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!
BSG Gel Product FAQ
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 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
BSG Dip System FAQ
Q: What is the BSG Dip System?
A: The BSG Dip System is an alternative no-chip nail strengthening nail system for a long-lasting manicure using BSG Dip Powder Colour and BSG Dip Liquids. This is an air-dry, soak-off removal system with no LED/UV Lamps needed. With proper application, this system will last over 2 weeks with no chipping.
Q: What products do I need to complete a BSG Dip Manicure?
A: You will need the following products for the best result BSG Dip Manicure:
BSG Dip Liquid #1 Prep
BSG Dip Liquid #2 Base
BSG Dip Liquid #3 Activator
BSG Dip Liquid #4 Top
BSG Dip Liquid #5 Brush Saver
BSG Dip Powder #0 Natural
BSG Dip Powder #00 Clear
BSG Dip Powder Colour of choice
Q: What services can I use the BSG Dip System for?
A: You can perform a natural nail overlay and artificial tip extensions with the BSG Dip System. Please see full application steps here.
Q: How long do I have to wait between each layer/coat?
A: Please allow 1-3 minutes air-dry time depending on the product used.
Q: What is the difference between a dip powder manicure and a gel manicure?
A: These are two completely different systems with different techniques and products. A gel polish manicure is achieved by using gel polishes and must be cured under a LED/UV lamp. A dip manicure is achieved by using dip powder colours paired with air-dry dip liquids.
Q: Is dip powder the same as acrylic?
A: BSG Dip Powder is a 2-in-1 formula which means, it may be paired with your choice of a monomer to achieve an acrylic set. BSG does not carry, nor plan to carry a line of monomer. The BSG Dip System includes BSG Dip Powder Colours and 5-Free Dip liquids for a long-lasting dip manicure.
Q: Is BSG Dip for personal or professional use?
A: Although the BSG Dip System is a professional product, we welcome everyone to enjoy as well. Please keep in mind that this product is recommended for the intermediate to experienced nail professional and enthusiast.
Q: Can I mix the Dip System with other product types? (Ie. Apply a Top Gel Polish over)
A: We highly recommend NOT mixing the Dip System with any other product types for best results. This system is most compatible with our Dip Powders and Dip Liquids. The Dip System is designed as an alternative nail enhancement option for superior strength nails. Enjoy a lamp-free, air-dry application.
Q: Does BSG Dip System expire? What is the shelf life?
A: We always recommend storing all BSG products away from direct sunlight and in a dark cool place. The shelf life of the BSG Dip System is 12 months after first use. After 12 months, due to oxidation the BSG Dip Powder may experience slight colour discolouration. Always keep the BSG Dip Liquids closed and tightly sealed before, during and after use to prevent drying out. Use the #5 Brush Saver to effectively clean hardened brushes.
Q: My Dip Liquids are unable to open, help!
A: Since the Dip liquids are air-dry products, they must be cleansed and sealed tightly after each use.
Place your bottle in a bowl of warm water for up to 5 minutes. Using a rubber-band, wrap it tightly around the neck of your bottle for a tight grip in twisting off cap. To avoid this issue, be sure to use #5 Brush Saver. Use this product to effectively cleanse, and dissolve any solidified dip powder on brushes both in-between and after use. Simply insert the hardened brush into #5 Brush Saver and allow a few minutes to dissolve. Also, products must be stored in a cool, dry and dark place away from direct sunlight.
Q: What is the most hygienic way to dip?
A: Always properly wash and sanitize hands and tools before service (for both the nail technician and the client).
For personal use, you may opt to dip directly into the Dip Powder container.
For professional salon services, we highly recommend pouring a small amount of the Dip Powder into a plastic cup for individual use. Properly dispose of the remaining Dip Powder after service.
Q: Can you do a fill with Dip powder?
A: Yes, please see full application steps here.
Q How long does a dip manicure last?
A: A dip manicure may last anywhere between 2-4 weeks with proper application.
Q: Are the dip products odour free?
A: All BSG Dip Liquids will be an odour free formula.
Q: Is the Dip System big-5 free?
A: Yes, the BSG Dip Powder System is free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA and camphor. It is also Vegan Friendly and Cruelty Free.
Q: Does this dip use a Resin?
A: Yes, Cyanoacrylate is a resin and a required component for proper dip powder adhesion. This component is found is a couple of our Dip Liquids. Review full MSDS here.
Q: Why does the finished Dip Powder Manicure colour look completely different than the colour inside the jar?
A: It is normal for powder in its raw state to look completely different. Once the Dip Powder is combined with the Dip Liquids, you will achieve the desired colour. The raw state of the powder always tends to be much lighter until the Dip Liquids are combined. Please refer to our colour swatch samples or colour charts found here for the true colour.
Q: Do the Dip Powder Colours match the 3STEP Gel Colours?
A: The Dip Powder Colours are inspired by the 3STEP Gel Colours. Due to the difference in product formula, there cannot be an exact match but there is definitely close shade representation for a 90% or higher match.
Q: Why are the finished dip nails not shiny?
A: To ensure the shiniest finish, please follow correct application steps and apply 2 coats of top immediately back to back (do not wait for dry time between), then allow 5 minutes of air-dry time to reveal your Dip Powder shine!
Q: How many sets can be done from each 2oz bottle of dip powder?
A: Depending on the length and thickness of the application, you can average 20-40 sets.
Q: How do you remove a dip manicure?
A: Removal is similar to a gel polish removal. Start by breaking top coat seal with a file and or buffer, soak nails in acetone for 15-20 mins. Please see full application steps here.
Q: My natural nails are very uneven and have ridges, can BSG Dip Powder make my nails even?
A: Yes, you will have to follow complete application steps for overlay (found here) and first smooth out your ridges by applying either #00 Natural or #0 Clear - however instead of finishing with a top coat, after you have smoothed out your nails you may then follow the steps to apply colour and finish with top.
Q: My Dip Powder looks very blotchy, the colour is not solid, how can I fix this?
A: You must roll and mix the Dip Powder Jar well before use to ensure it is fully mixed well prior to use. Over time, pigments will separate and settle to the bottom of the jar. Turn upside down and roll, shake, do a little dance and mix it well.
Q: What are Tips & Tricks for maximum long lasting wear with Dip?
- Ensure to push back cuticles and remove any dry skin to avoid any lifting if products are painted on the dry/dead skin
- Always paint 1 thin hair line under the cuticle, never apply any product on your skin
- Always paint the #2 Base Liquid as thin as possible (less is more!)
- Allow at least 30 seconds-1 minute dry time between dipping to ensure the #2 Base Liquid has had a chance to dry (premature dusting may cause smudges in the process)
- Always seal in your BSG Dip Colour with #0 Clear to ensure the colour is protected from being worn out
- Clean your BSG Dip Liquids after each use with the #5 Brush Saver, these are air-dry products, must be sealed after each use