Perfect for strengthening and lengthening your natural nails, laying extensions and sheathing are a good solution if you have fragile nails or if you do not have the patience to let them grow naturally. Offering a result as natural as you want, the process is simple and fast, for elegant and glamorous nails for several weeks.
Did you know that long nails are considered a sign of wealth in Asian culture since the Ming Dynasty? Or that a dentist invented false nails to repair a broken nail that bothered him in his work in the 1950s? Maybe not, but you’ll learn that the extensions can lengthen, strengthen and sublimate the appearance of your nails.
HOW IT WORKS ?
False nails offer two different techniques: laying extensions and sheathing. It’s up to you to see if you prefer to lengthen or strengthen your nails with a lasting color. The extensions, also known as “tips”, are made of lightweight plastic and cut according to the shape of your fingernail.
They are then glued on your natural nails, then covered with acrylic or gel to fix and sublimate them. The cladding, which does not use any extension, is to directly apply the acrylic or the gel on the natural nails, carve it by hand or with the help of tools, before polishing it to create a shining result. This solution is ideal for all those whose nails need a little something extra.
Acrylic is the oldest artificial nail, consisting of a mixture of polymer powder – polymethyl methacrylate – and liquid monomer – ethyl methacrylate. Exposed to the open air, this formula hardens in about 20-30 seconds and continues to dry for another 15 minutes. The gel sheathing is fixed in just 1 to 2 minutes under a UV lamp.
If the gel is not as durable and often more expensive than acrylic, it is a resistant solution, more flexible and odorless. The gel also damages your natural nails much less than extensions. Big advantage.
False nails offer two different techniques: laying extensions and sheathing. It’s up to you to see if you prefer to lengthen or strengthen your nails with a lasting color.
GOOD TO KNOW
The holding of false nails depends on your lifestyle. The nails will obviously deteriorate much more during a weekend dedicated to manual activities than during a week spent in front of a computer. The installation and removal of extensions and sheathing should always be done in the living room to avoid damage to the nail plate.
If you opt for acrylic, you will have to return to the salon after 3-4 weeks for a filling (designed to prolong the life of false nails by filling the nail regrowth area to recreate a smooth surface) or a removal, while the gel lasts about 2 to 3 weeks. The extensions and acrylic sheathing usually settle by soaking the nails in an acetone bath for 20-30 minutes and then removing each layer.
IS IT FOR ME?
Are the extensions suitable for everyone? Yes, but they are not always indicated in all situations. During pregnancy, most experts recommend taking a break. Same if you are in regular contact with a sick or hospitalized person. You should also be careful when drying or styling your hair, since artificial nails are heat sensitive and contain flammable materials. It is always best to ask your dental technician for advice on maintaining your extensions or cladding to prevent problems.