The fashion of applying artificial nails was born a long time ago. The development of new technologies and materials used led to the modern techniques of nail sculpting and today this service is offered in many countries all over the world. In the late 1950's, women tried to apply artificial nails, it was especially used by movie stars and celebrities who did not have long and durable natural nails. They tried to glue artificial nails made from plastic, film, and other materials, even natural implants, that were, of course, very expensive. These artificial nails had many disadvantages and did not have long-lasting effect. In the 1970's, the dentist Fred Slack invented the technology of applying a special material that could be durable and created a natural look. This dental product is acryl. It was a revolution in nail sculpting. The old generation of acryl material included harmful components that penetrated into the natural nail plate and could spoil it or cause allergenic reactions. Today acryl nails are absolutely safe. After hardening the acryl nail is groomed, trimmed, polished, shaped, in other words - the nail becomes ideal.
However, the nail sculpting review describes acryl material as not very convenient for application. That is why cosmetologists found a new product that appeared to be more suitable - gel. Gel is a liquid that covers the nail plate and hardens under the ultra-violet light. Nailists add to the gel special keratin-like substances that penetrate deeply in the nail plate, and protect it, providing it with more strength and durability. Gel nail-sculpting makes the nails look natural and elegant, but they are more brittle than acryl nails, and can crack due to the temperature change. The new techniques also provide the combination of both materials acryl and gel to achieve efficient results.
Nail sculpting technology can use special tips or forms for making nails longer. Tips are manufactured from plastic materials that are close to the natural nails. Tips are glued onto the nail plates and covered with acryl or gel. Artificial tips look like an extension of the natural nails. Forms are put under the free nail edge and artificial coats are produced on the basis of these forms.
A nail sculpting description can be found almost in every nail salon that renders nail sculpting services. Once a customer gets nail sculpting, she is required to visit the salon regularly every two or three weeks for correcting, depending on the natural nail growth speed. The procedure of correcting lasts approximately 1-2 hours.
Nails that are sculptured require special treatment. Usually they are durable enough, but nevertheless the owner should protect them from cracking and hitting, because the risk to injure the natural nail bed is high. Artificial nails should be polished with special coats before polishing to escape polish pigments that might penetrate into the nail and change the color. Polish removers should not contain acetone, because this substance spoils the acryl structure. If everything will be followed correctly, it will not be a problem to wear sculptured nails.