Here is a list of our most frequently asked and answered questions. Still have a question? Please do not hesitate to contact BSG directly for further information!
Q: What is gel polish and how is it different from regular nail polish?
A: Gel polish can be applied to either natural nails, artificial nails or even acrylic nails. Gel polish comes in a base, colour and top coat.
However, gel polish has many more advantages!
Gel polish cures (dries) instantly from 30 seconds to 2 minutes under a professional UV/LED lamp. There is no more dry time or smudges. Gel polish does not air dry, it must be cured under UV/LED light to harden.
Gel polish is designed to be durable and more suitable for the busy everyday life. Professional gel polishes should last 2+ weeks with no chips, lifts or cracks.
Gel polish requires a “soak-off” removal. Unlike regular nail polish, you must “soak” the gel polished nails in professional acetone then remove by gently pushing off loosened gel.
Lastly, GEL POLISH is the product – NOT a brand name! Just like every beauty cosmetic, there are different gel polish brands with different benefits and drawbacks. We highly do not recommend using unknown gel polishes. Do not deprive yourself of proper nail education and care.
Q: How Bio Seaweed Gel (BSG) different than other gel brands?
A: BSG is the healthier professional gel choice. Regardless of the frequency of wear, BSG does not damage the natural nails. In fact, BSG is formulated to promote natural nail growth and shine. With zero dehydration, staining or weakening, Bio Seaweed Gel will last 2+ weeks for healthier, high shine chip-free nails.
All our gel products are:
Big-5 Free: No Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, BHA, or Camphor
Vegan Friendly and Cruelty-Free
Easiest prep and application:
Absolutely no sanding, drilling, primers or bonders required on the natural nails.
Do not need to rough up the nails for a better adhesion.
Do not need any additional products for better adhesion.
Safe and gentle removal:
The removal process is key to how a gel polish will impact your nails; a hard removal is not only time consuming but damaging! Always use professional acetone to remove, follow proper steps and never peel the gel off prematurely.
Q: Why is the brand called Bio Seaweed Gel? Is there seaweed?
A: BSG does not contain any seaweed products.
The name conveys and embodies the notion of healthier products! However, BSG is water-based and enriched with vitamins and minerals to promote overall nail strengthening.
Q: Is BSG a professional brand? Why do you sell to the public?
A: We are first and foremost a professional gel company. We educate and train a generation of future nail technicians, artists and salon owners. BSG offers exclusive professional pricing and promotions all year round to certified and verified salon professionals. We also have certification programs available.
We sell to the public simply because we believe in healthier nails for all.
You can always choose to apply your healthier gel products conveniently at home, or hygienically at your favourite salon – hygienic because you are not sharing products with other clients! Plus – you get to choose their own colours and be aware of exactly what type of product is going on your nails.
Q: What is the full BSG product line?
A: We offer the entire Professional Gel System, from Gel Polishes to Sculpting Gels to state of the art LED/UV Lamps. Our gel products are designed for natural nails, artificial tip extensions and pure gel sculptured extensions.
Q: What is the difference between 3STEP Colour and UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish?
A: 3STEP Colour Gel Polish is the traditional colour gel that requires use with both BSG Base and Top Gel Polish, regardless for hands or toes.
UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish has base, colour, top and nail strengthener all-in-one bottle. This unique formula combines 4 products into one bottle. UNITY cures to the touch with no sticky residue, so there is no need to wipe with alcohol to remove sticky inhibition layer.
Both colour lines are smooth to apply, self-levelling with no shrinkage. Ideal for nail art and design and just overall user-friendly, professional application. 3STEP and UNITY offer unique colour selections, with a combined 250+ colour choices. New colours added every season.
Q: How do I use UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish?
A: UNITY is versatile and tailored to different nail health and lifestyles. Even with the all-in-one formula, you still have the option to add BSG Base and/or Top Gel Polishes for extra strengthen and longer-lasting shine.
