I once encountered a salon in Montreal that did not offer soak-off gel pedicures although Shellac and OPI GelColor manicures were on the menu. The staff didn’t know how to facilitate the gel curing on toes. Fast-forward more than a year… and apparently there are still Shellac-friendly salons that don’t offer soak-off gel pedicures (aka Shellac* pedicures). Why is that?
Some will say it’s because soak-off gel pedicures are expensive. Maybe so in the summer when you can slip out of the salon in flip flops before your polish dries, but come winter-boots time, time is money. Show me a client who has time to sit around and wait for her polished toes to dry, and I’ll show you a client who has never known the joy of jumping right into her socks and boots seconds after her gel pedi is over.
If know-how is the reason your salon doesn’t have Shellac pedicures on the menu, ignorance ends here. The only thing a soak-off-gel-savvy technician needs to know is that hell-yeah, the UV gel lamp that cures the colour on your fingertips can be used to cure the colour on your toes.
The OPI LED UV lamp is genius for soak-off gel pedicures. It has no base, so your technician can just put it over your toes as per the image above, to cure LED-sensitive gel. (Yep, that’s my left foot.)
But if your salon has only CND fluorescent UV lamps… guess what? You, too, can enjoy soak-off gel pedicures! The plate upon which your hand rests inside the lamp comes out. See the above image. Underneath that plate is a mirrorred surface onto which clients can simply slide their toes.
As for removal, the foil method with pure acetone works as well on toes as it does on fingers. Bonus: you’ll still be able to text and email etc. on your phone while you’re soaking off.
Done and done.
*Like “Kleenex,” the word “Shellac” is often used to refer to an entire product category. A “Shellac” pedicure usually means any soak-off gel pedi done with Shellac, OPI GelColor, Artistic Colour Gloss, Gelish, Entity, etcetera.