How to Choose Between Regular, Gel, Acrylic, or Dip Powder Nails.
A Regular/basic manicure is your standard manicure. Tania, our nail tech will start off by soaking your hands in warm soapy water to soothe and soften dead skin cells. Then she will file and buff, clean the cuticle, exfoliate your hands with Pure Fiji Coconut Scrub, and massage your hands with our Pure Fiji hydrating lotion. Painting the base coat, color, and top coat is next and then a cuticle oil is applied.
How long does it take? A basic manicure takes up to 30 minutes.
How long does it last? A basic manicure can last anywhere up to seven days.
How do you remove it? The polish can be removed with nail polish remover or acetone.
A gel manicure includes the same basic manicure process but with the addition of a gel polish cured under UV light twice, then the top coat is applied to cure the nail.
How long does it take? A one-color gel manicure takes up to 60 minutes.
How long does it last? A gel manicure can last anywhere between two to three weeks.
How do you remove it? Gel polish is removed with an acetone soak-off, but it's best to return to the salon for take-off.
An acrylic overlay is the combination of a liquid monomer and powder polymer that creates a hard protective layer over your natural nail.
How long does it take? An acrylic overlay manicure can take up to an hour and 15 minutes.
How is it done? "Acrylic manicure has the same steps as a gel manicure but with the use of liquid monomer and powder polymer to build over the natural nail and is then coated with polish or cured with a UV light should the client get a gel manicure on top," Cardenas explains.
How long does it last? An acrylic overlay can last up to 2-3 weeks.
How do you remove it? An acrylic overlay is soaked off with acetone.
Dip Powder Manicure
A dip powder manicure falls between a regular manicure and an acrylic nail. Instead of using UV rays to seal in your polish, the color comes from a pigmented powder.
How long does it take? About 60 minutes
How is it done? A base coat is applied to the nail, then the nail is dipped into a powder and sealed with a top coat.
How long does it last? About three weeks
How do you remove it? You can soak it off
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