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What's Calgel?

The New Generation Gel That's Gentle to the Natural Nailcalgel bottles
calgel bottles Developed by Calbrook International established in South Africa in 1981, Calgel is a gel nail system that is known for its thin and gentle application on the nail as well as its elegant, natural look. salons in South Africa for many years, the product line became immensely popular first in Europe then across the globe, and in Japan has achieved acclaim as "the gel that can be removed with a solvent."

As a leading manufacturer, Calgel continues to uphold high standards of quality in its salon products and nail technique through its comprehensive training and certification program (for the Educator License and advanced Premier Status certification examinations) supervised by Calgel's own certified educators.

feature1; Calgel does not damage the nail

Calgel requires minimal buffing of the nail plate prior to applying gel coating or gel sculpture treatment and no primers are used either. Your natural nails will not suffer damages from filing and application of harsh chemical solutions.
Calgel does not contain acrylic or other monomers, and has no offensive smell that is characteristic of conventional nail products. Used on its own, it does not damage the natural nail.
Not only the gel but also other products such as solutions that are used with the gel are hypoallergenic and less damaging to the nail. dditionally, Calgel has a wide range of products that provide additional nourishment while you wear the gel on your nails.

feature2; Calgel is long-lasting

Calgel guarantees superior adhesion to the natural nail and a long-lasting finish. The gel layer is gas-permeable, so it allows moisture to pass through.
Since moisture is not trapped between the gel layer and the natural nail, there is less chance of the application pealing off. With fewer visits required to the nail salon for touch ups and other treatments (on average, every 3 to 5 weeks), it is far more economical for the customer. The most outstanding difference between Calgel and other nail systems is the flexibility of the nail after application, which prevents breaking or chipping. The coating is thin and natural looking, quite indistinguishable from your own nails._

feature3; Calgel is easy to remove

Calgel can be removed safely and easily with a solution called Calaway. In contrast to systems that remove the product by filing down, this solution is formulated so that you can simply take off the gel, even on your own. The gel layer lifts off with ease, minimizing damage to your natural nail.

feature4; A wide range of colors to choose from

In addition to the clear gel, Calgel offers 70 different colors (Color Calgel) to choose from. There is no need to wait for French nails and nails colored with polishes to dry, and no worries about making a mess either.
Clients can use Calcleanse (remover formulated for Calgel nail polish) and Calcrystal (top coat) to apply touch-ups on new growth and maintain their own nails at the convenience of their home.
Applying the clear gel over nail arts such as hand painted designs and rhinestones will keep the nails in pristine condition for an extended period of time. Using this flexible and durable clear gel for 3D art is also very popular.

feature5; Only Calgel trained professionals work on your nails

Calgel is only used by qualified nail technicians who have completed the training program supervised jointly by the manufacturers of Calgel and Calgel Japan. Calgel has long enjoyed the support of nail professionals and clients alike because of its dedication to quality through the educational program, offered since the compnay's founding.

Synthetic Resin

Pigment (additional ingredient)The synthetic resin used as the gel ingredient varies by the manufacturer. A variety of resins are blended to create the texture specific to the brand, and it is for this reason that the gel is considered to be the hallmark of a manufacturer

Pigment (additional ingredient)

The pigment consists primarily of tar dye (the ingredient is indicated by color name and number such as Red#202, Yellow#1), titanium oxide (white), iron oxide (red, black), among others.


A polymerization initiator. Polymerization refers to the chemical reaction where the synthetic resin gel is hardened through cured with UV light curing.

Glitter (additional ingredient)

Mica (mineral), aluminum powder (metal) and glass powder are used as basic ingredients of the glitter, which reflects light. These are used as they are or dyed in various colors

What are gel nails?

