Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions.
  • Why should I use LUME' ® Gel over Salon Gels?
  • What is the difference between LUME'® Gel & Acrylics?
  • Why should I use LUME' ® Gel over other available products?
  • Sometimes I experience a heating sensation when using the lamp, why?
  • Does LUME' ® Gel yellow?
  • Can I integrate other products with the LUME'® products?
  • How long is the gel bonding process?
  • How often do I need to replace the gel?
  • Can I get fungus with LUME' ®?
  • How does the LUME' ® lamp differ from other UV Lamps?
  • When removing nail polish, will I loose the gel shine?
  • How often will I have to replace my lamp bulb?
  • I am currently wearing acrylics and want to use LUME' ®, Help!
  • Sometimes, my bonded nail looks dull. Why is that?
  • My nails look wonderful with the LUME' ® product on them, how do I keep them that way?
  • Is a two gel system really better?
  • Isn't buying only one gel cheaper and easier?




  • Why should I use LUME' ® Gel over Salon Gels?

        The LUME' ® Natural Nail system is very simple to use. It was designed to be easy enough for anyone to use. Therefore making it possible for individuals to use within their own home without professional training. The product and system process has been so successful that many salons carry and use the LUME' ® Natural Nail System.

      Because LUME' ® has minimal advertising overhead, funds have been designated toward research in perfecting the product and system process to the top quality it has become. These gels are triple distilled for the finest gel substance around.

    Truly no comparison to other Gel products. You'll have to see it to believe it!

  • What is the difference between LUME'® Gel & Acrylics?

        Acrylics penetrate 1/3 of the nail bed and weaken the natural nail. Along with the extensive damage caused by penetration to the nail, acrylic chemicals and solvents are very harsh. The LUME' Nail ICE ® Gel products are designed to be a nail strengthener and hardener. The same process dentists use to bond teeth. It's safe enough to put in your mouth, it's certainly safe enough for your nails. Take note, this product is used both by men and women to aid in strengthening brittle nails.

  • Why should I use LUME' ® Gel over other available products?

        Please see the answer in the previous question. This applies to this question as well. Glues and wraps are also detrimental to the outcome individuals are looking for in this type of product and that is to have strong, healthy nails.

  • Sometimes I experience a heating sensation when using the lamp, why?

        This the molecular process of the gel product bonding, or hardening. The thinner the nail bed, the more chance there is of feeling the heat sensation. Simply remove your hand from the lamp until the sensation stops. Then return your hand to the lamp and leave in to compensate for the time not exposed to the UV Light.

  • Does LUME' ® Gel yellow?

        The LUME' Nail ICE ® Gel products yellow the least in comparison to other products on the market. If you are experiencing yellowing with your Lume' Nails, it could be caused by a variety of reasons as follows: Enamels, trapped dirt, some foods, sunlight, tanning beds, smoking, makeup, and/or oils may cause the surface of the gel to discolor. (plastics have a tendency to yellow with time) If yellowing should occur, use the coarse file and file down the gel until the discoloration disappears. Be careful not to file the natural nail. Then reapply the Nail Ice ® gels. If desired apply the Solar Shade to help inhibit yellowing. Please see our TIPS for TECHS page.

  • Can I integrate other products with the LUME'® products?

        The answer is NO. Integrate is the operative word here. The LUME' ® Natural Nail System is just that, a System. The gel coupled with the lamp and solutions are an integrated process for maximum results. To use any other products with the LUME' ® system will not quarantee success.

  • How long is the gel bonding process?

        This may seem hard to believe but it only takes 1 full minute! You want to be sure to expose the gel for a full minute for complete bonding.

  • How often do I need to replace the gel?

        The shelf life expires after six months, therefore it is recommended you replace your gels every six months.

  • Can I get fungus with LUME' ®?

        No, LUME' ® will not cause Fungus problems. Fungus is caused primarily by trapped moisture. It is recommended that you wash and dry your hands thoroughly prior to application. Also, Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize. You will find this noted through out your application booklet. The sanitizer will aid in drying any moisture on the nail bed.
    Soon we'll have detailed information on how to treat fungus at our Tips for Techs page for more information on Fungus.

