will not make your Polygel long-lasting.

It’s conceivable, though, that you have really delicate nails. Perhaps you have incredibly soft nails if it’s popping from the free edge. Determine what’s causing the problem and offer your nail artist a second shot. Change nail salons if they fall off again.

Crucial Tips To Make Polygel Nails Tougher and Sturdier

Prepping your nails will prevent your poly gel from slipping off. When individuals do their nails at home, they often overlook the importance of nail preparation.

🎯Before you buffer and roughen the nail surface, ensure your nails are clear of water and grease. It will aid in the gel’s adhesion to the nail bed and prolong its life.

🎯You need a nail primer if you don’t want your poly gel nails to pop off. Ensure your nails are dry, oil-free, and dirt-free.

🎯Before applying the poly gel, you don’t want any smooth areas on the nail. So, sand the whole surface.

🎯Choose the appropriate size for the dual forms. Use the exact fit, but in a larger size. Then, to avoid popping or lifting, file it to the correct size.

🎯Don’t use too much slip solution while molding the gel on the dual forms. Even a teeny-tiny quantity of slip solution will disrupt the link between the basecoat and the Polygel, weakening it.

🎯Polygel nails with a weak binding strength will pop and beak or fall off the nail too soon.

🎯After you’ve finished molding the Polygel into a dual shape, wait until the slip solution has completely dried before applying it to your nails. Based on how much slip solution you apply, you may need to wait for one to four minutes. It will assist in drying this solution faster if you have a tiny personal fan.

🎯It’s a good idea to start pushing the dual form down to your nails from the cuticle end and work your way down to the free edge. It will guarantee that there are no trapped air bubbles within and that the whole nail surface thoroughly adheres to the Polygel.

Procedure For Applying Long-lasting Polygel Nails

Overlay Polygel on the natural nail for a more natural effect. It’s also great for shaping it around the cuticle region and creating the most precise linear structure. Here’s what to expect from your first complete set of Polygel nails:

  1. The natural nail is sculpted into the appropriate form as the first stage.
  2. The cuticle is next scraped away, and the nail plate is polished.
  3. A lint-free wipe dipped in a nail surface cleanser is used to remove any dirt on the nail.
  4. This step will differ depending on the Polygel brand. Following the application of a dehydrator to the natural nails, an acid-free primer or a gel base coat is applied.
  5. Under an LED light, the nails are cured (dried) for the time provided by the Polygel brand.
  6. It’s now time to put the Polygel in. Apply a pea-sized quantity to the nail plate.
  7. The Polygel is patted down, and the nail is sculpted into the appropriate form and length using a brush after soaking it in a slip solution.
  8. Cure the nails for another 30 to 60 seconds. It, too, will vary depending on the kind of Polygel.
  9. The nails are curved, buffed, and wiped clean using a lint-free wipe soaked in nail polish remover.
  10. After that, apply a gel top coat and cure them again.
  11. Finally, lint-free wipes dipped in nail surface cleaner are used to wipe the nails once more.


Don’t be dismayed if your Polygel nails start to come off first. If your poly gel nails keep popping off, it’s because you misapplied them or didn’t prepare your nails properly. The secret to long-lasting and robust poly gel nails is proper nail preparation. Before buffing the nail bed thoroughly, ensure your nails are clear of water and grease. Make the bed a little more rugged. It will aid the poly gel’s adhesion to the nail. Anyone can learn any nail technique with enough time and practice, whether a basic mani or a complete acrylic set. If you continue with it, you’ll develop strong nail abilities, and the Polygel will attach to your nail for as long as possible.

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