4 nail treatments for a longer-lasting manicure

There’s no excuse for a chipped mani ever again

New Idea New Idea and WHO Executive Beauty Editor / June 20 2017

Want to get longer-lasting results from your manicure? Here are your options for nail treatments when you want talons that always look on point. 

#1 / Powder-dipping system

What is it? It falls between 
a regular mani and a fake nail. The technician will brush on glue and then stick the nail 
in an acrylic powder.

Why you will like it? It offers more options if you have trouble growing your nails, or if your natural nails have been damaged from acrylics or gels.

Cost: Around $60.

Try it: SNS Dipping Powders

#2 / Acrylic

What is it? Powdered acrylic mixed with a liquid acrylic, then brushed onto a natural nail and cured without the use of lamps.

Why you will like it? Best for shaping, moulding and extending nails.

Cost: Around $50.

#3 / Gel

What is it? Pre-mixed liquid chemical that needs to be cured under a UV or LED lamp.

Why you will like it? It makes nails hard and glossy, but still looks natural.

Cost: Around $30-$50.

Try it: CND Shellac

#4 / Wraps

What is it? The thinnest of artificial nails, it’s ideal for those who are allergic to acrylics or gels. Fine layers 
of silk, linen or paper are pre-shaped according to each nail size and attached with 
a heat-activated glue that doesn’t cause nail damage.

Why you will like it? There are more than 300 fashionable designs in a variety of colours and patterns.

Cost: $22 per sheet.

Try it: Jamberry Nail Wraps


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What's your go-to technique for a long-lasting mani? Have you tried any of these? Share your experiences in the comment section below.

Adriana has been writing about the beauty world for more than 15 fun-filled years and has a real passion for helping women navigate gracefully through those tricky 45+ years.

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