ACRYLICS The Explanation: Arguably one of the most misunderstood variations of false nails, acrylics don’t have to be razor sharp and four inches long à la Kylie Jenner. By definition, acrylic nails are created by combining a liquid monomer with a powder polymer to form a paste that can bind to the nails. This paste is molded into the desired shape and adds length, thickness and strength to the nail beds.
SIGNATURE NAIL SYSTEMS (SNS) The Explanation: More commonly referred to as SNS, this type of manicure is the newest kid on the block. With a reputation as the ‘healthiest’ false manicure option for your nails, SNS operates as a dipping nail system that begins with a brush-on gel base that is then dipped in powder. Said powder is made up of organically-processed chemicals Benzoyl Peroxide, Titanium Dioxide and Acrylic Ester Polymer.
GEL & SHELLAC The Explanation: The perfect middle-ground manicure, gel nails walk the line between long-lasting results and minimal commitment. The service uses a gel-based polish that is set with either a UV or an LED light to really adhere the colour to your nail bed. The most common form of a gel manicure is Shellac, which we’re sure you’re all familiar with. Oh, and did we mention there are now at-home gel kits?