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Different Types of Artificial Nails

Kashmira Lad
If you have a party to attend on the weekend, and you have just realized you have bitten off your gorgeous nails in frenzy over your work problems, then fret not! Here are some ways in which artificial nails can definitely come to your rescue.
It is believed that if you have well maintained nails then you are said to be fashion conscious. Well, most women and men, try to look perfect for that important date or plan the right formal attire for any important business meeting, but one thing that is often ignored is the nail care and the basic hygiene that needs to be followed to have good nails.
Imagine a well-dressed woman with ugly and unclean nails. That can be a huge turnoff for most people, and one would really prefer to be a few steps away!
Well, growing your own nails can be time-consuming, and it also requires care and maintenance. Besides, if you have to attend a very important party on the weekend, only a magic wand would probably help you get long and beautiful nails.
Well, I do not know whether magic wands are easily available, but you can definitely opt for artificial nails that will help you get beautiful and manicured hands in a short time. These prove to be very useful, and are also available in different types of artificial materials to suit the needs of different women
When you have that all-important modeling assignment or need to cover up badly bitten nails, fake nails can truly help you out of any embarrassing situation.

Types of Artificial Nails

Artificial nails can give you a sophisticated look instantly, and can spice up your day. These are available in various types such as acrylic nails, gel nails, wrap nails, press-on nails, etc. But, always remember that fake nails require good care and maintenance.
There is also the cost factor to be taken into consideration. You can buy them off the shelf or get it done at a professional beauty salon. If time is not the issue, then seek advice from a professional nail artist before applying fake nails over your natural ones.

Acrylic Nails

These are the most popular types of artificial nails available. They are also one of the longest lasting and most durable kinds. Acrylic nails are created with the combination of two products, viz., the polymer and the monomer.
The mixture is then applied with the help of an acrylic brush over the natural fingernails. After the application, let it dry. Once dried, this forms an elongated shape. This can be further shaped as per your requirements. Make sure that you maintain these properly to avoid any infections.

Gel Nails

These appear to be natural, as these have a clear and shiny look. The gel consists of pre-mixed polymers and monomers. This is applied on the nails, and is then set under the UV light. The non-UV gels are also gaining popularity. Here, a gel activator is applied over the nails.
Gel nails, although natural in their appearance, are not as durable as the acrylic ones. These also cannot be removed easily, you need to let them grow out.

Press-On Nails

Thease are very easily available, and the best part is that you can even try to fix these at home. Browse through local beauty stores, and you can try a variety of sizes and shapes, which can be glued over your natural nails.
These are ideal for women who are probably unable to go to the beauty parlor, and are hard pressed for time. These come with step-by-step instructions, and are good for a short-time use.

Wrap Nails (Fiber, silk, and linen)

Wrap nails are said to be the most natural of all artificial nails. They are the softest kinds that are available.
Here, the pieces of fiber, silk or linen are cut as per the required shape and are glued to the natural nail. Wrap nails are used to strengthen the tips of the nails. The materials have their own plus points, such as silk offers more flexibility, and linen is stronger but thick in its appearance.
Fiber nails combine the qualities of both. You will have to grow them out for their removal. Being low on maintenance, these are also often popular amongst women.

Tips for Maintaining Artificial Nails

  • Sometimes, the artificial nails tend to lift off from the natural nails. In such cases, consult a professional immediately.
  • Avoid using acetone nail polish on your fake nails. Look for other options that do not have acetone content.
  • Always moisture the cuticles to avoid any infections.
  • Stick to reputed glues and products that belong to a good brand.
  • Once you have your fake nails, use rubber gloves for kitchen work or any work that involves contact with chemicals.
  • Always consult a professional before you try any of these artificial nails.
You can even jazz up the fake nails with some stick-on designs. These may prove to be a bit messy, but the options are aplenty. So, the next time you party, do not hide your hands behind your back; flaunt them with great style!