The Different Types of Nail Extensions


The Different Types of Nail Extensions

Many people love to get a quality manicure to have beautiful looking nails. One of the popular nail styles is to use nail extensions to create long, colorful nails that allow you to express who you are. There a few popular options of nail extensions on the market that you’ll looking to choose from. Learn about the different types of nail extensions by reading below.

The Different Types of Nail Extensions

Acrylic Nail Extensions

For acrylic nails with extensions, the application process begins with filing and buffing out the natural nail along the top edge, the sides, and the surface. The nail tips need to then be glued on. The acrylic nails are made from a mixture of liquid monomer and a powder polymer. The combination of these two materials creates a thick layer that’ll be protective to the nail and can be sculpted over the natural nail. The acrylic polish becomes harder the longer it’s exposed to the air, meaning it has to be applied at a quick enough rate to avoid it drying out too quickly. After the acrylics have been laid out and spread over the nail to create a quality coating, it should be shaped and then buffed so it lays evenly for a clean- looking finish.

Gel Nail Extensions

Of the different types of nail extensions, gel has become a very popular options for a number of reasons. The fact that they are more durable and last longer is among the important details you should know about gel nails. Gel nails are made from a process of similar steps as acrylics mentioned above. There are two options of how to form the nails. The first one involves gluing on plastic nail extensions to apply the gel over the top of. The other method involves using a paper-form to build the nail extension. The paper-forms must be folded properly, and then the bottom of the form needs to be attached on the nail. The first gel should applied according to the paper-form to create the tip. When your tips are ready, the gel gets applied in an even coat, which it can then be filed and cleaned which you can start to apply your color gel polish to.

Fiberglass or Silk Nail Extensions

One of the lesser-known approaches to doing nail extensions is using fiberglass or silk nail extensions. These nails have a process that begins with cutting pieces of the fiberglass or silk to the nail bed or tip of the nail. They need to be sealed to the natural nail using a glue or resin. Once these extensions are applied, you can start to coat them to build up the faux nail. This process is a bit more tedious than other since you need to be very careful with the silk or fiberglass.

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