5 Different Types of Manicures

manicure with burgundy gel nail polish

Getting a manicure is an excellent way to pamper yourself after a hard week of work. There’s not much that is more relaxing than getting your hands massaged, and then beautified. We use our hands to do all the work we do, which means it’s important to take proper care of them once in a while.

Fortunately, there are a great many manicures that you can choose from at the nail salon. Let’s have a look at some of the more common ones.

Basic Manicure

Most manicures use a basic manicure as a starting point, but this can be a simple and beautiful look in its own right. This involves an oil, lotion or cream first being applied to your cuticles, and then your hands being soaked in warm water. Your cuticles will then be managed, and you can choose the shape and length you want for the nails. Your hands will then be massaged with oils. Following this, your stylist will apply a base coat, a main coat and finally a top coat of polish. Once you’re done with this basic step, you have the choice of either leaving it at that, or getting a more creative option.

French Manicure

The French manicure is probably the most classic of manicure styles, and the look that you probably associate with getting a manicure at all. It’s a clean and beautiful look, with a clear, beige or pale pink polish applied over the whole nail, and white polish at the top. Of course, there are variations in the style, with bolder colors being used for the nail and cuticle. Whatever variation you choose, you’re guaranteed a vibrant and gorgeous look that should be perfect for any occasion.

American Manicure

This style very much resembles a French manicure, but is set apart by the shape and color of the nails. Where the French styles tend to be more obvious, the American manicure seeks to create a subtler, more natural look. This involves having the tips rounded, and off white or neutral colors being used on the tips, instead of the French manicures bright whites. Again, there are variations of this styles, and it can be used in the more classic style, or given a touch of modernity through the use of uncommon colors.

Reverse French Manicure

The reverse French manicure is essentially exactly what it sounds like. The look is relatively new, but attained popularity within the mainstream fairly quickly. It basically entails the nail being painted white, and the tip painted darker. Other options include a black and white look, or a strip of color on the tip coupled with an all white nail.

Paraffin Manicure

If your hands are particularly overworked or dry, this might be the right option for you. This manicure involves using paraffin wax on the hands in order to instantaneously infuse it with moisture and make it smooth. Paraffin manicures also involve a more energetic hand massage, as well as a basic manicure look.

At The Nail Pro, you can expect to leave the salon with a manicure worth showing off. We use top-quality products and only the most durable nail polish. To learn more about our services, or to book a manicure with one of our estheticians, contact us today!