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The Russian Manicure Also Known As a Dry Manicure

The Russian Manicure Also Known As a Dry Manicure, Montreal Manicure

The Russian Manicure Also Known As a Dry Manicure, Montreal Manicure

Russian Manicures differ from both traditional and gel manicures in that they also include removal of cuticle and exfoliation, with your nail technician using an electronic file like those used for acrylics to open up your eponychium and remove cuticle for an impeccable trim.

Process should be safe if performed by professional nail technicians who adhere to stringent sterilization protocols.

Cuticle Removal

Traditional manicures typically involve using water-soaked nails files and pushers to trim cuticles, while Russian manicures use an electronic filer to gently exfoliate your nail bed and eponychium (where your nail meets skin at its base). This process takes place fingernail by fingernail with expert nail technicians trained in how to do so properly without damaging nails.

Nail artists say clients rarely switch back to traditional techniques after trying this new approach for several sessions with this technique.

Although many beauty trends can be controversial, Russian manicures offer a safe solution that emphasizes healthy nail care with an emphasis on healthy color. Unlike acrylic nails popularly seen here in America, Russian manicures do not involve toxic gels or glues for nail strengthening and look more natural-looking than standard gel polish manicures.


At regular manicures, nail technicians may cut or push back your cuticles – pinkish soft tissue underneath your nails that protects it – which allows bacteria, fungus and other pathogens into your nail bed, potentially leading to infections or bleeding. Doing this exposes you to risks.

Russian Manicure involves your nail specialist using an electronic file with a miniature e-file headpiece to carefully and efficiently trim away excess cuticle skin underneath your nails, without inflaming or damaging the plate itself. This prevents hangnail-like skin from regrowing after your manicure has ended – prolonging its lasting beauty!

Russian Manicure requires special cuticle care, so for optimal results it is wise to only visit a nail technician who has undergone specific training and sterilizes their tools. Furthermore, using cuticle oil regularly and moisturizing hands regularly will extend its effects for weeks while supporting healthy nails. And don’t forget a pedicure!

Base Coat

Few manicure techniques focus as closely on nail cuticle care as Russian manicure. This European-influenced treatment has grown increasingly popular here, though it does require special training and sterilized equipment in order to be performed successfully. According to Angelina Khasanova of Gilded Ritual Nail Salon in TriBeCa, clients who opt for this form of treatment could see their nails last up to four weeks longer than usual!

At the start of a manicure session, a technician uses an electric file to open up and remove excess skin on eponychiums and open pores on feet. She claims that in the hands of an experienced nail technician this does not harm nails but instead can actually strengthen and condition them for healthier growth and prevent hangnails by keeping the nails hydrated. Once this step has been completed, she applies limited edition base coat to prepare them for polishing before sealing it with top coat for an enduring manicure experience.


Kendall Jenner’s manicurist shared an Instagram photo of Kendall’s tortoiseshell nails that stood out not just because of their vibrant hue or intricate design, but because her cuticle area looked spotless and neat; that was because Kendall was getting a Russian manicure, an approach which places health before beauty when giving manicures.

At this treatment, a nail technician uses an electric file to open and smooth out eponychium (the thickened layer at the base of your fingers and toenails), remove any excess cuticle, apply limited edition base coat, apply gel polish using an artist brush, then seal it off with top coat.

Russian manicures take much longer than regular manicures because each nail must be individually treated. Malikova emphasizes the importance of hiring only trained professionals from Profi Nails, an education provider dedicated exclusively to Russian manicures, who have also completed an in-house exam and certification test before receiving their certificates.

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