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‘Builder in a Bottle’ also referred to as just ‘Builder’ or ‘BIAB,’ is a type of gel developed by makers The Gel Bottle to nourish and strengthen nails and promote nail growth. It can be used as a replacement to hard gel extensions or acrylic extensions as it’s used on the natural nail and makes them stronger, allowing them to grow past the client’s natural breaking point. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.
BIAB can be used as a base coat, meaning it goes straight onto the nail bed and bonds it under UV or LED curing, effectively adding another layer to the nail to strengthen it. We can even use two to three coats on weaker nails, which can make the nail virtually indestructible! It can be used as colour as well – all the Builder gels are nude tones – or covered with a gel colour (and nail art!) if the client wants the strength of Builder but not the colour.
Builder gel is removed easily with a soak off as it’s a soft gel, whereas acrylic and hard gel need to be filed to be removed. Builder is also ‘breathable’, which is great for those with weaker nails as cuticle oil can penetrate and reach the nail bed. The Gel Bottle’s website states that it won’t chip or lift – this is due to it being a strengthened gel. It increases flexibility on brittle nails which means they’re much less likely to snap.
We recommend ‘Builder in a Bottle’ to clients who struggle to grow their nails, whether they bite their nails or have weak nail beds. We’ve found manicures using BIAB as the base tend to last about a week longer than manicures using our normal gel base coat. We don’t offer hard gel or acrylic extensions as we don’t need to when the BIAB is used to improve our client’s nails naturally. All staff use it as well which is the ultimate testimonial.