Nailing Your Look With a Gel Tip Manicure

Get Your Dream Nails with a Gel Manicure at a Central Ohio Nail Salon

“Putting your best face forward,” is a common phrase, but did you know your hands and their appearance say a lot about a person as well? Most importantly, you can tell a person’s health by their hands, fingers and fingernails, but an overall look of clean manicured nails can portray cleanliness, style and status. Overall, they show that you care about yourself and your appearance.

There are so many ways you can keep up with your nails, or even zhoosh it up for a special occasion - at home with at home manicure tools and nail polish or at a salon where you can get an array of nail treatments including acrylic and gel tip or extension manicures.

What’s the difference between acrylic and gel tip or extension manicures?

Choosing between acrylics and gel tip or extension manicures can be a little confusing, and it’s important to know exactly what you are asking for when getting your nails done, so we’re going to break it down for you. It really comes down to the process, ease of removal and nail’s density. Find out the difference between each process below:

Nail hardness - Acrylic nails tend to be harder than gel. Acrylic nails are typically done by mixing a powder or polymer, and a liquid monomer, to create a dough-like consistency that can be filed and molded into shapes. This process makes an acrylic nail harder and also less flexible.

Overall, the chemical difference between gel and acrylic is that gel is already mixed and needs to be cured with LED or a UV Lamp and acrylic requires mixing as you go.

Durability - While acrylic nails are harder, that doesn’t mean they are more durable. Acrylic nails can crack and break easier than a gel manicure. It all comes down to your personal lifestyle and habits. If you are constantly using your hands for work or just in your day to day life, you will want to stick with a gel application.

Damage - Acrylic nails are harder and less flexible meaning that they can be more damaging to your natural nail. Removing acrylic nails means soaking in acetone and then buffing off the acrylic. Too much buffing can mean thinner nails overtime. Alternatively, with a gel manicure, it is buffed before and then wrapped in acetone with aluminum foil, so your natural nail is not buffed.

With all of that being said, for nail protection and potential wear, the way to go is a gel tip manicure. No matter what kind of nails you prefer - stylish and fun designs or sleek manicured colors, you’ll want to look into getting a gel tip or extension manicure.

What is the gel extension process like?

Gel extensions are applied with a 10 step process:

  1. Prep your nails - file, push cuticles back, trim dead cuticles and buff nails.
  2. Fit the extension to the finger and ensure the correct size is being used
  3. Apply bonder liquid to natural nails
  4. Apply primer liquid to natural nails
  5. Apply a thin layer of gel to the natural nails
  6. Sit hand under UV/LED lamp for 60 seconds
  7. Apply the rest of the gel on the extensions
  8. Sit hand under UV/LED lamp for 60 seconds
  9. Repeat steps 1 - 8 on the remaining nails
  10. You’re finished, and now it’s time to show off your new nails!

Leave the pampering and perfect nails to the experts

Nail salons or day spas are the best place to go to get a manicure (or even a pedicure) - for more than one reason. The number one reason is that everyone deserves a much needed “me time”. Indulging in a manicure or pedicure does more for you than just making your fingers and/or toes beautiful - the hand and/or foot massage improves your circulation and blood flow, which helps to decrease swelling and increase mobility to the joints. They also provide deep moisturizing benefits that keep hands and feet looking younger and skin looking healthier.

Where can I find a nail salon or day spa near me?

Looking for nail salons in Columbus Ohio or Central Ohio? Kenneth’s Salons and Day Spas is the place for you. Your hands (and feet) get the royal treatment with professional Nail Services from Kenneth’s. Call your local location today to make an appointment with one of Kenneth’s nail care wizards for your gel tip or extension service, or any of the amazing nail services such as paraffin for hands or feet.

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