How to Choose Between the Different Types of Manicures
No matter if it’s your regular visit or just something special, choosing the appropriate type of manicure can be daunting. From gel, acrylic and shellac manicures, dip powder techniques or even sculpted nail art options available – selecting your ideal type can be tough!
This article will assist in selecting the best option to meet your individual needs and goals.
Gel manicures use three layers of polish (base, colour and top coat) applied in layers and then cured under UV or LED lights for a chip-free finish lasting two weeks. A popular alternative to acrylics, gel manicures are safer on your natural nails provided they’re applied by someone knowledgeable.
Rehydrating your nails between polishes is crucial, and picking at or allowing your gel mani to peel or rip off can cause irreparable damage over time, leaving them brittle and thin over time. Furthermore, do not soak them in acetone at home as this can dry out and weaken natural nails.
Acrylic nails have become synonymous with thick French tips and delicate flowers, making it one of the classic looks for nails. Composed of powder polymer and liquid monomer resins, acrylics are used to form artificial nail moulds on natural nails by molding them over. Once set air-curing takes over and hardening occurs.
Gel polish may be harder to apply, but is an excellent option for those seeking long-lasting and easy removal using acetone. Unfortunately, they may make typing more challenging or damage natural nails if improperly removed and worn off.
Experts advise using cuticle oil daily, refraining from using your nails as tools and scheduling regular infill appointments – these practices will help ensure healthy and strong nails.
A basic manicure from our salon menu, this service puts the health of your natural nails first with an application of nail polish that can easily be removed at home. Service includes trimming, shaping and cuticle maintenance as well as two coats of polish application with optional hand massage included as a perk.
An ever-popular choice among clients looking for regular nail color change, a basic polish manicure typically lasts three to four weeks with regular remover treatments at home. Perfect for clients with strong, short or moderate length nails naturally. Ventura recommends adding paraffin wax treatments for an additional $20-40 cost for additional nail health benefits.
Buff & Shine
A buff and shine manicure uses a multi-sided buffer to smooth nails while adding gloss. It can be performed alone or alongside nail polish. While not as harsh on natural nails than other forms of manicures, frequent application could lead to their thinning out over time.
“This manicure provides a basic, classic look using either gel or traditional polish, says Kandalec. Generally easy on nails but may require more upkeep due to chipping quickly, you may also add in extra pampering like cuticle treatments and hand massages if desired. Perfect for those who prefer natural looking natural looks that last; includes soak off removal with non-acetone polish remover.
A classic French manicure is a mainstay of beauty salon services. While its white-tipped nail looks traditional and clean, there are various variations available to those seeking something more adventurous and original.
TikTok trend: French Nail Art
Nail art is an ever-evolving industry, meaning new styles and techniques are being introduced all of the time. If you’re ready to try something different, speak to your nail technician about any emerging trends or techniques. Kandalec advises following various artists – ceramicists or tattooists for instance – so as to be inspired by their techniques and incorporate them into your own design ideas.