The manicure and pedicure industry is fast-paced and constantly growing and evolving. New nail bars and nail salons are opening and closing all the time, and nail trends also change as nail technicians come up with creative ideas and designs. Whether you’re a bride on your wedding day, a guest attending a wedding or a christmas party or whether you’re planning a spa getaway, you’ll likely want perfectly manicured, pretty nails and the option to choose from any nail colors that suit your taste.
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A manicure is a beauty treatment for hands and fingernails. Manicures can be done at home or at a nail salon by a trained nail professional, and are available in various shapes, colours and qualities. This beauty service also varies in price depending on the salon and type of manicure chosen. Manicures can be done on natural nails, or acrylic nails can be glued onto nails followed by a manicure.
Taking care of your hands and nails by booking regular manicure appointments also protects the health of your nails. Gel and shellac manicures can last between 1 to 2 weeks, while regular nail polish colours tend to fade after a few days. A french manicure typically lasts 1 week. To help your manicure last even longer, apply a clear top coat every 2 days to keep them shiny, avoid hot water and don’t soak your hands since this will cause the manicure to expand and retain water.
The cost or price of a manicure depends on the type of nail polish you choose, whether your manicure service is part of a package, or if you’ve booked during a promotion. In this case, your appointment might be considered cheap or inexpensive compared to regular prices on the nail salon’s price list.
There are so many manicure choices, that it can be tricky to choose a type that will last as long as you’d like it to. Choosing the best manicure for your beauty wants and needs depends on your budget, lifestyle and the availability and skills of the nail technician at the salon. Basic polish, french manicure, gel french, shellac french, acrylic, gel and dip powder manicures are some of the most common types.
If you’re the kind of person who loves to have perfectly manicured hands with medium to long nails, you’ll probably want to book an appointment every 1-2 weeks. If you prefer to have shorter nails, every 2-3 weeks is all you’ll need, along with minor at home service like applying a clear gloss coat. Regardless of which type of manicure you choose, a clear coat will help your nails look pretty longer.
If your favourite type of manicure is shellac, it’s important to start with healthy fingernails. If your nail bed or cuticles are peeling or damaged, you should wait until they heal before having shellac polish applied. Shellac nails are safe, but be aware that your nails might experience some brittleness, especially if the polish is removed improperly or if you don’t give your nails a break from time to time. Overall, shellac polish protects your nails from chips and cracks and strengthens them.
Safely remove shellac nail polish by soaking a cotton pad or ball in acetone nail polish remover and place the cotton on your nails. Next, wrap each nail with aluminium foil and let them sit for 10 minutes. Avoid peeling the polish off your nails as this will cause painful cracking and breakage, ultimately weakening and thinning your natural nails.
While some manicure procedures can feel slightly uncomfortable, they should never hurt. If you have a nail fungus or if your nails are very short or cracked, a manicure may hurt or be more uncomfortable. Cracked skin on the hands caused by dryness or eczema can also cause pain. A hangnail or a damaged nail as a result of forceful removal of acrylic nails or shellac nail polish can make your nail bed sensitive. In general, manicures are not painful and they are a great way to relax and rejuvenate your hands and pamper yourself. Consult your doctor for the treatment of nail fungus or eczema before visiting a nail salon.