What are nail extensions? Tips to maintain and repair.

It is very honestly said that hands make your first impression better. Talk about the first-hand opinion about the personality of a man, then notice his shoes. But when a girl is observed for getting an idea of her flamboyance her hands with beautifully manicured nails give the best impression.

So be it an interview or a wedding function that you have to attend, nails do have prominence in daily life. Because the nail design does tell a lot about your personality and style.

Regular nail polishes are the most common forms of nail designs available today. However other alternatives such as nail art, nail extensions and soft-hard gel nails are like wisely popular. Read on if you wish to conceal nail imperfections such as short bitten nails or broken nails and to add some colours to your being.

What are they? : Nail Extensions

First of all, an artificial tip is added to the tip of your nail to increase the length. Then the appendix is covered by gel, acrylic or fibreglass to provide it with the required strength. After curing the nail extensions, they become secured and give strength and shine to the nails.

Various nail extension types available out there :

The following extension techniques are categorised bases on the material and how they are attached to your nails.

1.Acrylic nail extensions:

Acrylics are applied on the top of your nails by using a liquid monomer and a polymer that gives you a hardened secure coat on the top of the natural nails. Acrylic nails dry on with exposure to air. After this, nail colours can be easily applied to your extensions.

2.Gel nail extensions:

These nails are the alternative to acrylic nails. Though the gel nails do not dry on its own, it has to be dried under a UV or LED lamp. They are much more natural in appearance as compared to the acrylics.

  1. Fibreglass nail extensions :

These are also known as silk extensions. Fibreglass is a synthetic material that is stronger than silk. Then the material is cut to accommodate the nail bed or the tip and sealed using a resin or glue. The adhesive material fixes up after an activator is sprayed on it.

All these new viral trends revolving around nail extensions must have gotten you drooling enough to fix an appointment for yourself. Though the idea of having extensions seem both exciting and daunting, there are some things that you must consider before fixing a nail appointment.

1.Know if they are sustainable in your case: A lot of us are simply not comfortable with long nails because it interferes with their daily chores. The simple idea is to grow your natural nails out for some time to the ideal length and see if you’re comfortable with them.

2.Choose the right salon: remember it’s a technical process, therefore ensure that the salon you choose follows a hygienic process, trained team and use high-quality products because perfection matters extensively when it’s comes to your style.

3.Know what you want: Do a little research and know before you book an appointment, what you want from your manicurist. Try to grab some knowledge of various nail extension types and the various pros and cons associated with them.

4.Leave the preparation to the professionals: Nail extensions require a special kind of shape, length, trim and texture for them to be applied accurately along with the cuticles needing to be pushed back. It is best to leave the steps to the professional.

Note: Any nail treatment is a big No-No, for pregnant women because of the chemicals involved in the process.

Aftercare and Maintenance Tips –

It is essential to take care of your extensions because keeping them unattended could cause damage to your natural nails. So here we have compiled a list of some basic tips for their maintenance:

1.Protect your nails by using gloves while doing household and garden chores. This will protect the condition of your nails.

2.Always moisturise your hands after washing them. This will allow the skin and nail bed to stay hydrated and soft.

3.Avoid direct contact with flame and heat, this may cause your nail extensions to melt.

4.If there are signs of nail lifting, visit the salon to correct the enhancement before water and any bacteria settle under the nail causing infection.

5.if you are willing to paint over your nail extension with another colour, always remove the topcoat without damaging the enhancement underneath using a non-acetone polish remover.

  1. Do not pick off your nail extensions as this will remove the top layer of your natural nail.

7.Massage cuticle oil into the cuticles of your nail at least once daily, this nourishes the natural nail and encourage healthy nail growth.

  1. Don’t use your extensions as tools.
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