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Nail Care – Different Types of Manicures

If you want your hands looking and feeling fantastic, it’s time to schedule an appointment at the nail salon. If you never had a manicure before, you could get confused with the different types of manicures offered at salons. Learning about the different types can help you decide what suits you best.

Basic Manicure

If you are new to receiving manicures, start with a basic manicure with no extras. The nail technician starts by applying cream or lotion or oil on the cuticles.

Your hands are then placed into a bowl of warm water for at least five minutes to soak. The soaking process soothes the cuticles and softens up dead skin cells. The nail technician then cleans the finger nails and you can choose the shape and length you prefer. You can choose oval, square or any other shape of your choice.

The nails are then defined. Next it is time for a gentle finger massage. The fingernails get coated with a polish of your choice. The nail technician applies a base coat. Two coats of colored polish applied on top of the base coat. The technician places the hand under a nail dryer to speed up the drying process.

French Manicure

The French manicure is a classic and guaranteed to give you clean and gorgeous looking hands. The technician applies a clear pale pink or a beige polish over the nails. White polish applied along the tip. The stylish look is perfect for all types of occasions.

Reverse French Manicure

This is the reverse of the French manicure where the moon of the nail painted in white and the rest done in a darker shade. The other option involves switching up the colors with all white nail and a strip of color along the tip.

The popular shades for this look during fall and winter are black and wine and during spring and summer it is pink and yellow.

American Manicure

This manicure is similar to the French but the color and shape of the nails differ. In this style the tips are sometimes rounded. Off white or neutral colors used on the tip instead of bright whites used in French manicure. Place glitter polish to make it look modern and stylish.

Paraffin Manicure

If you have dry or overworked hands, paraffin manicure can do wonders to it. Paraffin wax infuses the skin with moisture and this leaves it smooth and soft.

This manicure includes a stimulating hand massage and a basic manicure polish look. For extra moisturizing benefits some of the paraffin manicure treatments include oils like grape seed.

Gel Manicure

Gel manicure is a great option if you want something long lasting for your beautiful hands. After the basic manicure the nail technician applies a special polish on the nails. Curing under a UV light done for the polish to last longer. The nails are less prone to chipping and look beautiful.

Shellac Manicure

The nail technician cleans, fills and shapes the natural nails. A base coat is applied. This is followed with a coat of shellac nail polish. A top coat is then applied. A dryer is used to cure between all the steps. This popular type of manicure lasts for at least two weeks and is resistant to chipping. The nails get stronger with this manicure.

Hot Stone Manicure

If you want to pamper your nails, you can consider this manicure. The indulgent treatment includes all the basic manicure processes in addition to the use of heated stones. The heated stones are placed over the hands to provide comfort.

Mirror Manicure

If you want to make a statement with your nails, you can opt for mirror manicure. Each nail is cleaned and shaped and a coat of black polish is then applied. The technician cures and buffs the process.

Top coat is then applied and cured. Mirror powder is put on top of it. A top coat is applied again. The look is then completed with a gel top coat to create the shiny mirror look.

A good manicure can relax and soothe your tired hands. They can also help keep your hands looking young. Now that you know the different types of manicure, experiment with new looks and styles.

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