All around the world, women know the importance of beautiful looking nails as they are a reflection of you, how you handle yourself and your style. You can let the world know a little about yourself based on the type of manicure you decide to rock. And the most exciting part about having your nails done is that it is so easy to change! One day you can wear a bold red and the next a classic French tip.
Ensuring a beautiful manicure starts with taking care of your nails. There are many products that have been formulated for nail health and beauty and I hope the following breakdown of some of them will assist you.
First there are the shellac nails which hit the market in 2010 and were created by creative nail Design Company. They are applied like normal nail polish after a manicure. The big difference is they will stay for weeks without getting chipped and the only time you might want to remove them is when your nail really grows. Unlike other products, no sculpting is needed. Just cure the shellac under UV rays and that’s it. Shellac is good for people with tight schedules who have no time to keep visiting the salon. And don’t many of us fall under that category?
Acrylic nails are another popular type of nail design. Acrylic nails are an extension of natural nails and one cannot tell the difference between it and a natural nail when done. Tips are stuck with glue at the end of your nail then the whole nail is coated with acrylic. Finally, the acrylic nails are buffed and shaped. The tips come in various designs and colors. Acrylic nail powders are used to produce interesting effects on the finished nail. The advantage of acrylic nails is that they can conceal bad and damaged nails. They also prevent nail breakages and biting. These nails however should not be used over extended periods as they may derail nail growth or cause bacterial infections.
Other awesome nails to have are gel nails. They are similar to acrylics only that they are premixed. There are no-light gels and light cured gels. The no light gels use a gel activator to harden/cure the nail. Placing your hands under UV rays for a short time cures the light cured gels. You might be wondering: Where is the major difference between gel and acrylic nails? Here are some differences that might help you decide which manicure type is best for you:
- Gel nails have a quicker application time than acrylic nails
- Acrylic nails are cheaper than gel nails
- Gel nails are glossier and have a more natural look
- Acrylic nails last longer than gels
Crystal nails are enhancements from clear gel or acrylic with sculpted or colorless tips. They also have crystals, which of course makes them more costly. Crystal nails are the perfect choice for those very special occasions.
Another product that has taken the market by storm is gel nail polish. The method of application is similar to that of regular polish with the added step of setting the nail polish under a UV lamp. Gel nail polish gives the look and feel of a standard manicure yet lasts up to 4 times longer. The added benefits of this polish are its versatility, rapid drying and it doesn’t become dull, smudge or chip easily.
Having read all the differences, advantages and short comings of these different manicure techniques, you must be wondering where you can check them out. One great option is the award winning nails inc. It’s the ultimate nail house located in London with sixty stores all over the United Kingdom which serve about ten thousand clients weekly! The company boasts of fast services, vast designs of nail art and a galaxy of nail polishes. Nails inc has opened outlets in France, Singapore, the US, Hong Kong and the middle east. So pop in to the nearest outlet and I’m sure you will be wowed.