  • How does the LUME' ® lamp differ from other UV Lamps?

         The LUME' ® lamp is patented for it's unique bonding abilities. It's even bonding is done by microwatts per centimeter reading of 2,500 in the corner and 2,700 in the center. Where as Salon brands vary from 1,000 in the corners to 2,700 in the center. So no matter where you fingers are on the lamp shelf, you attain an even bond.

  • When removing nail polish, will I loose the gel shine?

        Absolutely not! That is the beauty of the Nail ICE ® gel product. Your nails attain the glorious sheen even after polish removal!

  • How often will I have to replace my lamp bulb?

        It depends on usage, however, we recommend you change it on a yearly basis for maximum performance. The bulb is guaranteed to last 1,000 hours.

  • I am currently wearing acrylics and want to use LUME' ®, Help!

        No problem. But do not remove the acrylic by picking or peeling it off. Since acrylic penetrates the nail bed, peeling it will damage the natural nail. Using a file, buff the acrylic down almost to the natural nail and proceed with the LUME' ® Nail system process.

  • Sometimes, my bonded nail looks dull. Why is that?

        There are a couple of reasons why this may be. 1. Your bulb may need replacing or you may need to re-cleanse nails with a treatment pad moistened with Gel Cleanser.

  • My nails look wonderful with the LUME' ® product on them, how do I keep them that way?

        You've just treated yourself to a lovely manicure. Treat your nails like jewels not tools. Instead of using your finger nail to open a pop can, grab a butter knife or car key.

  • Is a two gel system really better?

        Within the nail gel industry certain products are promoted as a one gel system. People inevitably ask - what's the difference between a one gel and two gel system? Which one is better for me?

        The first important aspect to point out is that a one gel system does not mean one step. Although a one gel system may at first seem faster or more economical, these systems do not deliver on those promises. The actual result is that a one gel system requires more than one application of gel. The natural nail is just not thick enough initially to put on one coat of gel and let it go. What this means is, whether a system has one or two gels, more than one application of the gels to the natural nail is always necessary. The logical conclusion is that one gel does not produce a faster nail application.

  • Okay, so maybe it's not faster, but isn't buying only one gel cheaper and easier?

    The short answer to this question is - no. Why? Quite simply, the economics of the equation depend on how much gel is used to get the desired look. So, for every jar of base and top coat a customer buys, she will need to buy at least two jars of the one step system, maybe more depending on the quality of the other system. It is also true in some cases that a company promoting the need to buy only one gel will actually charge more for that gel on the basis that it is doing the job of two gels. As pointed out above, that argument is illusory. When more than one application is required, the efficiency argument is no longer valid because multiple coats of gel are being used, whether it comes from one or more jars.

        But, there is even a more important argument supporting the use of two gels. When the same gel is used to build up a nail, the result will be either a totally stiff nail or completely soft, flexible nail. No one wants that result because a fingernail needs to respond to a variety of conditions on a daily basis. What a nail product needs to provide is flexibility and strength, not just one or the other. One product cannot include both features. It is essential to use two different gels and bond them to each other to be able to take advantage of the primary strengths in each. The Nail Ice ® Base Coat provides adhesion to attach to the natural nail and is the more flexible gel. It is necessary to have some flexibility in the nail so that when it encounters a hard surface it will bend, but not break. Think of the example of a tree in a wind storm. If it can bend when the wind blows, it can avoid breaking. If the tree cannot bend, the possibility of it breaking is greatly increased.

     It is the same principle with a fingernail. Although a nail needs some flexibility, it cannot have too much because it will be too prone to bending over an extended period of time. This condition will also result in a break. The answer to this dilemma lies in a strong top coat. The strength inherent in the top coat prevents the nail from bending too much. What is unique about Nail Ice ® Top Coat is that it is strong, but not brittle. A brittle top coat can also break too easily. The combination of the adhesive, flexible base with a strong, but not brittle top coat provides the best combination possible for a long-lasting nail gel application.

    If you have questions that are not included in this list
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