Types of Manicures You Can Get at Your Local Nail Salon
No matter your experience level when it comes to nail polish, there are lots of choices out there for both novices and experts alike. To provide an overview of leading manicure types we consulted salon owners, nail techs, and one beauty writer with extensive firsthand knowledge.
At one time, manicures were relatively straightforward: basic polish would be applied over filed nails and finished off with a glossy top coat. Today’s nail salons provide more personalized options that enable customers to express themselves by exploring new color or nail art trends without making long-term financial investments.
No matter your hand care goals or style preferences, there’s likely a manicure available that is the ideal fit. To help find your ideal shade and type, we consulted experts across the beauty industry to break down eight types of manicures: hard gel to paraffin manicures. Here is everything you need to know about choosing the ideal manicures for your nails.
Acrylic nails offer a wide variety of colors and designs for anyone seeking longer-than-natural nails. Applying it directly onto natural nails with either tip or form application are the two methods used by nail tech and salon owner Julie Kandalec for applying these manicures, according to Julie. A basic manicure includes nail cleaning, shaping and polishing with the color of your choice before nail art can be added on for an additional price.
This type of nail service requires soaking your hands in acetone and applying hard gel polish without needing to file off, helping “minimize damage to natural nails,” according to her. Additionally, its composition allows it to break apart when exposed to remover making removal much simpler – typically taking around 20 minutes per set of acrylics.
A gel manicure applies polish directly onto natural nails and is cured using LED or UV lights, similar to regular manicures where nails are filed and shaped, cuticles pushed back and two coats of color applied before being sealed under LED or UV lights for curing. While regular polish lasts three to seven days longer than its gel equivalent.
Kandalec asserts that this style does not cause damage to nails when done correctly; however, as with any long-lasting product it’s essential to rehydrate nails between polish changes in order to prevent dryness or brittleness of cuticle oil application and avoid dryness or brittleness of cuticle beds.
This type of manicure utilizes polymers composed of acrylate and methacrylate monomers to produce artificial nails, similar to acrylic but less damaging if performed by an experienced salon and removed properly.
A sculpted manicure is an acrylic-based nail that can be shaped to any shape desired by its client without using plastic tips, providing a lighter feel and more natural appearance than traditional tips that add extra weight to their product.
Sculpted nails can add length, balance, or repair damaged short or uneven nails. They can be designed in any shape such as square, stiletto, or coffin nails for maximum effect.
Sculpted nails should not have any detrimental impact on your natural nail health as long as they are applied and removed properly by a trained nail technician. In order to prevent infections, make sure that your salon implements stringent cleanliness practices and always uses clean tools.
Silk Tip Manicure
Silk nails add strength and durability to natural nails. A manicurist will buff the surface of each nail to prepare a smooth base for wrapping before applying adhesive and color. You can select the length and design of your extension nails at this point.
This manicure uses ivory shades that blend in seamlessly with the appearance of natural nails, while your manicurist may airbrush or brush the polish onto your nails for an airbrushed effect. This type of manicure typically lasts one week or longer without harming nails as long as it’s removed correctly and you can find a certified salon offering this service by using CND’s salon finder tool.