Women who value beauty and grooming take care of their body, from their hair to their skin to their nails. Over the years prosthetic nails have become increasingly popular in the beauty industry for those seeking out permanently strong and well-groomed nails. With everything else to worry about in life, allowing someone to take care of your nails saves time and effort. It only requires a simple process where prosthetic nails are applied after first treating the natural nail with special protectors.
There are three types of prosthetic nails: acrylic, dipping, and gel. They are more straightforward to apply than fake nails and come in various types of applications to achieve a natural look that is both durable and resistant to breakage.
Prosthetic Nail Types
1. Acrylic Nails
What are Acrylic Nails?
Prosthetic nails are created by mixing a powder and liquid containing monomer molecules, resulting in a soft substance composed of polymers that can mold to the shape of nails. This soft substance is first applied to the nails, where it then hardens and takes on the appearance of a natural nail.
Who Are Acrylic Nails For?
Acrylic nails are best suited for those who struggle with brittle nails, nail biting, those who desire more attractive looking nails and those who are too busy for nail upkeep.
Can Nail Polish Be Applied to Acrylic Nails?
Yes, it’s possible to apply polish to the acrylic nails without also losing the design underneath.
How Do You Remove Acrylic Nails?
The best and recommended way to remove acrylic nails is to first soak a cotton ball in acetone, place it on your nails and wrap your nails in aluminum foil. After 30 minutes you can gently pull off the aluminum foil and the acrylic nails should also come off. If you experience discomfort during removal, wait an additional 10 minutes.
2. Gel Nails
What Are Gel Nails (Poly Gel)?
Gel nails, also known as poly gel, are a type of prosthetic nails. They are a popular alternative to acrylic nails as they are known to be more natural-looking and flexible. They are applied to enhance the appearance and strength of natural nails that may have become brittle, discolored, or slow-growing due to frequent exposure to water and removal of nail polish. Gel nails make it possible to achieve stronger and well-groomed nails.
How Are Gel Nails Formed?
The process of applying gel nails involves first applying the gel to the tip of the nail and extending it. A UV light is used to help the gel to dry faster and once they’re ready, the tips of the nails are shaped into a desired length. The next step is to apply gel to the entire nail which will give the client a uniform look on all their nails. The nails are then filed to achieve a level surface and the cuticles are trimmed. Gel nail dips are known to be more durable than other prosthetic nail options, due to the fact that they do not dry on their own. This makes them a popular choice among prosthetic nail applications.
How Do I Remove Gel Nails? What Should Be Considered?
Removing gel nails can be challenging to do at home and it is advised to go to a professional for removal. This is because the entire nail needs to be filed, and if not done carefully, it can cause harm to the nails.
3. Nail Dipping
What is Nail Dipping?
The gel nail dip method is similar to acrylic nail applications, but it has a few key differences. For example, unlike acrylic nails, the gel nail dip process is odorless and produces a matte finish which is preferred by those who favor this style.
Who Should Not Get Prosthetic Nails?
Prosthetic nails are not recommended for individuals who have fungal infections or any other infectious diseases on their nails or hands.
Do Prosthetic Nails Damage My Own Nails?
Prosthetic nails are a safe alternative for those who want well-groomed and strong nails. As long as the application is done by a professional and proper aftercare is followed, your own nails will not be damaged. The application only covers the tips of your nails, leaving the rest of your nails exposed and untouched.
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