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11 Different Types of Nail Manicure to Try Out

Here’s a list of the 11 types of nail manicure every nailpolish lover needs to try. From standard to gel manicure to American and French mani, there is one for everyone.

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Hey lovelies! Hope you all had a great week and are enjoying your quarantined life. As we all adjust during this evolving period, our thoughts are with you! We too are getting used to the virtual connectivity and officially on full work-at-home mode. But we have decidedly come to maintain a routine semblance because being confined does bring about its limitations. And at this point we don’t encourage pessimism in any form. For that reason, we wish to deliver beauty inspiration to lighten your social distancing moments.

Since we all can’t predict how the next few weeks will unfold, it’s a good idea to challenge yourself with setting a manicure routine at home or choose the one you like best for your next salon appointment. Below we have rounded up a great mix of different types of nail manicure that every fashionista needs to know about.

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If classy, timeless is your thing, then there is always a French manicure. Or if you wish for something modern, then a gel manicure is for you. Browse through all types of nail manicure and think which will be your signature one. So let’s get started!

11 Most Popular Types of Nail Manicure

We have tried to answer every question you may have regarding each manicure type, so you can select what best suits your lifestyle. Scroll down to decide which one is your true calling:

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1. Standard Manicure

Trim, shape, file, and buff. Yup, that’s literally all it takes to do a standard manicure! Not only is it a simple process but you can experiment with different colors when you get bored self-quarantining. Here is what you can expect at the nail salon (you can really do it yourself, too).

Steps:

• The first part of the session involves soaking your hands for five minutes in warm water to soothe dead skin cells. After this, your hands are put to dry, nails will be filed and buffed.
• This will be followed by cuticle cleaning and a hand massage.
• The next step is optional. It involves application of a base coat, desired nail paint, and top coat followed by cuticle oil.

Duration:

The whole session of a standard manicure can take up to 30 minutes.

How long does it last?

A standard manicure can last up to one week.

How to remove it?

Remove the polish using a nail polish remover.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes. A standard manicure can revive, hydrate, and keep nails in good health.

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2. Gel Manicure

Know that look when nail polish is still wet? But nails never look so glossy when they dry. Gel mani gives the wet-look even after drying. This is one of the most popular types of nail manicure, and any beauty enthusiasts are in favor of gel manicures as they are durable and quick. And just as predictably, I cannot resist it either as it guarantees a hyper-glossy result with long-lasting results for up to two weeks. If you wish for a chip-free result even after a chore filled day, a gel manicure is your answer.

A gel manicure follows the same steps of standard manicure. But it also includes a gel paint cured twice beneath a UV light followed by a top coat to set the nail. The good news is anyone can get a gel manicure done. Whether you have long or short nails, or simply wish to glue the tips, gels can be firmly stacked.

Here is how you can get started.

Steps:

• Like your basic mani, a gel manicure begins with cutting the nails, trimming cuticles, and hand-cleaning. The point of difference starts with the polish application.
• Next, use a base coat. This acts as a primer for the gel and considered to be special gel kind of polish.
• Instead of air-drying the polish, place your hands under a UV light. With each coat, your hands should be placed under the UV light for half a minute.
• Apply a glossy top coat as finishing touch. Place hands beneath the lamp, and you’re set.

Duration:

A gel manicure session mostly takes up to 45 minutes.

How long does it last?

A gel manicure can last between two to three weeks.

How to remove it?

Gel manicure is most safely removed at the salon, and if done wrongly at home, it can leave your nails damaged. But there are tricks to removing it at home. Whatever you do, don’t peel them off, since it’ll end up damaging the top layer of your nails. Whether you are getting your gel paint off at home or salon, here is a tip to follow. Soak a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover to cover each nail. Hold it in place with an aluminum foil and allow it to dry for 10 minutes. The polish can be then easily removed. You may also use a wooden spatula to remove stubborn spots, or use a nail-buff.

Is it safe for nails?

There is a misconception surrounding the safety of using the gel manicure. It is not the gel that causes damage but it is the wrong removal process that weakens the nails. If you’re removing the gel at home, then make sure not to peel the nail paint off. This can cause damage to future manicures.
For best protection, you may use cuticle oil to keep your nail area healthy and hydrated.

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3. Shellac Manicure

Shellac manicure uses the best gel and polish properties for perfect wear and color. This one is one of the newest types of nail manicure. It is applied like a regular polish, but provides the durability of gel manicures. It is a type of patented product that includes a base coat, color nail paint, and top coat. You will be spoilt for choice with the number of shades, which are over 100. From baby soft pink to metallic, there’s something for everyone.

The manicure can be cured using a special LED lamp made especially for SHELLAC so the drying time is equal to none. Curing is one of the essential features of the whole process. When the nail paint is specifically placed under the light energy of the lamp, proper wear, adhesion, and removal are guaranteed.

Steps:

• The first step is the application of the base coat. The hands are cured under an LED light.
• Same steps will be followed for the next two polish coats.
• You will have shiny nails that are durable and flawless.

Duration:

A shellac manicure process can last up to 45 minutes.

How long does it last?

This manicure can last up to three weeks.

How to remove it?

Soak cotton pads in an acetone. Place the cotton pad on your nails and wrap it using an aluminum foil. Wipe your nails using the acetone and you’re good to go!

Is it safe for nails?

Your nails may get damaged if you peel or remove the nail paint incorrectly. This can be best performed under a nail manicurist.

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4. Vinylux Manicure

Vinylux manicure is a step ahead of basic nail polish but lasts longer. It can be done at home as well as at the salon. The process features a two-part system along with adhesive color paint. The result is high-shine, long-lasting glossy color and protection.

