An acrylic manicure is a popular nail enhancement technique that involves the use of acrylic powder and liquid monomer to create durable, long-lasting nail extensions or overlays. Here is a step-by-step guide on how a nail salon performs an acrylic manicure:
- Consultation: The nail technician will discuss the client’s preferences regarding nail shape, length, and color. They may also inquire about any allergies or sensitivities.
- Nail preparation: The technician will begin by removing any existing nail polish and sanitizing the client’s hands. They will then trim, shape, and buff the natural nails to create an even surface. The cuticles will be gently pushed back and cleaned.
- Applying nail tips (for extensions): If the client desires nail extensions, the technician will choose the appropriate size of nail tips for each finger and glue them onto the natural nails. The tips will then be trimmed and filed to the desired length and shape.
- Dehydrating and priming: The technician will apply a dehydrating solution to the natural nails to remove any oils or moisture. This step helps ensure proper adhesion of the acrylic. Next, a primer or bonding agent will be applied to further enhance adhesion.
- Mixing acrylic powder and liquid monomer: The technician will combine acrylic powder with a liquid monomer in a small container, creating a ball of acrylic mixture with a brush.
- Application of acrylic mixture: The nail technician will apply the acrylic mixture onto the nails, starting at the cuticle area and working towards the tip. They will spread the acrylic evenly, molding it into the desired shape while it begins to harden. For nail extensions, the acrylic will be applied over the nail tip as well.
- Filing and shaping: Once the acrylic has fully hardened, the technician will use a nail file or electric file to shape the nails and smooth out any imperfections. The nails will be buffed to create a smooth surface.
- Application of polish or nail art: The client may choose a regular nail polish, gel polish, or even nail art designs to be applied on top of the acrylic. The technician will apply the chosen color or design, followed by a topcoat to seal and protect the manicure.
- Finishing touches: Finally, the technician will apply cuticle oil to moisturize the surrounding skin and may offer a hand massage as an additional service.
- Aftercare instructions: The nail technician will provide the client with aftercare instructions, including how to maintain their acrylic nails and when to return for a fill or removal.
Remember that proper hygiene and sanitation practices are essential for the safety and satisfaction of both the client and the nail technician. If you have any concerns or allergies, it’s crucial to discuss them with your nail technician before the procedure.
Tools needed for a Acrylic Manicure
- Nail file and buffer: To shape and smooth the natural nails.
- Cuticle pusher and nipper: To gently push back and trim the cuticles.
- Nail dehydrator and primer: To remove oils and ensure proper adhesion of the acrylic.
- Acrylic powder and liquid (monomer): The main components that create the acrylic nail enhancement.
- Acrylic brush: A specialized brush used to apply the acrylic mixture onto the nail.
- Dappen dish: A small container to hold the liquid monomer for easy access.
- Nail tips or nail forms: To extend the nail length, if desired.
- Nail tip adhesive: To attach the nail tips to the natural nails, if using tips.
- Electric nail drill and bits: To refine and shape the acrylic nails.
- Dust collector: To collect dust and debris generated during the process.
- Nail clippers: To trim the nail tips, if needed.
- Top coat and base coat: To seal and protect the acrylic nails.
- UV or LED lamp: To cure the top coat and base coat, if using gel polish.
- Gel polish or regular nail polish: To apply color to the finished acrylic nails.
- Nail cleanser and lint-free wipes: To clean the nail surface before and after the application process.
- Cuticle oil: To nourish and moisturize the cuticles after the service.
Please note that the specific tools and materials used may vary between salons and individual nail technicians.