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 are a few popular options of nail extensions on the market that you’ll be 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 lies evenly for a clean-looking finish.

Gel Nail Extensions

Of the different types of nail extensions, gel has become a very popular option 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 for how to form the nails. The first one involves gluing on plastic nail extensions to apply the gel over the top. 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 to the nail. The first gel should be applied according to the paper form to create the tip. When your tips are ready, the gel gets applied in an even coat, which 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 fiberglass or silk to the nail bed or tip of the nail. They need to be sealed to the natural nail using 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 others since you need to be very careful with silk or fiberglass.

How To Care For Nail Extensions

Check the following after-care for your nail extensions to keep them gorgeous:

  • Be Gentle: You can avoid undue damage to your nail extensions by being extra careful when doing tasks. Otherwise, your natural nail will likely get damaged too. Be gentle if you have acrylic or gel nail extensions for the first 24 to 48 hours after application because the boding process takes time. 
  • Using Gloves: You can protect your nail extensions when doing your household chores and when gardening by wearing gloves. 
  • Avoid Heat and Fire: These elements can cause your nail extensions to melt. So, you have to make sure that you don’t come near a fireplace to warm your hand or grill food. In this way, you can attain the perfect summer glow for your nails or you can stay beautiful in any season without melting your nail extensions.
  • Moisturize Your Hands: Apply a hand moisturizer or lotion after washing your hand so that your nail extensions and hands will stay smooth and beautiful.  

If you choose to apply a nail polish instead of using nail extensions, there are many online resources you can visit such as Healthline and other beauty-related sites. You can read articles or blogs that will help you attain gorgeous nails.


Your nails are part of your overall aesthetics. Nail extensions will allow you to achieve the perfect cut and length of nails you have been dreaming of since you started being conscious of how your nails look like. There are different ways to styles your nails and make them look gorgeous as mentioned above. You can also opt to apply beautiful colors of nail polishes and show how creative you are through nail art. This will allow you to express yourself and show your personality.

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