What Makes a Good Manicure?

We all desire perfection with our nails. Nail art is diverse in design and craft. Some manicures are better than others. A good manicure is painless and gentle on the nails, gorgeous and long-lasting. When you step into the salon, the manicurist should have a few tricks to give you a good manicure regardless of the type and condition of your nails. Below are qualities you should look for in a manicure that will let your style shine.

Good cleaning

The first step in any manicure should be thorough cleaning on your nails. Old polish and dirt need to be removed before trimming, polishing and beautification. This way, the polish and nail art will last long because they get to adhere firmly on the nails with no barriers.

Safe trimming

Trimming should be the primary focus of the manicure. Polish and decorations just complement nicely trimmed nails. For a good manicure, extra nail length should be cut short. After that, the nails should be filed to smoothen and remove dead skin. The file needs to be new and right; not too smooth not too coarse. A fine grit file works better on nails is perfect for sealing the edges. Filing should not be back and forth, that will destroy your nails. It should be done in one direction, from the sides towards the center.

Care for the cuticles

Never have your cuticles cut. They prevent bacteria from entering your body and infecting the fingers and the nail area. Instead of cutting the nail cuticles, the manicurist should apply a cuticle remover to soften them. Before using the cuticle remover, the technician can also make them extra soft by soaking them into a basin of warm water for some time. Once they become tender, the manicurist will proceed to push them back gently.

Base coat and polish

Applying a base coat before the glaze is necessary. It serves to protect against chipping and staining. Enough time should be given for the nails to dry before the color polish is applied. Painting needs to be done in two layers of thin coats. Thick coats fall off faster, plus they look unprofessional.

Riveting embellishments

A good manicure should leave your nails looking ravishing. An experienced
Manicurist can play around with an assortment of embellishments to make your nails look exciting. Among many other decorations, you can choose airbrushing, rhinestones, stickers or 3D nail art. With airbrushing the manicurist uses a stencil to create shapes freehand. With 3D nail art and stickers, small objects are added on the nails to create a bold textured look.

The objects feature numerous designs including flowers, hearts or happy faces. Rhinestones are gems that are planted on the nails for a sparkly finish. The nail embellishment you choose should speak about your personality.

Safe products

The nail polish and enamel removers, soaks and exfoliators used should be safe and gentle on your nails and skin. Sadly, some salons use products can that damage your nails. Before the manicure starts, a good nail technician should explain to you the products they will be going to use on your nails. Specifically, avoid products that contain methyl methacrylate, they are harmful.

When going for your next manicure, watch out for these good manicure tips. They will help you get a neat and long lasting manicure.


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