As a long time nail tech, I only sculpt nails No tips. I apply a mixture of blue acrylic liquid and acrylic powder to your nails with a brush, applying the acrylic to each nail to cover the entire nail bed. I'll add a flexible form so I can add length extending your nails. I don't use tips, I find most people are allergic to the glue. The product I use has been around for many years its called CND Creative Nail Design. CND has many leaves to the system I love and use Retention. Its fast drying, no lifting and no discoloring. The color of acrylic stays true to form no yellowing. Acrylics are a harder style nail, good for nails that bend and split, also best for nail bitters/ pickers.
This product hardens as it is exposed to the air, and is very durable, lasting three to four weeks. The acrylic will grow out with your natural nail therefore, requiring a "fill,” during which I will gently file down the new growth edges, then fill in the growth with more of the product. Then shorten and reshape. I use a nail drill to be as close to the cuticle as possible, giving your nails a more authentic look.
If or when you decide that you would like the acrylic nails removed, I will gently remove with a procedure of soaking and filing away the acrylic product.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Acrylic nails and produces have come a long way over the years.
Shellac or Gel Polish
Shellac and Gel Polish's.... both promises to deliver 2-3 weeks of mirror like finish, superior colour, flawless wear with little to no nail damage and dries immediately. I brush first a base coat followed by two colour coats and finished with a top coat allowing each to cure under a Gel light. I have many colours to select from OPI and CND plus other brands. FYI Shellac and Gel polish are considered to be the same, just different names of produces. Always use nail oil with this product, otherwise it will dry out your nail bed over time.
6 Tips for Acrylic or Gel Polish
Never peel off your acrylic or gel as this will damage your natural nail bed;
Do not file up the sides of the nail bed, just the length.
Wash your nails scrub the under the free edge between appointment's.
Use nail oil everyday.
Push back your cuticles, only after you soak them in water to soften them.
Your nail technician will tell you how to care for your acrylic or gel polish between visits. if not then ask.