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Which Manicure Lasts the Longest?

Which Manicure Lasts the Longest?, Montreal Manicure

Which Manicure Lasts the Longest?, Montreal Manicure

Nails have become an essential beauty staple, providing women with an opportunity to explore color or design trends without making long-term and potentially costly commitments. But which manicure stands the test of time? Salon owners, nail techs and beauty writer with firsthand experience share their advice.

Basic nail polish manicures can be the least damaging option available; however, they may still chip or peel and require an extended acetone soak time.


Acrylic nails are composed of liquid monomer and powder polymer that is applied directly onto natural nails to shape into desired nail shapes. Most commonly, this process is used to lengthen nails while adding strength. They require quick drying times and top coat applications – as long as your nail technician uses properly sterilized tools!

These manicures can be decorated with nail art and designs for those who prefer bolder looks. Touch-ups may need to be performed every few weeks depending on your natural nail growth rate; they tend to be the most durable type, though they may chip under stress-inducing activities.

Acrylics’ greatest risk lies in leaving them on too long without receiving regular touch ups, as bacteria can accumulate between your real nail and the acrylic, leading to breakage and damage. In order to keep yourself safe, avoid taking DIY attempts at taking off acrylics at home as this could cause them to detach from your real nails resulting in infection and detachment of product from nails altogether.


If your nails require something with more durability than traditional nail polish, a gel manicure could be your perfect solution. Similar to regular lacquer application, but featuring ingredients that react under UV or LED lighting to harden into an attractive coat with unique shine – a good gel manicure should last three weeks, according to Kandalec.

If you’re considering getting a gel manicure, be sure to visit a salon that specializes in this method. “This approach is much more hygienic than applying nail art or extensions,” according to one professional; only using one small pot per client and disposing of powder after every use; plus it reduces bacteria entering natural nails.

However, this type of manicure can be difficult to remove and may even lead to damage if left on for too long. Therefore, make sure you visit your nail salon regularly and apply cuticle oil daily between appointments to keep nails strong and healthy between visits. Also don’t be afraid to experiment with different manicure methods and see which works best with your lifestyle and nail goals! Each approach comes with its own set of advantages and drawbacks so find what best fits you!

Dip Powder

Dip powder manicures have become increasingly popular, yet their process can still be confusing for clients. Dip powder is an ideal option for clients who desire an acrylic look but dislike curing time associated with gel manicures; typically lasting three weeks–sometimes longer!

Kandalec describes that to achieve a dip powder manicure, you begin by applying a base coat on each nail as with traditional polish, before dipping each in colored powder trays and brushing off excess. Redipping may occur twice or three times depending on desired opacity and intensity levels.

Dip nails are quick, hassle-free and durable compared to other types of manis due to not needing a dry period or UV/LED light for curing; clients should keep this in mind when opting for this form of manicure. But it’s also important for clients to understand that dip manicures may be more susceptible to damage due to resins present in products used. It is therefore advised that clients refrain from activities which put their nails at risk such as typing and using them as tools before consulting a professional when peeling or chipping occurs as this could result in serious nail damage. Picking at it or forcefully trying to take off this type of manicure can result in irreparable nail damage!

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