Hair Extensions & Acrylic Nails by Joseph Mourad

Synthetic Hair Extensions Vs Real Hair Extensions

For years now, people have had to accept hair extensions that have left quite a lot to be desired. Where many have wanted volume, length and manageability, they’ve had to deal with wirey, unkempt strands that often do more harm than good. That was until authentic hair was introduced to the beauty industry and these days, real extensions can be the ideal solution for those wanting flowing, natural hair – even if it isn’t their own.

What are synthetic hair extensions extensions?

In the simplest terms, these types of accessories are made from soft polymers and plastics. Although they are intended to resemble real hair, the reality is that their atomic structure and method of manufacture can only do so much. Many people are left feeling like their hair is plastic and even those that don’t will typically notice strands falling out and breakages occurring far more frequently than with real hair.

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How Are Acrylic Nails Applied?

Since the late 1970s, acrylic nails have seen a rapid growth in popularity – and for good reason. Good quality false nails can last for up to 3 months when applied properly (with a fill-in required every 2 weeks). They can often withstand impact damage, chipping and even splitting when they are made using the right types of materials. It’s not just their composition that’s important however; in fact much of their longevity has to do with their application.

How False Nails Are Usually Applied

A nail plate will be applied to either the tip of a nail or the full nail, with adhesive. This adhesive can vary in quality; with some being capable of providing a long lasting hold and others being considered temporary. In the latter instance, the adhesive can often break down over the course of just a few nights. In the former case, the adhesive will often remain firm when exposed to water and heat – and even acetone, in some circumstances.

In order to apply this false layer, the first thing that most manicurists will do will be to clean the natural nail and clear any residual nail varnish. Once the surface has been cleaned, it will then need to be smoothed over using a file and smaller tools – but in order for the adhesive to stick, it will require some form of friction. To achieve this, many beauty therapists will create soft, light strike-lines along the length of the nail.

Using Adhesive With Acrylic Nails

This can help by allowing areas for the adhesive to take hold, without affecting the integrity and appearance of the natural nail. Once this process has been taken care of, the beauty therapist will then prepare the nail plate by clipping it off of a frame (with fresh nail sets) and then cleaning the upper and lower surface. The adhesive will then be applied to the surface of the natural nail and spread evenly, leaving a little extra that can be wiped away after.

The false nail will then be fitted and held in place for a few minutes. During this time, the excess adhesive can be wiped up to allow the false nail’s position to be adjusted and finalised. This process will then be repeated for each and every nail that is due to be fitted.

Getting The Final Look & Feel With False Nails

Once set, a liquid layer of acrylic can then be applied over the top of the nail to solidify – to ensure the overall look, longevity and feel of the manicure. The application process can take anywhere between 30 minutes and a couple of hours, depending on the final desired aesthetic – with varnish colours and designs often chosen in advance to allow the beautician to stylise as required.