Different Types of Manicures Explained
Posted on 6 Nov 2023
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Pampering yourself with a spa-grade manicure appointment is one of the quickest ways to feel relaxed and refreshed. There's no denying the empowering feeling of a perfectly polished set of nails, but with so many different types of manicures, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Keep reading as we explore some of the most popular types of manicures and what they do for your nails.

Basic Manicure

The Basic Manicure is a classic manicure that involves shaping, filing, and buffing the nails, trimming cuticles, and applying a base coat, polish, and a top coat. This standard manicure is perfect for those who prefer a simple and elegant look. It is an excellent, speedy pamper option ideal for women who want to keep their nails in good condition, without having to spend too much time on them. It typically lasts two to five days, and longer with proper aftercare.

Gel Manicure

If you're looking for a manicure that lasts longer than a classic one, then a gel manicure is a great option. Gel polish is cured under a UV light, which makes it more durable than traditional nail polish. It usually lasts for about two weeks (up to four weeks with proper aftercare) without chipping, or peeling or losing its shine. Because this type of manicure is ultra quick-dry due to the curing process and lasts longer, it's becoming increasingly popular among busy women. It is perfect for those who don't have time to maintain their nails frequently. With proper gel removal, nail damage is minimal.

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French Manicure

The French Manicure (or its newest iteration: a reverse french manicure) is a timeless classic that is perfect for those who want to keep their nails looking natural and elegant. You get to enjoy all the relaxing essentials of a manicure but jazz up your final nail look by adding a white tip to the nails and a sheer pink or beige base coat. This manicure is ideal for formal occasions or bridal nails, and can be achieved with traditional or gel polish. It is also a perfect choice for women who love neutral colors or work in a professional environment that requires them to maintain a polished look. 

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Acrylic Manicure

If you want to have long and beautiful nails without having to grow them out naturally, acrylic nails are a great option. It is a type of manicure that involves applying an acrylic powder and liquid to the nails, which dries to a hard and durable overlay that sits on top of your natural nail. You can choose the length and shape of your acrylic nails according to your preference. This type of manicure can last for up to two weeks (and up to six or eight weeks with regular touch-ups or “fills”), and it is perfect for those who want long-lasting nails worthy of a milestone celebration.

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With so many different types of manicures to choose from, it's easy to find one that suits your style and budget. Whether you prefer simple and elegant, or long and fancy nails, there's sure to be a perfect manicure for you. Getting a manicure is a luxurious beauty treatment that can do wonders for your nails and make you feel pampered. So, take some time out of your busy schedule and treat yourself to a little bit of self-care. You deserve it!

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Different Types of Manicures Explained
From classic manicure to gel manicure and acrylic manicure, we'll explain the processes involved in each type of manicure.
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