Semi-permanent varnish, false nails, patches: which manicure to choose?

If the risk of damaging your nails or contracting a disease is minimal, you should be careful when choosing your institute for a manicure.

Between the breakthrough nail art and the arrival on the market of ever more innovative nail polishes, it’s hard to escape the madness of couture nails. But in the jungle of existing manicures, what to choose and how to navigate?

Despite the proliferation of blogs and products devoted to the decoration of nails or nail art , Delphine Aïssi , nail stylist at home, is formal: “The French remains very classic”, and look far enough rhinestones and other jewelry to set at his fingertips. The clients of this specialist, who practices in the Paris region, alternate between French manicure and colored nails. “There was the pastel fashion, today we see a return to shades of red.” His advice for choosing his manicure.

The classic manicure

It begins with a beauty of the hands that consists of cleaning, filing, polishing the nails, pushing the cuticles and moisturizing. Then apply a base (essential), two coats of varnish and a top coat, to protect and shine. Easy to make at home, this manicure is popular with women who like to change colors regularly and have a small budget. “Care at home not to polish too much, at the risk of refining the nail,” notes the expert.

The price in institute: between 30 and 40 USD
The outfit: five days

Semi-permanent varnish or UV gel

Also called gel polish, semi-permanent nail polish or UV gel according to brands and institutes, this manicure has gained considerably popularity in recent years. “Perfect for those who do not have time to remake their nails every week, this technique is a good compromise between home manicure and false nails,” said Delphine Aissi. A base, two layers of permanent varnish, a top coat, and between 30 and 60 seconds of catalysis under a UV lamp between each step suffice for a very brilliant result, which is shock-resistant and does not peel off. The plus: there is almost no drying time and removal, unlike false nails, does not require filing, simply let sit at home acetone-based papillotes for 10 minutes.

The price: around 40 USD

The outfit: two weeks

Note : although it is particularly popular, the UV manicure (used for semi-permanent nail polish or false nails) may not be safe. In 2013, the Skin Cancer Foundation in the United States, alerted about the risks (minimal, but not negligible) of the use of UV lamps, before recalling that skin cancers are common on the hands and around the nails. So be careful while waiting for further studies.


The laying of false nails with the chablon

Highly requested a few years ago, false resin nails (a mixture of powder and acrylic liquid) are losing popularity in favor of fake gel nails (a mixture of three gels), deemed healthier and more comfortable. made more natural since more flexible. The so-called chablon technique, without glue, is used in both cases.

After applying a base, place around the nail a chablon (adhesive pattern) on which we build the extension with a brush. A second covering gel masks the demarcation, then catalyzes a few seconds under a UV lamp. The nail stylist degreases, lime and polish the fake nail created, and can proceed to all sorts of fantasies. Every 3 weeks, fill at the base of the nail to compensate for the natural growth. As for the removal, it is done by filing the surface of the extension. An ideal technique for those who bite their nails and dream of more feminine hands.

The price: between 60 and 80 USD for resin or gel. Count a little more for a french manicure, and a little less for a simple filling.

The outfit: three weeks

False nails in capsule

A technique less used by nail stylists, which consists of placing a stake on the tip of the nail before covering it with resin or gel. The result is more natural for a french manicure. The price and the hold are similar to the false nails with stencil. As for the false nails to stick oneself that one finds in supermarkets, they are very little durable, and thus to reserve for an occasion or an evening.

The patches for nails Yet simple to apply (we stick on the nail and cut) patches have not really taken in France. We find to apply alone at Sephora for example (9 euros manicure), but their dress does not exceed a few days. Delphine Aïssi continues to pose Minx , patches to heat that offer a wide variety of colors and textures, but mainly at shows or shows.

The price: about 40 USD the manicure Minx Nails, or 5 USD the nail

The outfit: not more than a week


Attention to hygiene

“If the risks of damaging your nails or contracting a disease are minimal, you should be careful when choosing your institute,” says Pierre Barré, director of Hygiene Plus and health prevention worker at hairdressers and beauty salons. beauty. Thus, only qualified beauticians can cut cuticles, while nail stylists (or prosthetists) are trained in beautification. “And the hygiene and safety of a salon are not necessarily related to the prices charged.”

First reflex before handing your hands to a professional: check that towels and files are for single use (check that there are no stains), that the beautician disinfects his instruments (nail clippers, cuticle regrowth) ), wash your hands and ask you to wash yours. “Mycoses are due to an opportunistic mushroom that is easily spread from one client to another with the limes.Some studies have even mentioned the transmission of hepatitis B by nail salons, but do not fall into psychosis” , notes Pierre Barré. Last recommendation of the specialist: beware of the benefits sold, the margin will necessarily be using poor quality products.