Artificial Nails


If, you’ve always envied your friend’s long, brightly painted talons, but find you can’t grow your own as they chip and break before you can grow them to the desired length, well, artificial nails are as good an option as any. You can either buy artificial nails from the store or have your nails done professionally. Around for a long time, nail professionals have perfected the art of applying artificial nails to a tee.

More durable than natural nails, there are many benefits to putting on artificial nails. You will find, nail polish usually doesn’t chip and lasts much longer than it does on natural nails. Then again, it’s rare for an artificial nail to break. There are four main types of artificial nails i.e. Sculptured nails, Acrylic nails, Nail wraps using silk, linen and or fiberglass and Gel nails. Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, solely dependent on your lifestyle.

Sculptured Nails

This involves the application of acrylic, gel or fiberglass to your nails, with material used lengthened and sculpted over metal or foil. Or else, a plastic nail tip is applied with glue, then gel, fiberglass, silk or acrylic laid over the entire nail.

Acrylic Nails

The strongest, thickest, most durable and used of all artificial nails types, acrylic nails last the longest of all nail overlays. However, if not done well, they tend to look thick and artificial. They also require a lot of maintenance and need to be filled in every two to three weeks, as nails grow. Requiring a lot of practice, the application and removal of acrylic nails should only be done by a licensed manicurist.

Silk, Linen and Fibre Wraps

Wraps are pieces of silk, linen or fiberglass cut to the desired shape and glued to the nail plate, adding strength, and sometimes length to the nail. Silk, the most natural-looking wrap provides a lot of flexibility, but far too delicate for those who with an active lifestyle. Though stronger, linen tends to appear thick as it is not transparent enough. The best of both worlds, fibre glass provides the natural look of silk and the strength of linen.

Gel Nails

The most natural looking of all artificial nails, unfortunately gel nails aren’t as strong and durable as acrylic nails. Made from gel acrylic, they cannot be removed easily and have to be grown out and filed down.

Solar Nails

More like a French manicure, solar nails are similar to acrylic nails and like them need to be refilled every three weeks.