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Types of Manicures For Natural Nails

Types of Manicures For Natural Nails, Montreal Manicure

Types of Manicures For Natural Nails, Montreal Manicure

Have you ever found it difficult to decipher a nail salon menu? In order to help guide our decision-making, we consulted expert manicurists regarding the most frequently available manicure services.

Looking for something low maintenance? Consider getting a basic manicure. After prepping nails with cuticle oil and base coat, they are painted using polish of your choice.

Basic Manicure

Basic manicure services often consist of trimming, filing and buffing to keep nails in the best possible shape and prevent hangnails or infection from dirt or bacteria under nails. Regular treatments can help avoid unnecessary hangnails as well as fungal infections under nails.

Reverse French manicure is an elegant alternative to classic nail polish, featuring an attractive crescent moon shape painted in darker hues at the base of each nail. Easy to remove at home without damaging natural nails when applied and removed properly, the reverse French manicure makes an elegant statement about style and chicness!

Kandalec describes polygel nails as the result of crossbreeding between acrylics and gels – they offer strength but flexibility that enables users to sculpt them into any style desired (square, ballerina or coffin). Unfortunately this technique may not be ideal for those with extremely short natural nails as the forms must be placed beneath their nails in order to shape them effectively.

Shellac Manicure

Shellac manicures are an increasingly popular salon option that both last long and look gorgeous. Jan Arnold, co-founder and style director of CND (with clients like Marc Jacobs), touts this hybrid gel/polish combo as more flexible than gel polish – while still imparting natural-looking nails with lasting shine. Furthermore, its rapid drying time means UV lamps cure it faster.

Shellac can last up to 14 days and is easier to remove than gel because it doesn’t require scraping or soaking in acetone. Even though shellac contains polish, its thinner formulation ensures it won’t damage your natural nails as easily.

Just like with any nail color, gel polish should be worn sparingly and regularly use cuticle oil on your nails to maintain fresh-looking hands. As any color may fade under prolonged sunlight exposure, so bring along an SPF product for additional safeguarding when poolside.

Gel Manicure

Gel manicures are the ideal choice for active people or those seeking longer-lasting color, according to Mabelyn Martin of Paintbox in New York. She says they typically last seven days or more without chipping.

An affordable gel manicure entails trimming your nails and cuticles before applying a colored gel coat, then curing it under an ultraviolet light. There is an assortment of gel shades available so it can be tailored to any outfit or mood.

However, gel manicures can be harsh on natural nails. Picking at the color to remove it isn’t good for your nails and can eventually lead to it lifting and flaking off altogether; and overexposure to UV light used to cure nails may lead to thinned and damaged cuticles if left exposed for too long. Therefore, if opting for one make sure your cuticles and nails remain well hydrated by using cuticle oil between appointments.

Acrylic Manicure

Morgan Dixon of Lab & Lounge’s multi-concept beauty salon in New Orleans notes that acrylic manicures are one of the most frequently performed salon nail treatments, strengthening and lengthening natural nails simultaneously.

Acrylic nails are formed from a mixture of liquid monomer and powder polymer that is combined to form a sticky paste that’s then applied over your natural nail. Once on, this acrylic can be shaped as desired, including shaping to look like tips or using nail forms under the nail to extend length.

Your acrylic nails may last several weeks before needing refilling at the salon; as your nails grow longer they must be filled as necessary. Unfortunately, due to being artificial nails they can be more harmful to both nails and skin when removed incorrectly using acetone; thus a gel manicure might be a better choice as its removal requires no prolonged soak with an acid such as vinegar which could potentially harm them further.

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