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7 Types of Manicures - What's Best for You?

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Are you curious about what a manicure is and which type would suit you best? Gone are the days when the only idea of beautiful nails was just swiping a regular lacquer over them. Now, there are many ways to make your nails look fantastic. Choosing the best option can be challenging and exciting. 

Here's our handy guide to help you make the best choice for your nails!

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1. Classic Manicure

The classic manicure is the foundation of nail care, including nail trimming, shaping, cuticle care, a relaxing hand massage, and a polish application. This timeless choice is perfect for maintaining nail health and ensuring your hands look clean and well-groomed. The simplicity and elegance of a classic manicure make it a versatile option suitable for any occasion.

Who is it for? Ideal for those who want a clean, neat look without the extras. It's perfect for maintaining healthy nails and a polished appearance.

Duration: Typically lasts 1-2 weeks, making it a great choice for regular upkeep.

Cost: Around $18-$25, making it an affordable option for regular nail maintenance.

2. Soft Gel

Soft gel manicures use a gel polish that is cured under a UV or LED light, providing a glossy and durable finish that looks fresh and vibrant. Unlike regular polish, soft gel resists chipping and maintains its shine for weeks, making it a favorite for those who want a long-lasting manicure without frequent touch-ups.

Who is it for? Perfect for those looking for a manicure that can withstand daily wear and tear.

It's ideal for busy individuals who want their nails to stay flawless for longer.

Duration: Lasts up to 2-3 weeks without chipping or losing its shine.

Cost: Approximately $35-$45, offering good value for longevity and quality.

3. Full Coverage Soft Gel Tips

This manicure involves applying pre-shaped gel tips over natural nails and curing them under a UV light. It adds length and a perfect shape instantly. These tips provide a seamless look and are less damaging to natural nails compared to traditional acrylics, offering a comfortable and stylish option for nail enhancement.

Who is it for? Great for anyone wanting instant length without the long-term commitment of acrylics. It's also perfect for special occasions when you want a dramatic look.

Duration: Lasts 3-4 weeks, providing a beautiful and strong enhancement.

Cost: Around $50-$60, reflecting the added length and intricate application.

4. Hard Gel

Hard gel is a strong, durable gel that can be sculpted to add length and shape. It's cured under UV light and is known for its strength and flexibility, making it ideal for intricate nail designs. Unlike soft gel, hard gel cannot be soaked off and requires filing for removal, ensuring a robust and long-lasting manicure.

Who is it for? Best for those needing durable, long-lasting extensions that look natural and elegant. It’s also a great choice for those who want to experiment with different nail shapes and lengths.

Duration: Typically lasts 3-4 weeks, with the option for fill-ins to extend the life of your manicure.

Cost: Approximately $50-$70, suitable for those who want a resilient and long-lasting nail solution.

5. Acrylic

Acrylic nails involve a mixture of liquid monomer and powder polymer that creates a hard protective layer over natural nails. They can be shaped and styled as desired, allowing for a wide range of creative designs. Acrylics are highly durable and can be customized in length and shape, making them popular for both everyday wear and special events.

Who is it for? Ideal for those who want strong, long-lasting nails with customizable shapes and designs. Acrylics are also great for nail art enthusiasts.

Duration: Lasts up to 4 weeks, with fill-ins every 2-3 weeks to maintain the look.

Cost: Around $40-$60, providing excellent durability and flexibility in design.

6. Dip Powder Manicure

Dip powder involves applying a base coat followed by dipping the nails into a colored powder. The process is repeated to build up layers, resulting in a durable, chip-resistant finish. This method does not require UV light for curing, making it a healthier option for your nails while still providing a strong, long-lasting result.

Who is it for? Perfect for anyone seeking a long-lasting, easy-to-maintain manicure that offers vibrant colors and a smooth finish. It’s especially great for those who want to avoid the potential damage from UV light exposure.

Duration: Lasts 3-4 weeks, making it ideal for those with busy lifestyles.

Cost: Approximately $40-$50, offering a balance between longevity and affordability.

7. Russian Manicure

The Russian manicure is a meticulous technique that involves detailed cuticle work using an electric file, ensuring a flawless finish. It often includes gel polish for a long-lasting effect and a precise, clean look. This method provides an exceptionally clean and neat appearance by removing the cuticle entirely, resulting in a polished look that lasts longer.

Who is it for? Ideal for those who want an impeccably clean and precise manicure, with detailed cuticle care and a polished finish. It’s perfect for anyone who prioritizes a neat, professional appearance.

Duration: Lasts up to 4 weeks, thanks to the detailed and thorough application process.

Cost: Around $50-$70, reflecting the high level of precision and care involved.

Which Manicure is Right for You?

Choosing the right manicure depends on your lifestyle, personal style, and nail health. If you prefer a simple, clean look, go for a classic or soft gel manicure. For those needing something long-lasting and durable, full-coverage soft gel tips, hard gel, or dip powder manicures are excellent choices. If you love detailed, meticulous nail care, the Russian manicure will provide the precision you crave. And for strength and versatility, acrylics are a fantastic option.

At Kamila's Skin Care, we’re here to help you find the perfect manicure to suit your needs. Ready to book your appointment? Contact us today and let us pamper you with the perfect manicure!

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