The Types of Manicures and What They’re For:

In this day and age, nails have become a necessity. There are new types of manicures coming into the industry, all the time. We like mixing it up, but we don’t want to be stuck with a manicure that we don’t like. So here is a list of manicures and their purpose:

Before we dive into our blog post today we would like to mention the best salon for manicures in Cranberry, PA. Above All Grand Salon is the place you would want to visit for all of your manicure needs.

  1. Basic polish

We all know this one, you simply paint it on your nail, or go to a professional for a pristine look. It generally starts with a base coat, a paint colour of your choice and a top layer to seal it off well. This is a natural, yet stylish look. With the range of colours, you’ll always have a look you love.

This manicure is usually cheap and quick, you’ll spend no more than 30 minutes in the salon. Additionally, it’s easy to take off – all you need is nail polish remover and cotton pads. It’s also amazing for your nail health, as it stops your nails from breaking.

  1. Shellac

Shellac is a mixture of natural nail polish and gel that is strengthened with a UV lamp. It’s not as hard as gel and soaks off easily with acetone. It’s a stylish look, with millions of different styles and nail art.

This manicure is more expensive than your basic polish, but won’t break your bank. However, it lasts up to 3 weeks. Which is more than what you’re paying for. It’s also incredibly good for your nail health as it’ll help strengthen your natural nails. Ensure that you soak them thoroughly in acetone, as it may break your natural nails when taking it off.

  1. Gel

Most people don’t know that Gel and Shellac nails are different. But they are, as Gel can be lengthened and shaped just like Acrylic nails. Gel which is also known as “Hard Gel” can easily be applied to natural or false nails. You’d need to do thorough research as a lot of salons call a Shellac manicure, a Gel manicure.

It’s more expensive than Shellac, but not by far. Just like Shellac, it usually lasts up to 3 weeks. This mani is mainly for people who are looking for a cheap set, but want to lengthen their nails. This set needs to be taken off at the salon, as they will file it away with an electric file. This manicure is not bad for your nails, as long as they are removed properly.

  1. Acrylic

This is usually what most customers want done, considering all the benefits of an acrylic set, like lengthening and strengthening nails. This is a mix between powder and liquid, that creates a strong layer on top of your natural or fake nails.

This is not too expensive, considering the benefits. However, you’ll have to be patient and sit in the salon for around 2 hours. Additionally, this type of manicure can make your natural nails weaker, simply because a nail technician will have to file down your nail before they apply the acrylic.