TreatNOW Beauty Basics: Nails Explained

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The summer season means that we have endless garden parties, special occasions and trips away to look forward to. This does, however, also mean that we want to look beauty ready all the time. One of the most popular go-to services for looking glam is nail treatments – a way of subtly adding some colour and style to your look. But it can be difficult to decide firstly which type of manicure or nail treatment to have and secondly which design to choose. After all, salon nails are slightly more permanent than your average nail varnish. Here is an explanation of the different manicures widely on offer across salons so that you can decide which is best suited for your and your nails needs.

Regular Manicure

The regular manicure is the most basic option on offer in beauty salons. Your nails are soaked, cleaned, clipped and filed by the nail technician and nail varnish is then applied. You can choose from a wide variety of colours, whatever suits your taste, and a base coat, main coat and top coat is applied. You can receive a regular manicure at Rose Hair and Beauty, Muse of London and RYS Hair and Beauty.


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French Manicure

The French manicure is very similar to the Regular Manicure, however the nails are painted with a neutral colour and the tips are given a white coat. The French manicure is considered a chic and classic option because of its simplicity. A French manicure service is on offer at Rose Hair and Beauty and RYS Hair and Beauty.

Gel Manicure

A gel manicure is a popular alternative to nail polish that will resist chips and can last for up to 14 days. The process involves the application of a base coat, main coat and topcoat that are reached dried using a UV light which cures and hardens the gel. The gel manicure is considered a healthy option for your nails and can be used to strengthen and extend them. If you think that a gel manicure is your preferred choice then check out those offered at RYS Hair and Beauty and Muse of London.


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Shellac Manicure
The shellac manicure is often confused with gel, however it is a unique formula created by Creative Nail Design. The formula is a unique blend of gel and nail varnish, which means that it is more durable than nail varnish but cannot be used to extend or strengthen your nails. The shellac manicure is widely considered the most durable option between varnish, shellac and gel, however this option does work best on those with healthy nail beds. Rose Hair and Beauty offer a shellac manicure service.

Acrylic Manicure

The acrylic manicure is the most robust option if you want something that is guaranteed to last weeks, however the harsher ingredients may not be for everyone. Acrylic is a combination of liquid monomer and powder polymer and can be used to strengthen and extend your nails. Unlike the other options, acrylic is actually clear and creates a base for colour to be added after.

If you are still undecided about which manicure is best for you then it may be advisable to talk to a nail technician who can recommend the best option for your nail type. If you are looking for more long lasting and time efficient summer beauty services then why not check out our blogs post on semi-permanent makeup.



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