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Nine Types of Manicures

Nine Types of Manicures, Montreal Manicure

Nine Types of Manicures, Montreal Manicure

When it comes to manicures, the beauty industry has changed considerably over time. Gone are the days of inferior nail polish and Lee press-ons; now there is an array of high-end brands and salon-grade techniques available.

No matter your style – from quick and easy to long-term – there’s an ideal manicure out there that fits. While all manicures may cause damage to nails, some types are less damaging than others.

Basic

Basic manicure services typically include nail trimming and shaping, cuticle care, hand massage, standard polish application and short pamper sessions that last up to three days. It’s a cost-effective and fast way of pampering yourself that provides lasting pleasure!

An annual manicure can help keep nails healthy and prevent them from becoming ingrown, as well as remove dead skin cells that could otherwise contribute to nail fungus.

Manicures can improve physical health by increasing circulation in both hands and feet, which is especially crucial during winter when poor circulation can cause numbness and swelling of fingers and toes. Furthermore, their spa-like experience provides stress relief which has positive impacts on both mind and body.

Hard Gel

Hard gel (also referred to as traditional or UV gel) is thick and can be applied using either a brush or bead. Once on natural nails, it must then be cured under either LED or UV lights before use.

Cardi B’s stiletto heels to more modest oval forms can all be created using this material, and used to attach nail art and decorations. Furthermore, its strength helps extend its longevity.

Like other gel formulas, this one can be damaged through improper removal (soak-off acetone can dehydrate nails while filing or buffing too much can weaken natural nails) or by failing to provide adequate homecare, such as regularly applying oil rehydrator.

Shellac

Shellac is made from resin secreted by female lac bugs that feed from trees in India and Thailand. Once fertilized by male bugs, these lac-secreting females die and decompose, leaving behind enough lac for entrepreneurs to harvest for nail salon use.

Shellac nail polish dries quickly and requires no dry time for application. Nail technicians apply a base coat, two coats of color and topcoat before curing under an LED light for curing purposes.

Arnold asserts that professional shellac manicures shouldn’t damage natural nails when removed using appropriate methods and removal processes; however, improper at-home removal techniques could result in irreparable harm.

Acrylic

Acrylic nails are created from a mixture of liquid monomer and powder polymer that’s applied as a thick blob to your nails and then shaped. Acrylics provide a protective shield for natural nails while remaining transparent to allow colors, patterns and nail art to be added over the top.

Gel manicures often get a bad rep for damaging natural nails, but according to Lee “if performed by a licensed technician and filled regularly by your nail technician, they shouldn’t be any worse than nail polish.” Furthermore, regular usage of moisturizer and cuticle oil should help ensure optimal performance of these treatments.

Make an impressionful impression with anything from a classic french manicure to something more elaborate like one covered with sparkling stones.

Paraffin

Paraffin waxes contain hydrocarbons which moisturize both your skin and nails, heal hangnails and open pores to release toxins from your system. Your manicurist dipped your hands in the melted wax to cover them with warm towels so the wax could set properly.

Hot wax helps increase blood flow to the skin and hands, relieving muscle stiffness and joint pain while soothing muscle spasms and stiffness, according to physical therapist and strength coach Dr. Keith Kantor. Additionally, hot wax may even assist in relieving symptoms related to fibromyalgia or arthritis.

However, it should not be used by those suffering from varicose veins or high blood pressure, and may irritate skin allergies to petroleum-based products. It should also not be recommended for diabetics.

Sculpted

Hands are an essential aspect of beauty and manicures are an effective way to experiment with new nail colors or design trends without committing. Here, salon owners, nail techs and one beauty writer who has tried them all share the pros and cons of nine popular manicure options.

Bio Sculpture nails nail artist Brittney Boyce says this technique provides more natural looking nails with easier removal than tip applications. Nails can be customized to the client’s natural nail shape (flat or extremely curved nails require oval shapes) without using plastic tips, providing infinite length customization possibilities without use of plastic tips.

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