Steps:

• Begin by following the basic manicure steps.
• Next paint nails using the Vinylux color.
• Seal with a top coat.

How long does it last?

A vinylux manicure can last up to seven days.

How to remove it?

You can remove the nail polish using acetone remover or traditional nail polish remover.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is safe for nails.

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5. Paraffin Manicure

Have dry, dehydrated skin? Try the paraffin manicure to hydrate your skin as the heat of the wax can open up the pores and boost blood circulation. It is also said the paraffin manicure can relieve sore muscles and joints.

Steps:

• The wax is heated up for use.
• The hands will be dipped into the wax and allowed to rest for half an hour.
• Next peel the wax off.
• Massage using hand cream.

Duration:

The session can take up to 40-50 minutes.

How long does it last?

It can last anywhere up to one to two weeks.

How to remove it?

The paraffin manicure can be easily removed by soaking off hands.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is safe for nails.

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6. French Manicure

French mani is the classic style of painting nails clear with white tips. It’s one of the most famous types of nail manicure. Many of us still love the classic French manicure, and why not? The 2000s manicure technique is done using a combination of beige and pink finish finished with a white polish tip.

Steps:

• Apply a sheer pink or beige paint onto the nails.
• Next, use a white polish on the tip of the nail.
• Finish with a clear top coat.
• Massage hands with cuticle oil.

Duration:

The session can take up to 45 minutes to one hour.

How long does it last?

If done in gel, the French manicure can last up to two to three weeks and if done in regular manicure, it can last up to one week.

How to remove it?

If done in gel, the French manicure can be removed using acetone and if done in regular manicure it can be removed by regular polish.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is safe for the nails.

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7. American Manicure

You may give the American manicure a try if you feel the French manicure is passé. This nail manicure is quite simple and is done using a cream or nude colored base and finished with a white paint on the tips.

Steps:

• The first process is to buffing, and filing nails, and pushing your cuticles.
• Next apply a base coat in natural or cream shade to the nails.
• Then follow up with a white polish.
• Seal with top coat.
• Massage hands using cuticle oil.

Duration:

An American manicure can take up to 45 minutes to one hour.

How long does it last?

This manicure can last for over two weeks.

How to remove it?

It can be soaked off easily.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is safe but can be best performed under the supervision of a nail tech or manicurist.

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8. Hot Stone Manicure

The hot stone manicure is all kinds of therapeutic as it makes use of hot stones and aromatic stones followed by a warm massage. If you wish to give this relaxing manicure a try at home, then we suggest you to usher in a family member or friend since performing it alone is not feasible. Take turns as you help and relax each other.

Steps:

• Soak hands in lukewarm water after removing old nail paint and trimming nails. This will ensure that your hands are cleansed thoroughly before the treatment starts.
• Place the hot stones for 10-30 minutes followed by a therapeutic massage using aromatherapy oils.
• Paint nails with a fresh coat of polish. Buff your nails to finish.

Duration:

A basic hot stone manicure service can last up to 50 minutes.

How to remove it?

You may clean excess oil from your hand after removing the hot stones.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is safe. This is one of the types of nail manicure that is considered to be therapeutic as it promotes healing and relief to the hands.

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9. Dip Powder

A dip powder manicure is similar to a standard manicure and a fake acrylic nail. But it does not use UV rays for polish adhesion and instead uses a pigmented powder.

Steps:

• The session starts off with the application of a base coat on the nails.
• Then the nails are dipped into a powder.
• A top coat will seal it.

Duration:

It lasts up to 40 minutes.

How long does it last?

The dip powder manicure can last up to three weeks.

How to remove it?

You can easily soak the polish off.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is completely safe for nails.

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10. Acrylic Manicure

Last in our list of types of nail manicure we have the acrylic manicure. The faux nail acrylics are ideal for those wanting long nails, but can’t maintain their nail shape or length. This type of manicure is an addition of liquid and powdery monomer that’s added into a ball of dough. The mixture is applied onto the nails using brush and then kept for air-dry. Acrylic manicure does not make use of a UV lamp to cure, plus they’re great to use as nail extensions.

Steps:

• It follows similar steps to a gel manicure except it adds liquid monomer and powdery polymers to coat the natural nail.
• After this step is completed, the nail is further coated with nail paint.

Duration:

The session of an acrylic manicure can last up to an hour or 30 minutes.

How long does it last?

These types of nail manicure can last up to two to three weeks.

How to remove it?

It can be soaked using acetone remover.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is safe for the nails.

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11. Solar Manicure

Solar nails one of the the types of nail manicure that are super popular. It is quite similar to a French manicure, but comes with a modern acrylic spin. Pink and white are the two shades that are used for doing solar manicure. In fact, you can easily try this at home. Solar nail kit includes an acrylic liquid monomer, and pink & white solar nail powder. Check out the step-by-step instructions below.

Steps:

• Trim, buff, and file the nails. Once you your desired nail shape, apply the base coat. Wait for it to dry.
• After that, take the monomer along with the pink solar nail powder. Transfer the liquid monomer and pink powder into a container.
• Mix it well until it forms a smooth paste.
• Next, use a brush to paint the mixture onto your nails.
• Repeat the same with the white powder except apply it on the tips.
• Seal off with a top coat after it dries.

Duration:

The session may take up to 20-30 minutes.

How long does it last?

The solar nail manicure will last up to three weeks.

How to remove it?

After three weeks, they will naturally fall off.

Is it safe for nails?

Yes, it is completely safe.

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So that was our complete breakdown of different types of nail manicure! Share with us your thoughts and your favorite mani by tweeting us at @shilpa1ahuja. We would love hearing from you. And if you have a new personal favorite, show us its results on Instagram by tagging us @shilpaahujadotcom!

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