Long, beautifully manicured finger nails can enhance the beauty of your hands. But what if you have weak or brittle nails that tend to chip or break easily? Women with weak or brittle nails should go in for artificial nails as they mimic real finger nails as closely as possible. Artificial nails, which are a worthy beauty investment, go by many different names including fake nails, fashions nails, nail extensions, false nails or nail enhancements.
Long finger nails have always been associated with wealth. However, in recent years a woman who sports long finger nails is considered very feminine. Artificial nails which are the next best thing to real nails have been around for a long time. In fact, ancient Egyptian women had taken a great fancy to artificial nails. Ancient Egyptians created artificial nails using a variety of highly expensive materials like bone, ivory and real gold.
The birth of modern day artificial nails can be traced to the United States of America. The artificial nail business became an overnight success story because of its huge appeal with American women. Initially artificial nails were created using polymers and adhesives. Today, artificial nails are made using a variety of materials. Through this article we will familiarize ourselves with some of the popular types of artificial nails.
Types of Artificial Nails
The strongest type of artificial nails which also lasts the longest period of time are acrylic nails. Acrylic nails are prepared from a mixture of polymer (powdered acrylic product) and monomer (liquid acrylic product). Acrylic nails which are an extremely popular type of fake nails can only be applied by a trained manicurist or beautician. These nails typically last for two to three weeks.
Acrylic fillers can be used to cover the whole nail or they can be used to enhance the nails tips alone. The only and biggest drawback of using acrylic nails is that they significantly increase the risk of developing nail bed infection.
Gel nails mimic natural nails most closely. Gel nails like acrylic nails are prepared from a mixture of monomer liquid and polymer powder. But unlike acrylic nails, gel nails are much more flexible. The flexibility of gel nails are attributed to the addition of oligomers, which are short chain monomers.
Today women can opt between light cured gel nails or no light gel nails. Light cured gel nails are hardened using a special UV light while no light gel nails are toughened using a special type of gel activator.
The only disadvantage of using gel nails besides the cost factor is the fact that you have to reapply nail polish very frequently.
Solar nails are one of the best alternatives to standard acrylic nails. Solar nails which are much more expensive that acrylic nails will give your nails the appearance of a French manicure. Solar nails are more durable than acrylic nails as they are resistant to cracking and chipping. Solar nails which have a wonderful glossy appearance have to be touched up only once every three weeks.
Nail wrap also known as wrap nails are prepared using a variety of materials including silk, paper, fiberglass, linen or silk. The best types of wrap nails are the ones which are prepared from linen or silk.
Wrap nails which are prepared from silk, mimic natural nails the most. Most women opt for wrap nails because they not only protect natural nails but they also don’t break or chip very easily.
Sculpted nails are created by applying acrylic gel or fiberglass over the entire natural nail. The best advantage of using sculpted nails over other types of fake nails is that they last for a long time. However, to maintain the natural look one has to go in for regular touch ups. Many women are opting for sculpted nails, as a variety of creative designs can be painted over them.
Press On Nails
Press on nails as the name indicates are artificial nails which can easily be glued over natural nails. When it comes to application nothing quite beats press on nails. Even a novice who has had no prior experience in the application of artificial nails can easily apply these nails in the privacy of their homes.
Women who want to change their nail design frequently generally opt for press on artificial nails. The best thing about press on artificial nails is the fact that they are relatively inexpensive and can be easily procured from beauty stores.
Porcelain nails unlike other types of artificial nails have a high level of resistance and durability. Porcelain nails are very easy to maintain and they give nails a very natural and healthy appearance. In fact, it has often been stated that the best solution for brittle nail problem is applying porcelain nails.