Good news for manicure enthusiasts in Pittsburgh! BIAB nails, the latest trend in durable and healthy manicures, are now available at Lotus Nail Studio in Shadyside. If you’ve been looking for a manicure option that lasts longer and causes less damage to your natural nails, BIAB nails might be just what you need.

Since I started getting BIAB nails at Lotus Nail Studio, my nails have never looked better! They last longer than regular gel manicures and my natural nails feel stronger and healthier. Plus, the process is quick and gentle.


What are BIAB Nails? 

BIAB stands for Builder in a Bottle, a revolutionary type of manicure gel that combines the best features of gel and shellac. BIAB nails offer a durable, long-lasting finish that doesn’t damage your natural nails as much as traditional gels or shellac. According to BIAB expert and cosmetician Sonja Landtrachtinger, BIAB gel is a middle ground between gel and shellac and hardens under a UV lamp, making it a versatile option for nail enthusiasts.

How are BIAB Nails Different? 

Traditional gel manicures often require filing off, which can thin and damage your nails over time. Shellac, while easier to remove, typically lasts only about two weeks. BIAB nails address these issues by integrating both primer and bonding agent into one bottle, reducing the number of steps needed for application. This results in a manicure that adheres exceptionally well and can last from three to five weeks without damage. Plus, BIAB is vegan and cruelty-free.

How Long Do BIAB Nails Last?

BIAB nails grow out with your natural nails and can last between three to five weeks before needing a refill or removal. This makes them a convenient and low-maintenance option for those looking for long-lasting manicures.

Should You Try BIAB Nails?

BIAB nails are suitable for anyone, with numerous nude and natural shades, there’s a color for everyone. You can also apply regular nail polish or shellac over a nude-colored BIAB gel if you want more variety. Additionally, BIAB gel is known for helping with issues like nail biting and brittle nails, making it a great option for those looking to improve their nail health.

How is BIAB Gel Applied? 

How is BIAB Gel Applied? The application process for BIAB nails differs slightly from traditional gel or shellac manicures. Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  1. Preparation: The nail is prepared, and the cuticle is gently removed. 
  2. Filing: The top, shiny layer of the nails is gently roughened to help the gel adhere better. 
  3. Application: The BIAB gel is applied directly to the nail without a base coat. 
  4. Curing: The gel is cured under a special BIAB UV lamp 
  5. Topcoat: A topcoat is applied to seal and add shine. 
  6. Finishing Touches: Any last nail bits are filed away for a smooth finish.

Ready to experience the benefits of BIAB nails for yourself? Visit Lotus Nail Studio in Shadyside, Pittsburgh, and give your nails the care they deserve. Book your appointment now by clicking the button below!