General guidelines on how to use UNITY:
Always no base or top. Cures to the touch with no tacky inhibition layer and no alcohol wipe needed.
Optional: Begin with BSG Base Gel Polish for extra strengthening. Ideal for weak, brittle nails and nail biters
Optional: Finish with BSG Top Gel Polish for a longer-lasting shine
Q: What is UNITY’s SolarCure?
A: UNITY is the first and only true colour gel polish that can be cured to the touch in direct sunlight. This advanced SolarCure technology means that even if you do not own a UV or LED light, you can still get all the amazing benefits of a gel polish with just a bottle of UNITY and the SUN! BSG No-Wipe Top Gel Polish also cures to the touch in direct sunlight. Use together for a longer-lasting gel wear with no lamps needed.
Q: What is the Sculpting Gel System?
A: The Sculpting Gels are in jars, thicker than the gel polishes and are applied with our BSG Gel Brush. Professionally build strong and natural looking artificial and sculptured tip extensions. The Sculpting Gels are also ideal for use on weaker natural nails and offer a flexible, non-yellowing and odourless application and removal. The formula is Self-leveling for the simplest yet impressive modern nail enhancements. The full Sculpting Gel System is available in Base, Rose Base, Clear Builder, Pink Builder and Top.
Q: What is the difference between all four types of BSG Base and Top Gel Polishes?
A: The original No-Sanding Base is applied directly to natural nails, artificial tip or sculptured extensions with no heavy drilling, sanding, primers or bonders required. Enriched with minerals and vitamins to promote natural nail growth and shine.
Base-1 Gel Polish has all the benefits of the original No-Sanding Base with added strength for clients with weaker, damaged nails. Created to repair and hydrate natural nails that need extra TLC.
The original Diamond Shine Top Gel Polish provides a brilliant high shine finish. This scratch-resistant coat provides a hard as diamonds finish that will not dull out. Wipe nails with 70/99% alcohol to remove sticky residue after curing.
No-Wipe Top Gel Polish cures to the touch with no sticky residue, no need for any cleansers or alcohol. Get the ultimate extreme shine that protects for a longer-lasting mirror-like finish. No staining.
All BSG Base and Top Gel Polishes are compatible with most professional gel systems.
Q: How and where do I efficiently store the products? What is the shelf-life?
A: Keep the products out of direct sunlight and UV/LED light. Store in a cool and dry place, and ensure that the bottles are tightly sealed every use. Keep away from children.
On average, one 15mL bottle of BSG Polish lasts 60+ applications and one 25mL jar of BSG Sculpting Gel lasts 40+ applications. Bio Seaweed Gel is good to the last drop, when stored properly, the products never get clumpy or dried out. No polish thinners required or recommended.
Q: How do you apply/remove BSG?
A: BSG is a soak-off gel system.
Using professional acetone, you can safely & easily remove your gel nails in less than 10 minute utilizing either:
- The “foil and cotton method” – saturate cotton ball and wrap tight with tinfoil per nail;
- Soak-off tray – fill tray with sufficient amount of acetone and soak nails
Either methods above will “loosen” the gel after 5-10 minutes of soaking.
You then gently push off the loosened gel with an orangewood stick and/or nail buffer.
Always wash hands and moisturize after removal.
Q: Why are my BSG gel nails chipping/lifting?
A: Most common troubleshooting;
Chipping caused by:
- applying to too thick coats of gel colour
- capping the free edge (brushing the end of the nail tip with gel colour)
- always apply thin, even coats; the colour will self-level itself each time and become opaque and true to colour after 2- 3 coats
- do not cap free edge, just simply paint from cuticle to nail tip in smooth motion; the gel will not shrink for perfect application
Lifting caused by:
- improper prep
- under-curing (not cured enough)
- correct prep is key: shape and file, buff nails lightly with buffer to even ridges, wipe with 70% alcohol to remove all dusts and oils – wait until nails are completely dry to begin application
- proper cure times as stated are based on BSG LAMPS – for non-BSG lamps, always cures double the time