Different Types of Manicure Treatment
Manicures can be an enjoyable way to indulge in some much-needed self-care, but with so many choices out there it can be challenging deciding which is the ideal one for you.
So to assist with this decision-making process, we enlisted nail experts to outline all of the various manicure treatments you have at your disposal.
Manicures are an ideal way to ensure the health and style of both hands, without risking costly or irreparable damage to them. A manicure gives you an opportunity to test out new colors and nail trends without incurring significant expense or permanent harm.
An introduction to manicure services: trimming, shaping, filing and buffing your nails will all be covered in this basic service, along with hand massage, cuticle oil application and standard nail polish application.
Polygel is a hard gel that doesn’t require soaking and is said to be more flexible than acrylics. The polish can be sculpted into various shapes and sizes before curing under an LED light for long-wearing results that come off easily at home – ideal for someone seeking an acrylic manicure but wanting something less damaging. Polygel manicures may also offer reduced damage to natural nails!
Gel nails require UV light curing in order to lock their color onto natural nails and remain chip-free for weeks after application.
Manicure processes themselves can damage nails, as can improper application and removal methods. According to Mar Y Sol – who provides Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner with their glossy manicures – nail preparation for manicures is vitally important to their wellbeing.
As a guideline, nail technicians should never file or buff nails and must always use 100% acetone soak. Furthermore, it’s advisable to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen when doing household tasks such as dish-washing or taking long baths as UVA/UVB rays can contribute to premature skin aging on hands.
Acrylic nails are created by mixing liquid monomer and powder polymer into a sticky paste that is applied directly onto natural nail plates or extensions, then sculpted and shaped using fake nail tips into their desired length or shape.
Gel nails are applied from a small pot of goo, then cured under UV lights. Removing gel nails is simple – simply soak the nails for 10 minutes in acetone solution and they can be removed manually by hand.
Dip nails offer the perfect compromise between acrylics and regular polish applications – they offer durability without taking as long to do! A dip manicure entails first painting your nails with basecoat, before being dipped in powdered colours of your choosing before finally drying completely.
A classic and feminine French manicure is timeless and iconic, perfect for any nail length and color choice, especially pastel tones.
Baby pink stripes on a French manicure offer an eye-catching way to add softness and femininity. No matter their length, this classic look complements most outfits beautifully.
No matter the type of manicure you select, its process always starts with nail prep. This may include trimming cuticles and removing old polish before buffing nails to smooth surfaces for white polish tips to be added later. Once complete, a top coat should be applied – then it’s time to show off your new look!
TikTok users have taken notice of a new nail polish technique known as Brazilian manicure for its (supposedly) long-term finish. As its name implies, this involves painting not just your nails but also their surrounding skin with polish.
Messy business? No doubt; that’s on purpose: stylists paint in and outside of the lines to ensure complete coverage, then remove any extra polish with a boxwood stick coated with cotton saturated in acetone.
Home nail care can be accomplished easily, yet some might find the process too messy for their taste. Plus, according to one recent study5, sharing nail equipment increases risk of Hepatitis C infection significantly.5