False nails are super convenient because they allow you to have long, gorgeous nails without any of the work. Just go in every couple of weeks and have them fixed up. There was a time when you could only get one basic type of false nails. That’s not true anymore. There are loads of options to choose from, but you can’t make the right choice if you don’t know anything about them. So, here’s everything you ever needed or wanted to know about false nails. I hope it helps you choose the best ones for you.
1. Press on Nails
OK, these require a bit more work than the false nails you get in a salon, but they cost a whole lot less. These are the ones you can buy at the drugstore and you simply use the included tube of glue to adhere them to your own nails. I love these for vacation because then I don’t have to worry about my nails and they only stay on about a week so they are ready to come off when I get home. Use them for a wedding or other special event if you don’t want to commit to full-time false nails.
2. Acrylic Nails
These are the most common type of false nails and are generally offered at just about any nail salon you go to. They are made from a mixture of powder and liquid, which is then formed into a nail shape over your natural nail. Once the acrylics harden, they can be shaped and painted. Acrylics are one of the most affordable choices and only require a fill in every couple of weeks.
3. Gel Nails
Gel nails are applied over length extenders and look similar to nail polish as they go on. After each layer of gel goes on, you must place your hands under a UV light to harden them. Gel nails are similar to acrylics in terms of upkeep, but some reports of skin cancer due to the lights has been reported so use them with caution.
4. Silk Nails
This type of false nail is ideal if you have weak nails and are trying to strengthen and grow them. Silk nails are designed to be temporary so you won’t wear them for more than a couple of weeks. They are attached by laying the fabric over your nail and sticking them in place with glue. This type of false nail isn’t a good choice for active women because they won’t last long if they are constantly getting dinged and bashed. These nails are sometimes called wrap nails.
5. Solar Nails
Solar nails are similar to acrylic nails and will need upkeep every couple of weeks. They are also made of powder, but a different kind than acrylics. They are usually applied to clean, buffed natural nails. They are designed to allow you to go without polish so they mimic the look of natural nails with a nice healthy pink glow and white tips.
6. Sculptured Nails
These are the longest lasting of the false nails and are ideal if you want really long nails. The material is very similar to acrylic nails, but is laid over a foil form so that you can get extra length, especially if your natural nails are short and don’t grow out very well.
7. Porcelain Nails
These nails, much like other types of false nails, are a mixture of powder and liquid that is formed over your natural nail. However, porcelain nails are the priciest kind of false nails and they are also very delicate and break easily (as you can imagine). They aren’t for ladies who are super active.
What type of false nails do you think would work best for you? Are you ready to book your appointment now? What else can you share about false nails?