We hope that it’s not the case, but if your salon lacks air conditioning, you might be in for a rough ride when the summer heat hits, and you will definitely need to take preventive measures to provide proper work conditions. First up on the list is protecting your equipment and the materials you use from sunlight. This is exponentially important in the summer heat, as the sneaky sunlight can unleash its curing effect on your hard gels, which is the least bit desirable – just imagine a brush that you dipped into hard gel then left it completely exposed to sunlight, resulting in rock-solid bristles and a brush you won’t be able to use anytime soon.
Make sure you do not expose any of your materials to sunlight for extended periods of time – it’s best to put everything you’re not using at the moment into a drawer or any other storage compartment. Keeping your builder gels on a shelf, even if they’re unexposed to sunlight and even if you have a dust collector on deck, is not advised, as dust can settle on the bottles, resulting in a dirty, untidy look.
Since nail gels are sensitive to temperature changes, you shouldn’t store them below 10 degrees Celsius in the winter, and should always keep in mind that even the hardest builder gels get softer at temperatures over 23 degrees Celsius. Due to the latter fact, materials cure faster in the summertime, which can expose your client to the dreaded burning sensation during the curing process. To avoid this undesirable scenario, cure your client’s nails in dimmed UV/LED light for 25-30 seconds (e.g. do not place your client’s hands directly into the lamp), then continue curing as per usual.
When the summer heat hits, use the two-bottle technique. Keep one bottle of gel in the fridge, and one in use. When you’re done with a set of nails, put the gel you’ve been using into the fridge (fridge temperature should not exceed 10 degrees Celsius), and take the other one out so that by the time your next client arrives at the salon, its temperature will be perfect for use. Contrary to popular belief, nails sculpted from refrigerated gel are not brittle at all. In case there’s no fridge in the salon you’re working at, a cooler will also do the job.
Another way to avoid material overheating is to use Cool Gel. Cool Gel provides easy spreading, and, more importantly, is less sensitive to temperature changes and thus prevents heat spikes.