What is BIAB?
BIAB – which stands for builder in a bottle – also known as builder gel is a range of strengthening gel products that are applied to the natural nail, much in the same way regular gel polishes are, but it has a thicker consistency that improves the nail’s strength. That added protection enables nails to grow steadily and lessens the chances of snapping or breakage.
What’s the difference between BIAB and gel or shellac?
BIAB is ultimately still a gel product but with a thicker consistency. When it cures under the lamp, it creates a harder and more durable finish than regular gel polish. Generally BIAB comes in a smaller range of colours (mostly pale and pastel shades of pinks and purples), but you can apply any other gel polish over a clear BIAB base if you want to, meaning you can still go all out with nail art and bright neons if you fancy.
How long does BIAB last?
There are so many variables here, for example: the length of the natural nails underneath, how nails are treated once the manicure is done, whether the recommended aftercare is done properly (which usually includes regularly applying cuticle oil, not submerging hands in warm water for long periods of time and not using nails as tools). However, for the average person, we’d expect most would be able to go around two to three weeks between appointments, when BIAB can be removed and reapplied.
What’s the best way to remove BIAB?
BIAB can be soaked off just like regular gel polish. Its thicker consistency means it takes slightly longer to remove, but soaking it in acetone softens and breaks down the bonding to allow it to be removed safely and without damaging the natural nail. It goes without saying, but don’t ever pick off gel, BIAB or acrylic because you risk peeling away layers of the natural nail, causing thin, brittle and sensitive nails that have to be grown out.