Have you been thinking about getting artificial nails but don’t know what kind would be best for you? or just have a few questions about the products? We are here to answer all your nail questions!
Artificial nails began in ancient egypt, when women would fashion them onto their nails using ivory, these were used to make the women look wealthy and were held as a symbol of beauty, for those of them with higher status. From there the concept caught fire in Greece where women would glue pistachio shells to their nails to give off the illusion of these artificial and perfect long nails. As the concept traveled women during the Ming Dynasty would get artificial nails as a symbol of wealth and status, they were not available for poorer people.
Now that you have some background on them, what kind of artificial nails would work for you? each kind has different pros and cons, and different benefits to them. The first type is powder acrylic. These are created with a powder form of acrylic and an activating liquid that makes this powder form together, making it look wet. This powder is placed onto the nail and formed to fit the shape you would like. After it is placed the activator causes it to harden and dry onto your nails. It is then sealed to your nails, thinned and shaped to your preference. This type is a little less flexible than others, but it used because it is less expensive.
Another Type is “Gel” acrylic or “UV top coat”. This is a gel like formula that is laid onto your natural nails and shaped to your nails, and “cured” using a UV light for 2 minutes. It is then sealed and thinned to your preference. This does not require an activator because it is already a liquid consistency. This is often easier to work with for your tech and gives your nails more strength and flexibility.
The third type of artificial nails offered in a nail salon is fiber glass or silk wraps. This type is not as common or popular among nail salon or professionals. This is created by cutting the silk or actual fiber glass to fit onto your natural nails, it is layered and sealed to your preference. The benefit of this is that it often creates a seal on your nails that helps to prevent cracks.
All of these types help to protect, enhance and seal your nails, but also offer other benefits based on what you are looking for, what you do and what you are looking to enhance about your natural nails. A common misconception about artificial nails is that they cause your natural nails to weaken or be brittle and that they actually cause a fungus. This is not true, the best way to prevent all of these things is to find a clean reputable nail salon, who uses proper disinfecting measure and proper techniques to create your artificial nails. The wearing of the nails and fungus is often caused by daily tasks such as cleaning, doing dishes, typing on a computer and even scratching your scalp when you shampoo.
Are artificial nails for you? if you like to lengthen your natural nails and protect them with layers, they are for you. If you do not like to come back for upkeep once they have grown out or start to lift, they are not for you. Unlike gel polish and regular polish artificial nails require upkeep in fills every 2-3 weeks to help prevent Fungus.
We hope this helps you make your next decision on what will work best for you and your nails! Thanks for reading!