The mushrooming of nail art trends that recently has stolen attention has no doubt triggered the emergence of many designs and types of manicures. Well, if previously published articles about popular nail designs, now I’m back to present a list of types of manicures that can guide you to get the best type of manicure. Come on, see!
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1. Regular Lacquer
Regular lacquer is a common manicure that uses regular nail polish with a solid color. The process of making it is also fairly easy, it can even be done at home through the stages of cleaning the cuticles, filing, and shaping the nails. Then proceed with the application of a base coat, two to three coats of nail polish, then a top coat.
How to remove it is also easy, namely, dip your finger in nail polish remover or soak a cotton pad with acetone and then wipe it. Regarding its durability, regular lacquer can last one to two weeks, especially if it is applied professionally.
2. Soft Gel
Soft gel or also known as gel polish is perfect for those who don’t have much time to wait for the product to dry and want a long-lasting shine. Yup, the main innovation of this type of manicure is that it lasts about two weeks.
This type includes stages of brushing, applying a base coat, color, and top coat, and ending with curing under UV or LED light in about 30 seconds. To remove it, gel polish in this type of manicure tends to be difficult to remove, but can still be removed with acetone and foil.
3. Hard Gel
The steps for making hard gel are the same as for soft gel which includes a base coat, color, and top coat, then covered with UV or LED light. But that doesn’t mean the two have the same results because hard gels tend to be thicker so they can be the right choice for producing strong nails, or filling in bumps for a smoother final look.
In addition, the hard gel also has a longer shelf life of at least three weeks to one month. Because this type of manicure is non-porous, removing it should be filed by a professional.
An acrylic manicure is a combination of liquid (monomer) and powder (polymer) mixed. When applied to nails, the formula hardens itself to form nails. The result resembles a hard gel, so this type is perfect for those who like very hard nails and long nails, resulting in a dramatic look like the nail art Hollywood celebrities often use.
Its durability ranges from two to three weeks, while how remove it by soaking it in acetone or you can use a coarse file and continue with a fine file.
5. Sculpted Nails
Sculpted nails are a type of extension that follows a different technique, in which the method of making them is carved over natural nails using oligomeric gel extensions or a mixture of monomers and polymers. The gel then also requires a curing process using an LED or UV lamp.
After that, the form will be removed and another layer will be applied to sculpt the nails. Generally, this type will work well on long nails and can last more than three weeks. To remove sculpted nails you can use an electric file followed by an acetone bath.