Nail art basics – decoded

Posted by Jyoti Watchmaker | March 14, 2017 | Nails

A main stream fashion trend, nail art has become a huge beauty staple with specialised nail art salons and spas. The nail art industry is growing at a rapid speed and with nail spas mushrooming in almost every locality it’s accessible to everyone now. Until some years back it was only seen on celebrities and runaway models but now a regular nail polish and even a basic French manicure is passé. The trend is to get nail extensions and after that sky is the limit in terms of designs, accessories, colours and patterns. But many women still think twice before getting a nail art done as they feel it can damage the nails in the long run.

That is really not the case, according to Sonia Arora owner of Nailspa Indulgence, “First we do manicure and then you can go in for acrylic or gel nails. Acrylic is powder based and it is stronger and more durable for Indian weather. While gel is also good, it’s softer and a more natural option. They both will give the same look and shine, but acrylic is more durable. Then choose the colour you want, depending on the occasion. Finally the nail art is done on it and one can go in for shine or glitter or accessories as sky is the limit. When they grow after a month and if you want to continue with it then you should go in for fillers. It’s like a refill for which you have to come between 25 days to a month depending on the growth of your nails for fillers.”

If you like me are a first timer to nail art, consider reading the below before making an appointment at the nail spa.
Both nail extensions and nail overlays add length and enhance the beauty of your nails. While nail extensions are made from lightweight plastic and are cut to the shape of your nail. Overlays skip the extension step with acrylic or gel being applied directly onto your natural nails to add durability to the nails.

Then there are different types of nail extensions:
Acrylic nails– The oldest form of nail extensions. Acrylic nails are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer. They create a hard protective layer over your natural nails and gets hardened when exposed to air. These are transparent and the polish is added later.
Gel nails– Gels can be put on your nails directly or on top of the nail extension to promote natural growth. It’s applied in different layers-base, polish and top and then sealed in UV light between each layer so that its hard but natural finish.
Fibre glass– In this, pieces of fibreglass or silk is placed on the nail to fit the nail bed and then sealed in position with a resin or glue. Then an activator is sprayed to give a hard finish. These are easy to remove and water soluble.

So book an appointment on the Zooty App at your favourite Nail Spa!

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