What is the best manicure for you?

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The hardest decision that a woman had to make at a nail salon used to be which color she wanted to wear for the week. We now have to decide whether we want a shellac, regular, acrylic gel, or gelish manicure. Indecisive people may find this a real nightmare. Since I was a newbie, I did not know what they were until a few weeks ago. Loxa Beauty provides a breakdown of the products, as well as a demonstration video of a nail polish manicure.

ShellacShellac was created by Creative Nail Design. The polish will last at least two full weeks without fading, scratching or smudging. Shellac is able to last for 14 days, which is a feat in itself. Shellac is a popular product that many women use to strengthen and improve their nails. Shellac is not only non-damaging to your nails but can actually improve the health of your nails over time.

Now that you know all about Shellac it’s now time to learn about Gelish. Gelish by Hand and Nail Harmony is a hybrid gel polish. This manicure will give you a perfect manicure for up to two weeks. Yes, I said THIRTY WEEKS. Hand and Nail Harmony offers 72 Gelish colors so that women can choose their favorite color. Gelish Removal is a simple and safe process if done correctly.

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Gelish PolishBoth Shellac & Gelish are applied in the same way as polish but are then cured with UV lamps, giving them the long-lasting results of gel nails. Both soak off in acetone and do not require filing the surface of the nails before application. This protects natural nail, making them safer than traditional gels. Each brand’s top and base coats will work with each other’s UV lamps and polish, but each system works best when used as a whole. The result is a super-shiny nail that’s durable and looks natural. This hybrid-polish manicure has become a salon favorite.

Artificial NailsAn artificial nail is one that uses gel as a binding agent between the natural and synthetic nails. Gel nails are more durable and less likely than acrylic nails to chip. Gel can be used to maintain healthy, long nails. The odorless nature of gel nails makes it a popular alternative to acrylic. Gel nails don’t contain the same acids as acrylic nails; they’re healthier and more natural. A gel manicure can also look more natural, since the gel nails are flexible and adhere to the nail naturally. Gel nails do not need lift, polish or backfills. These nails are more durable and shiny than acrylic.

The gel is applied on the nail, and then cured with an ultraviolet lamp. The gel adheres well to fingernails and is long-lasting. Gel nails are easily removed by filing. These nails do not damage the natural nails like acrylic nails. Gel manicures are more expensive than acrylic manicures.

Do you like any of them? Your thoughts are welcome.

  1. What are the differences between Shellac nails and Gelish?
    • Answer: Both Shellac & Gelish are hybrid gel polishes. Shellac by Creative Nail Design (CND) can last at least two week and improve nail health with time. Gelish by Hand and Nail Harmony is a product that can last up to three weeks and comes in 72 colors. Both polishes are applied as traditional polishes, but they are then cured with UV lamps to give lasting results. You can remove them with acetone.
  2. What are the differences between acrylic nails and a gel mani?
    • Answer: Gel manicures are a way to bond synthetic nails with natural ones using gel. Gel nails look more natural, are less likely than acrylic to chip and have a stronger appearance. The nails are healthier because they don’t contain the acid found in acrylic. Gel nails cure under ultraviolet light, and can be removed with filing. Acrylic nails, however, may damage the real nail when they are removed. Gel manicures are generally more expensive than acrylic ones.
  3. Is UV radiation from curing lamps safe to use?
    • Answer: UV lamps for curing gel nail do emit UV radiation. However, the exposure is very brief. Although there have been concerns raised regarding the safety of exposure to UV radiation, sunscreen and protective gloves can reduce the risk.
  4. How often do I need to change my Shellac/Gelish manicure?
    • Answer: Shellac and Gelish manicures last up to 2-3 weeks.
  5. Is it possible to weaken natural nails by using Shellac?
    • Answer: Many women report that their nails have become stronger and healthier since using Shellac. If you remove gelish correctly, it will not damage your nails. Both treatments are safer than gels and protect the natural nail.
  6. How do you remove these manicures from your hands?
    • Answer: Acetone can be used to remove both Shellac or Gelish. To remove gel nails, they must be filed.
  7. How many colors are available in Gelish manicures?
    • Hand and Nail Harmony is available in 72 Gelish colours.
  8. What system or UV lamp should I use for every type of manicure I do?
    • Answer: Although each brand’s top and base coats can technically be used with the other’s UV lamps and polish, it is recommended that you use both as a system to get optimal results.

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