What Kind Of Alcohol Is Used For Polygel Nails?

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What kind of alcohol is used for Polygel nails? This is a commonly asked question by people who are considering using Polygel nails. The kind of alcohol used for the procedure is called isopropyl alcohol. This is not the same as the alcohol found in liquor or wine.

As the name suggests, it is a synthetic type of alcohol that is much stronger than natural alcohol. Adding isopropyl alcohol to your Polygel makes the Polygel thinner and easier to mold, for a smoother application.

In this post, we’ll discuss the different types of alcohol and alternatives you can use for Polygel, gel, and acrylic nails. First of all, let’s look at what you can use instead of slip solution for Polygel nails. Without any further delay, let’s jump right in!

What Can I Use Instead Of Slip Solution For Polygel?

If you’re looking for a way to achieve salon-quality nails at home, a Polygel nail kit is a great option. However, if you don’t have slip solution on hand, you’re probably sitting there asking yourself, “What can I use instead slip solution for Polygel?”

Luckily, there are a few alternatives to slip solution:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

These options are the best to work as a slip solution without changing the adhesiveness of the Polygel and ensuring that the nail results will be the same as if you’d have used a slip solution.

Rubbing Alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is the main ingredient in slip solution so you can easily use (70% – 99%) alcohol as a substitute.

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

If you’re looking for a slip solution alternative, look no further than acetone-free nail polish remover. It has very similar chemical properties, but I only recommend using it as a desperate remedy. Using an acetone-free nail polish remover might shorten the lifespan of your Polygel manicure.

What Kind Of Alcohol Is Used For Polygel Nails?

A slip solution is typically used with Polygel nails. Polygel nails use a slip solution to help thin out the Polygel and make it more malleable to be able to move it where you need to. Slip solutions are a necessary part of doing Polygel nails, as without them you will not be able to shape and move the Polygel the way you need to.

Typically, Polygel nails are using a slip solution and the slip solution is most of the time made from isopropyl alcohol. The slip solution is made from at least 70% alcohol and it is necessary to have when doing Polygel nails. Sometimes you may not have access to the Polygel slip solution and you might want to use something else.

You can definitely use rubbing alcohol for Polygel nails as long as it’s 70% or above. The Polygel slip solution is concentrated and so a high percentage of alcohol is necessary to compare to the Polygel slip solution. Most rubbing alcohol is 60% to 99% so it’s perfect!

Can You Use 70 Isopropyl Alcohol For Gel Nails?

99 isopropyl alcohol is best to use, but you can use 70 isopropyl alcohol for gel nails. Typically, isopropyl alcohol is used to wipe the sticky residue off the top coat of your gel nails. This can be done using either lint-free cotton rounds soaked in alcohol or alcohol wipes.

You can also use a non-acetone nail polish remover to remove the sticky top coat layer or residue from the surface of your gel nails. A non-acetone nail polish remover should be used with a cotton ball. Important: never use acetone nail polish remover to wipe away the sticky residue, as it will greatly weaken your gel nails.

Can I Use 99% Alcohol On Gel Nails?

99% alcohol is perfect for removing the sticky layer on gel nails and making them shiny. When doing gel nails you can get a sticky layer left on your nails. This layer is easily removed by 99% alcohol. Just wipe your gel nails with the alcohol and you’re ready to go.

You can use this alcohol on a towel or lint-free cotton round and just wipe it over the nails to dissolve any of the sticky residue left over. You can also use 99% alcohol as a slip solution when trying to make the Polygel more moveable to create your desired shape and nail.

What Can I Use Instead Of Rubbing Alcohol For Gel Nails?

There are a few different things you can use instead of rubbing alcohol for gel nails. One option is to use a gel nail cleanser. Another option is to use a acetone-free nail polish remover. Either of these will work, but you should keep in mind that using too much acetone-free nail polish remover can potentially weaken your gel manicure.

Gel cleansers are a must-have for any gel polish lover. These magical bottles can dissolve the tacky layer from your gel polish, as well as clean any oils or moisture from your nails before application. In the long run, using a gel cleanser is more expensive but more effective than using rubbing alcohol—the results are well worth the investment.

Also, there’s no need to worry if you’re out of isopropyl alcohol or gel cleanser—a smidge of acetone-free nail polish remover will do the trick. Just use a lint-free cotton pad to clean off the sticky residue from the gel nails. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to beautiful, durable gel nails in no time.

What Can I Use Instead Of Monomer Liquid?

Monomer liquid is used to create a chemical reaction on the nails in order to activate the acrylic properties. A monomer is a super important piece in acrylic nail application. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great replacement for monomer liquid, so it’s best to try to get your hands on monomer liquid.

You can try nail glue in some instances if you really need a replacement, but there is no guarantee that the result will be as strong or the same as if you’d use monomer liquid. If you want a complete alternative then you can try dip nails as they contain no monomer.

Final Thoughts: What Kind Of Alcohol Is Used For Polygel Nails?

Polygel nails and acrylic nails usually have a few components that are needed when doing them. Sometimes it’s hard to get your hands on the components or you may just not have them on hand at the moment, but still want to do your nails. There are sometimes alternatives for doing your nails.

Slip solutions can be replaced with almost any alcohol as long as it’s 70% or above. However, monomers for acrylic nails are necessary as that is needed to create a reaction within the acrylic. Overall, if you’re looking for an easy way to do your nails, Polygel, gel, and acrylic are all good options.

Polygel nails will work just as great with rubbing alcohol as a slip solution. Also, to get rid of the tacky layer on top of your gel nails, use a non-acetone polish remover and wipe across them when you’re done. Having beautiful nails is easy within the comfort of your own home.

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By Daphnie Bachmann

Daphnie Bachmann is an esthetician and beauty writer at Kintegra Research. She loves beauty and skincare. She always has her eyes open for the next new beauty or skincare product to test out and review. She's inspired by the beauty world and is always willing to share her beauty secrets!