What are Light Concept Nails?

Niki Foster
Niki Foster

Light Concept Nails (LCN) are a cosmetic fingernail product manufactured by German company Wilde Cosmetics. An alternative to acrylics, they are made of a gel-like, light cured resin. They are safer, more natural in appearance, and more durable than acrylic nail products, and they are non-porous, so they protect the natural nail and do not discolor over time.

Light Concept Nails can be much more expensive than regular nail polish.
Light Concept Nails can be much more expensive than regular nail polish.

The resin used to make Light Concept Nails originated as a dental product created by Wilde Dental, founded in 1915. In 1985, LCN hit the cosmetics market. The product is currently only available in salons, as experienced technicians are required to apply it. It is first applied as a gel to the fingernails, then the nails are placed in a light unit for two minutes to cure, or harden. Unlike acrylics, there are no harsh chemicals or unpleasant odors involved in the application.

Customers also have the option of getting permanent French manicures done.
Customers also have the option of getting permanent French manicures done.

Part of the durability of Light Concept Nails comes from their flexibility, which prevents cracking and breakage. They are best for people who wish to keep their natural nails, as other products, particularly acrylic, can damage the natural nail over time. LCN gel is available in a variety of colors. A clear coat provides a natural look, but the customer can also choose to have permanently colored nails, such as a permanent French manicure. Maintenance applications are required every three to four weeks at least.

Light Concept Nails should be applied to clean, neat nails.
Light Concept Nails should be applied to clean, neat nails.

Many consumers believe that Light Concept Nails are the best cosmetic nail product on the market, although there are other gel nail products. However, they are very expensive, especially when compared to regular nail polish. It can also be difficult to find salons that provide the product, and it can take years for technicians to master the application process. This can be a particular problem for people who need a reapplication if they are not near the salon where they originally had their nails applied.

People who are considering using this nail product should make sure that they are getting their money's worth. The salon should have an experienced technician, and the LCN product should be visible. If the technician uses gel out of unmarked pots, chances are he or she is using a different, cheaper gel product. Many consumers feel that this particular brand is well worth the extra expense if applied well.

There are no harsh chemicals or unpleasant odors involved in the application of Light Concept Nails.
There are no harsh chemicals or unpleasant odors involved in the application of Light Concept Nails.
Niki Foster
Niki Foster

In addition to her role as a wiseGEEK editor, Niki enjoys educating herself about interesting and unusual topics in order to get ideas for her own articles. She is a graduate of UCLA, where she majored in Linguistics and Anthropology.

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Someone mentioned toe application with LCN. Yes they have products just for toes. Call LCN and they can tell you the salons in your area that have recently ordered from them. Good luck. I am a NJ tech who uses it and I love the product!


In Naples, FL --- Irene at Roberto of Italy -- she is great!


Does anyone know where to get LCN nails in Toronto or even better Oakville? I just moved there from the UK and would love to have my LCN nails back.


I know of two nail salons I go to during the (I live in Philly) only that does good LCN correctly.

One is For Your Nails and the other is Alpha Nails. They do really good LCN either freehand or with a cutter, depending on if it's a pink or pink and white fill. Apparently, they are the same owners! Found out after I overheard a customer talking about their other shop a couple blocks down towards seaside!

One that does horrible nails is JK nails that's in between the two nail salons above. They used a fake LCN product in a real LCN jar that was real old and beat up! I only found out after the shading of the pink was slightly different shades of pink!

Avoid the JK nails like the plague!


after reading that, I think I am going to get LCN nails done knowing that they are better than gel nails, that I have been using for the past three years.


Does anyone know a salon that does LCN nails in NYC? It seems impossible to find anyone!


I live in the Palm Springs, CA area and was told by a salon in the area that they don't carry LCN products here. I have had them done in NJ, but now have to revert to acrylic under Light Elegance, which are the products they carry in this area. I'd rather use just gel nails, but the LE aren't as durable as LCN. Please advise as to where I can find an LCN salon close by.


Dear S.E.: I am also looking for an LCN salon/manicurist in Naples Fl. Did you receive any responses?


I'm looking for a salon that use Light Concept Nails in Hamburg, NJ. I have been to many of the salons in the area all claiming they use LCN product but it's not!

Ginny - Hamburg, NJ


I have my LCN gel nails done in New Jersey. Can you give me the name of a salon in Palm Beach Florida that does gel maintenance using LCN products? Thanks.


I got LCN's last week and I have to say that I love them. They are a little thick at the tip and I would like a curve, but otherwise they are great. I don't even know that they are there.


I live in the Philadelphia area and am willing to travel to Nj to try this system. I know one of the posters was from Nj. Can somebody give me a list of salons for my area. It's hard to find them online. Thanks in advanced!


I am looking for a salon in the Baltimore area that does LCN. Can anyone help with this request?


My mom is visiting me from ca and we need to find someone who can properly apply to her nails. She is allergic to everything else. Help, help, help. I live in cedar rapids iowa. Thanks, sf


LCN is the only product I will use, I have been in the business for over 20 yrs and have tried every gel product available to date.

No matter how much I try to save money (LCN is a very expensive product) I always resort right back to my LCN after the trials of others, you do get what you pay for and I have yet to see a product with the same application and over all quality of LCN. I will continue to use them.

Tammy, NJ


Is LCN an option for use when toenails have been surgically removed as well as the nail bed?


What distributor in the Charlotte market carries Light Concepts?


I have had gel nails for 17 years and I get compliments often telling me that my nails are beautiful. People think they are my own (which they are) only with the gel on top. I love them.


My mom gets LCN's all the time! She is really happy with them!


I also moved to Hilton Head and am looking for a salon in the savannah area.


I love LCN's. I just had them done the other day. I love them. No drilling, no dangerous chemicals!!


The Nail School in Charlotte, has LCN's. And students need practice. So try that place. The Mango Tree Salon in Cornelius, also has LCN's.


I had LCNs when I lived in New Jersey. I moved to Charlotte, NC, and I cannot find a LCN Salon. Any ideas? Thanks so much!


I had my nails done in NYC and want to find salons in Charleston or Savannah area. Thanks.


LCN is a great product I have been using it for a long time in ohio. I have great luck with it and everyone loves it!!


Where can I find a LCN salon in Southern Cal, specifically in the Pasadena area?


Please let me know what nail salons in Naples, Florida and Toronto, Canada use the LCN product.

Thank you. S.E.

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