Creating the Perfect Acrylic Manicure

by Nail Schools on July 3, 2012

One of the salon services that clients love is the acrylic manicure. Ever since acrylics were first introduced into the salon industry in the 1980s, this phenomenon has become a staple in the world of beauty. Women love acrylic nails because they do not easily chip or lose their color. A woman does not have to constantly run to the salon to get a new manicure due to chipped nail polish when she has an acrylic french manicure. To ensure that you provide your clients with a quality acrylic manicure, here are the basic steps that you should take.

In 1954, Fred Slack, a dentist, broke his fingernail at work, and invented the first artificial nail as a realistic-looking temporary replacement.

    1. Buff the Nail

    First, you should buff the nail with a nail file to remove any dust or dirt that may be on the client’s nail. This will provide you with a clean surface for the application of nail glue.

    2. Size the Nail Tip

    Then, you will apply the acrylic nail tip to the nail. You will size up the nail and determine how long the acrylic will be. The client will usually have a preference for how long the acrylic nail should be.

    3. Add Glue

    Next, you will add a few drops of nail glue directly onto the client’s nail. Press the acrylic firmly onto the nail for three to four seconds. After allowing the nail to set, you will then cut the nail down to the client’s desired length.

    4. Shape the Nail

    Your next step is to shape the nail. You can ask the client for preferences on a square, oval or round shape. The most popular option for clients is the square nail shape.

    5. Blend the Nail

    Be sure to blend the acrylic nail with a nail file so that it merges with the client’s natural nail. You want the manicure to look like it is fully natural.

    6. Dip into Powder

    After the filing is completed, you will then dip the nail into powder. You will then apply a thin coat of glue. Repeat this process two times. You should apply one last coat of glue before finishing the manicure.

    7. Provide a Light Buff

    When the glue has set onto the nail for about thirty seconds, you can then begin the process of buffing the nail. Providing a light buff with a buffing tool will help the nail achieve a high level of shine.

    8. Apply Scented Oil or Lotion

    At the end of the manicure, you can apply oil or lotion to the client’s hands. This is a nice way to leave a good impression with the client.

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