  1. Gel nails refer to the system of nail enhancement (designing, extension and coloring) through the application and curing of the gel on the nail plate.
  2. Hard gels refer to those that maintain hardness like glass after application and are highly resis tant to solutions.
  3. Soft gels are flexible after application and have lower resistance to solutions
  4. Mix the synthetic resin, pigment and glitters well as the components may separate or settle to the bottom of the jar.
  5. The Clear Calgel with high transparency usually cures in approximately 60 seconds. With higher pigment content, the gel takes longer to cure.

What is the curing process?

  1. UV light does not actually 'dry' the synthetic resin but prompts a chemical reaction in the photo-initiator. Figure 1
  2. When exposed to UV light, the photo-initiator is activated and causes the surrounding synthetic resin to harden. Figure 2
  3. Once the curing is completed and the resin is hardened, the gel adheres firmly to the nail plate
  4. Curing may be incomplete or poor when the gel layer is too thin and lacking in photo-initiators.
  5. Curing may also be incomplete or poor when the layer of Color Calgel is too thick and the UV light cannot penetrate areas blocked by the pigment content.

Mechanism of polymerization
Polymerization refers to the chemical reaction by which monomers (single-unit molecules) bond to form a longer chain called polymers. A molecule is gaseous or in liquid state without the chemical bond, but becomes a solid and is stabilized once the chemical bonding is complete.

Natural (Clear) Calge
Very transparent and with the perfect consistency that allows thin applications, the Clear Calgel is most versatile. Not only is it a base gel and top coat in one, it can also be used for sculptured nails, overlay, and 3D nail art.
Calgel is gas-permeable and does not block transpiration from the nail underneath. Natural moisture from the nail bed can permeate the gel layer, preventing fungus infection and peeling of the gel..

Color Calgel
The most outstanding feature of Color Calgel is the thin, natural looking application as well as its vibrant color. Available in a wide range of colors, you can also mix Color Calgel to create your original hue and is excellent for a variety of gel nail art from flat to 3D.

Technical Information

Caution when curing Clear Calgel and Color Calgel
Both the Clear and Color Calgel contain photo-initiators which causes the gel to cure and harden upon exposure to UV

Why the gel will not cure if the application is too thi
When the application of the gel is too thin, the amount of photo-initiators will be insufficient to complete the curing process. This is usually the reason why the gel does not harden even after placing the nails under the UV lamp for a long time. You may experience the same outcome with either the Clear Calgel or Color Calgel. This occurs particularly when applying Color Calgel with strong, clear colors, which may give the impression that applying a small amount (and therefore a thin layer) is adequate.

Why the gel will not cure if the application is too thick
A similar outcome is expected in the opposite situation, or when the application of the gel is too thick. This happens only with Color Calgel.
When the gel coating is too thick, the pigment in the gel blocks the UV light from reaching the photo-initiators at the bottom of the layer and fully curing the gel. While the top of the gel layer may harden, the bottom of the coating does not. In this situation, the Color Calgel separates into 2 layers: an uneven surface that hardens, under which is a layer of partially cured or uncured gel. The coating will not properly adhere to the natural nail, and may cause the gel to lift or peel.

With Color Calgel, it is necessary to apply a coating with sufficient thickness that still allows some transparency. In doing so, the UV light will cure the gel properly. To achieve full color, it is recommended to apply thin layers of Color Calgel 2 or even 3 times. Additionally, when applying Calgel in an environment where there is much moisture or oil, use the method called 'wipe and apply.' This means that each nail must be wiped clean with Calguard and dried, immediately followed by the gel application, and repeating this process one nail at a time for all 10 fingers. The method ensures the best application of Calgel without any moisture or oil adhering to the nail plate.

Storing Calgel
Both the Clear Calgel and Color Calgel cure and harden when exposed to UV light. For this reason the gel comes in black jars to shut out the UV light; however, the gel will chemically react to either direct or reflected light, and begins the curing process in as little as few seconds under exposure to the sun's UVA. Make sure to store the gel container in a dark, cool place. When using the gel, do not place the container under or close to the UV lamp.

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