Gel Nails Chandler AZ Noelle Kostraba

Gel Nails By Noelle is Located inside Leidan Mitchell Salon. 2177 W Queen Creek Road Chandler, AZ

By Appointment Only. Call or Text 480 428 9988

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Gel Manicures Fea turing Exclusively Ligh t Elegance Gel Produc ts

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Are you concerned about the safety and quality of the gel manicure products that you put on your body?

You should be. That’s why Light Elegance gel manicure nail products are the highest quality, safest and most responsible nail products on the market.

HEMA-free, 9-free, hypoallergenic, vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free

Hi! I am Noelle. Are you looking for a “gel only” nail tech in Chandler, AZ with a lot of experience who does not use mystery products with toxic chemicals? Are you wanting the look of your own nails, but a better version?  I have been doing natural looking, hard gel nails and gel manicures for over 25 years.

Previously, some of my clients and I had developed an allergy to acrylic. I needed to find a clean, healthy product that was hypoallergenic, with no toxic ingredients.

After a lot of research, I decided on Light Elegance Gel because it is odorless and formulated using oligomers that result in a safe, hypoallergenic product. Over the years, they have added hard gel colors and P+ gel polish. Because of all the different products they have created, there is a safe product for every type of nail.

The Ligh t Elegance Produc t Line

The Light Elegance Lexy Line is where the strength lies. These file-off, building gel products are what I use for extensions and longer overlays. I use Builder, which has a thicker viscosity and Extreme and 1-Step in combination. All these are great products for building strength and shape.

I also use Builder Gel or the soak-off Builder called Jimmy Gel for my Gel X procedure. Gel X is where I use a full length, pre-shaped tip made of gel and adhere it to the natural nail with a builder gel. These are really fun for a wedding or special event where you don’t want to commit to fills. When I use the Jimmy Gel, you can just soak them off whenever you want. Or with the Builder Gel underneath, they can be filled like usual.

Extreme, which is a self leveling builder, is perfect for thinner natural nails and transitioning to gel from acrylic. It comes in natural nail colors so you can hide imperfections and previous damage.

The Jimmy Gel, named after Jim, of course, is a soak-off builder gel. I use this as a base gel for my structured gel manicures where the natural nails need a little more strength but also flexibility. This also gives me the option to soak-off or file. I usually prefer to file for fills as there is less damage to the natural nail if I am not prepping the whole nail every time. A shorter overlay with Jimmy Gel can also be done and it comes in a few base colors to suit all skin tones if you want to wear it alone for a natural look.

The P+ Gel Polish is the most amazing soak-off gel polish ever, with no pull-back at the tip (that’s what sold me) and the glitters are gorgeous.

Gel Nail Menu

Gel X Full Set                      $70

Hard Gel Full Set                 $70

Hard Gel Overlay                $55

Hard Gel Fill                        $50

Structured Manicure          $45

Gel Manicure                        $40

Soak off of Acrylic/Dip        $40

If you want to switch from Acrylic/Dip to Gel, there is a $40.00 charge to take off the previous product.
Gel manicures include a soak-off of gel polish if needed. A new or sanitized file is used on each client. 
All metal implements and files are sanitized in an autoclave.

YourHeal th Ma tters

FAQ

Why are acrylic nails bad for you?

Don’t be fooled, dip IS acrylic, just re-marketed. Acrylic and dip products contain formaldehyde and benzine. These are toxic chemicals called VOCs which are proven carcinogens. Also, most of the acrylic bonding agents contains cyanoacrylate, which is also a known carcinogen. These chemicals also cause a host of other neurological problems and do not belong anywhere near your body.

Another reason is acrylic is not flexible and usually worn much thicker and longer than gel. Therefore, creating painful trauma when you break an acrylic nail because it can very easily split your whole natural nail down low, across your nail plate. Another problem with the hardness is an accident can cause the natural nail to completely pull away off the nail plate. This is a has the potential to cause irreversible damage to your hyponychium (the skin under the nail where the free edge starts) and your natural nail might not ever re-attach. This type of injury is a leading cause of the dreaded fungus infections. 

Are electric files bad for your nails? Maybe, maybe not.

Once in a while you will come across a nail tech who is not trained or very inexperienced using an electric file (e-file/drill/Dremmel). Some states are requiring a certification because in the wrong hands, this can be disastrous. This machine spins at very high RPMs and can do damage to your nails. In my professional opinion, if a client is wary of the e-file, a 100 grit file can be used very gently to prep for hard gel. However, I have seen damage with heavy handed filers as well.

Professional e-files are great tools if used properly. They save time and wear and tear on the nail tech’s body. Additionally, they must be used parallel to the nail to avoid the “red rings of fire”, not at an angle. These can happen when techs use the brown disposable cylinder bits with a heavy hand as they do not have a rounded, smooth tip. These should only be used for taking down acrylic or your dog’s toenails and NOT on the natural nail to prep.

Furthermore, there are different bits for different tasks. The softer, tapered diamond bits are perfect for taking off stuck on cuticle(which makes for less lifting) and prepping the natural nail for a full set or a fill. The nail tech should turn down the speed of the machine for this and use a very light touch. Whereas the larger tapered carbide bits are perfect for taking down hard gel for a fill and should be used at a higher speed to avoid creating gouges in the gel.

I have seen hundreds of clients come in with severe, sometimes bloody nail damage from nail techs and untrained DIYers who are heavy handed, use the wrong bits and don’t pay attention to their angle. 

I am not saying a professional, licensed nail technician with an e-file certification and experience using this type of tool is bad. I am saying as a consumer, you should find reputable nail techs who are informed, concerned about your well-being and will answer your questions.

Health-wise, e-files spin up dust much higher in the air than a standard file, so you might want to wear a mask and make sure your tech uses a vent fan in the nail table to pull in as much dust as possible.

Do gel lamps cause cancer?

There is something else I would like to address. There has been some uninformed chatter around the internet that the gel lamps cause cancer. When my client mentioned this to me, I called Jim (an actual scientist) immediately. I got a thorough, very technical but well explained earful on the science of light spectrum. If you are curious, He made a youtube video series called The Chemist Corner. Here is your science lesson, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Oh – and spoiler alert – gel lamps are perfectly safe.

A Li ttle History

Jim and Lezlie McConnell are the founders of Light Elegance. I spent a lot of time on the phone with both of them. He is the chemist for the company and she, a salon owner and nail tech.

In 1999, Light Elegance was newly launched and I was changing over a full clientele from acrylic to gel. Lezlie was kind enough to send me samples of product to try. They even wanted my feedback. Both of them always had immediate answers to my questions.

This is why I chose this product and company to work with. They truly care about the quality of nail products they produce, the nail techs they serve and their clients. I was convinced that this company was onto something big. 20+ years later, big is an understatement. Their products keep getting voted “best gel manicure nail product” in the nail trade magazines.