This will be the third and final installment in my series on organizing nail supplies, but the subject of this post is more centered around troubleshooting.
As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s really very important to keep your supplies out of the UV light. This is true particularly for gel polish since IT WILL cure in the bottle over time. While you might have stored your regular polish on a rack on the wall, that shouldn’t be your go-to storage space for Gelish.
But let’s say you go to use a bottle of Gelish and, for whatever reason, it’s become thick and globby. What can you do to rescue it? Here are some troubleshooting ideas, based on my experience.
- First, is your polish bottle cold? Has it been in a cold room for weeks? If so, try warming it up to room temperature naturally, with the lid closed. You can do this quickly by placing the bottle in warm (not hot!) water for a few minutes. If you’re in the salon, it’s a good habit to allow the client to pick a color as soon into the service as possible (or better yet, while they are waiting). Then you can put the bottle they chose in a bowl of warm water or even on your chair, under your thigh, to warm it up while you are removing the old polish and doing your prep work. DO NOT microwave the bottles or put them on an oven or broiler.
- Try agitating the bottle of polish for several minutes by hand (roll it between your hands; shaking only adds air bubbles) or with a paint shaker. I have a Robart Hobby Paint Shaker at home that I ordered from Amazon, and it seems to work really well.
If the issue with your polish is simply that the formula has begun to separate inside the bottle, this should fix the problem.
- Finally, you can try a gel polish-specific thinner. The brand I have tried is a couple times is LeChat Gelös Gel Thinner, and it does thin the polish by adding more clear gel, it seems. However, I was only able to rescue 1 out of 4 bottles of Gelish that had become too thick so I can’t give it an honest review yet.
What problems have you had with organizing or storing gel polish? Comment below!