Updated: Apr 7, 2019
What options are there when it comes to extensions?
Oh my gosh there are so many choices for you the consumer and for me to offer too! Hard gel, soft gel liquid and powder (also known as acrylic), fibreglass and silk, Polygel. Which one is the best?
Let's make it simple, you don't have to choose!
Here's the thing; none of them are more damaging to your nails than the other! Shocked?
A well-trained nail tech will point you in the direction of the best product for you, your lifestyle and your nail type. So a technician offering just one extension option will not have the products to help every client.
Let's discuss the different options.
All nail products are forms of acrylates in differing strengths. Yes, that does include your normal nail polish brought from Boots, gels, Shellac, gel polish, nail polish. They are all forms of acrylate. None are more damaging for your nail than the other.
Damage is caused by:
Incorrect application. If the nail bed is thinned too much before any product is applied.
Incorrect removal. This will also cause damage. Picking off, biting off, over filing, or forcing off of any kind. Any of these things will damage the nail surface causing thinning, peeling and damage. Don't do it!
So when it comes to choosing the best product for your nails?
Your technician should be competent enough to discuss this with you. She should be able to help and guide you about the best course of action based on your nail type and lifestyle etc.
My preference is Polygel which is an amazing new product that's as tough as an acrylic but applies like a gel. It feels beautifully light and thin on the nails. But I'm also trained in liquid and powder and hard gel. So I'm fully informed to advise and offer the best products tailored especially for my clients.
Extensions aren't for everyone, but with the correct application and care, they can look natural and amazing. And they are sometimes a perfect solution when you want a completely different and perhaps longer nail look for a special event.
Just make sure you talk to your nail tech and select the best product for the job.