A gel manicure is a type of manicure that uses a special gel polish and a UV light. A gel manicure lasts longer than a regular manicure because it won't chip for at least 14 days. The manicure results in nails that are not thin and weak and look shiny. The best part is that with the UV light there is little drying time.(No more waiting around, hoping your nails are dry!) The disadvantages are there is not a huge selection of colors, the UV light can be damaging to your skin (just like tanning beds), removal of the polish is hard to do by yourself (soaking or wrapping your nails in acetone) and you may have to go back to the salon and your nails can be weakened after taking them off. Nail companies like Sally Hansen and Sephora by OPI are selling their own gel manicure kits so you can create this look at home.