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Types of Manicures and Pedicures

Types of Manicures and Pedicures, Montreal Manicure

Types of Manicures and Pedicures, Montreal Manicure

Visits to nail salons used to be easier, but now there are so many choices of polish colors and designs for customers to select from. So which is right for you?

To help make your decision simpler, we have listed all of the most sought-after manicure and pedicure services below.

Basic Manicure

A manicure can help maintain healthy nails, cuticles and hands. Plus it makes an excellent pampering treatment. A manicure is beneficial to both women and men alike! At home or at work, everyone notices how your hands look – everyone notices how well-groomed they are!

An basic manicure typically begins by applying and massaging in moisturizing oils, lotions or creams to the hands and then cleaning, shaping and polishing nails using base coat, color coat and top coat products.

Nail salon menus can often be dauntingly overwhelming. We consulted nail experts to understand exactly what each service entails; here are the main types of manicures:

French Manicure

French manicures are an ever-classic look that flatters nails of all shapes and lengths, including acrylic nails. This timeless classic can be customized by adding in trendier colors or nail art designs or even used with acrylic extensions for an extended lasting style statement.

French manicures involve painting clear or pink polish over the base of each nail and applying a white line at its tip with either a nail polish strip or stencil, though freehand methods may also work well.

Get creative by adding contrast colors for the tips or using negative spacing for an eye-catching effect. Traditional looks will always remain in fashion; however, with hands becoming an ever more prominent beauty focus (hello repeated hand washing!), exploring options that add character and flare can only enhance your appearance!

Gel Manicure

If your traditional nail polish chips frequently, a gel manicure could be just what’s needed to prolong its look and keep the color lasting longer. Similar to regular manicures but using UV light to set each coat of polish instead, gel manicures last much longer thanks to lasting color retention and UV lighting technology.

Gel manicures require careful removal; overexposure to UV light is harmful, while picking at your manicure could leave marks or grooves that harbor bacteria and lead to fungal infection. Most salons offer services for this process at home using cotton balls soaked with acetone and wrapped aluminum foil as a barrier against bacteria growth.

Acrylic Full Set

Acrylic nails tend to get a bad rep, but if cared for properly they don’t do more harm than any other form of fake nail. Regular manicures with nail technicians to get fills filled up, removing at the salon when necessary and maintaining clean nails are all key components in their maintenance and upkeep.

To achieve an acrylic manicure, a nail technician applies liquid monomer and powder polymer on the tips or nails of your natural fingernails, then shapes faux tips into any shape you desire before drying under a fan and polishing.

After your base coat has dried, it’s time for color. Nail polishes typically undergo UV curing to create an long-term finish.

Dip Manicure

Dip manicure is the latest trend that’s taking over Instagram feeds – as its name implies, this treatment involves dipping your nails in pigmented powder to achieve long-term manicure results.

Dip manicures have many advantages, including lasting up to a month or longer and looking natural. On the downside, they can sometimes be thick or uneven when compared with gel manicures – neither being as flattering for nail beds as their gel counterpart.

If the salon fails to ensure a sanitary dipping process by providing individual pots of powder rather than scooping directly from its main container, bacterial infections could arise and it’s essential that qualified nail technicians be used.

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