What Manicure is Most Damaging to Nails?
Manikures are one of the most popular nail treatments among women, but not all manicures are equal; some could damage your natural nails.
1. Basic Manicure
Nail manicures can be relaxing experiences, but it’s essential to remember the need for proper nail care. Certain chemicals found in polishes may damage natural nails while certain colors could stain them permanently. Plus, using the wrong type of nail polish remover could strip away your polish altogether and ruin the experience!
An essential manicure includes cuticle work, trimming and filing as well as light buffing; additional services may include hand massage.
Gel manicures offer an advanced take on traditional manicures, using similar nail prep but applying special polish that cures under UV light for speed and durability. A gel manicure can last up to three weeks with careful application – however it may chip more frequently and require touch ups more often than regular polish.
2. Acrylic Manicure
Acrylic nails are artificial nail extensions available in an array of shapes and colors that can be customized using nail art. Popular among those who enjoy painting their nails for long-term color, acrylic can also damage natural nails if not prepared and cured properly; according to Rose, acrylic can damage its surface leaving rough removal edges as well as lead to brittleness after removal if not managed appropriately.
She suggests visiting a reputable salon that utilizes high-quality products, while moisturizing your nails twice a day to help heal any damage caused by acrylics. Gel polish may be less damaging, yet proper application must still be carried out to avoid chipped manicures – this means spreading out the color evenly without picking at it!
3. Nail Wraps or Stickers
Nail wrap and sticker looks are currently popular trends, due to their easy application. Nail wraps or stickers can be applied using base coat or directly onto bare nails and come in various designs such as geometric patterns, intricate nail art or basic solid colors for maximum impact.
To apply nail wraps, start by prepping your nails with an acetone-free polish remover before laying on an adhesive and carefully applying a wrap. A topcoat may extend its longevity but this step is optional.
These manicures make an excellent quick fix when away from home, since no UV light machine or harsh remover need be brought with. Plus, these treatments are healthier for both your nails and the environment than gel manicures which involve harsh chemicals and UV exposure.
4. Press-On Nails
Press-on nails provide an easy and cost-effective solution to getting manicured. Perfect for people who find painting their nails challenging or who just want a change from time to time, press-on nails provide the ideal way to update any look quickly and affordably.
Senior commerce writer Erika Reals recommends this Static Nails set for its cute design, whimsical aesthetic, and ease of application – including 24 nails, dual nail filer/buffer, cuticle stick, and nail glue!
Remember to always carefully apply and remove press-on nails as they could potentially damage your natural nails if not applied or removed correctly. To reduce risk, it may be beneficial to limit their usage to special events only, giving your natural nails time off in between uses.
5. Airbrush Manicure
An airbrush manicure is a popular nail treatment that employs a special machine to spray a fine mist of color onto nails, creating intricate motifs or gradients and even 3-D art designs on them.
This type of manicure stands out as being one of the gentlest for natural nails and requires less maintenance and drying time compared to other forms.
However, manicures come with their own set of risks: UV light can expose the tops of your nails for up to three minutes while drying, and trimming your cuticles during a manicure could allow bacteria and germs into your body through your nails causing infection and possibly leading to future skin diseases like fungus or cancer.