I have this thing with fancy nails. That includes nail art, extensions, the sorts..
I had made a post previously on how a nail art is done [here ] but after the emails and messages that I’ve received after the blogpost, I decided to make another post with pictures of the procedure. I’ve been doing nail extensions for almost a year now since my original nails are really brittle and soft. Having said that, my fingers are really tiny too and adding extensions to my nails makes me feel fancy and makes my fingers look better. Now I know it sounds absurd as I write it, but there is a reason why nail extensions were created. To help us manipulate our nails at will. Plus, for something that looks so pretty and is sturdy, I think the pricing of extensions isn’t really bad. During the nail extension journey, I’ve met several wonderful women, all of us getting our nails buffed and filed and polished and we all share a similar opinion on nail extensions. This is a wonderful invention whoever started it. And, for people like me who are so used to clipping our nails the moment we see a slight growth on it, this is definitely an addiction.
- The nails are first cleaned to prepare it to be the base for the nail extensions. That includes removing all old nail polish, cutting, buffing the nails.
- Next synthetic nails are fitted to be an exact match for your original nails. These is done meticulously as the extensions have to be fixed perfectly.
- The nails are then glued midway from your original nail bed. As a result the extensions grow along with your original nails.
- After the extensions are glued, they are trimmed and filed to match the desired shape. I’ve done square and coffin nails for a long time and I currently have stiletto nails done on me.
- Acrylic Overlay is then applied over the filed nails and over your original nails. After the overlay dries, the extension is good to last for months and is sturdier than the original nails.
- As an added measure I always apply a base coat of gel nail polish so that I can keep changing my normal nail polish without really having darker colours depositing on my nails.
Nail Art: I get all my services done at Bounce Style Lounge in Bangalore and these are a few nail art items that I’ve tried on my nails. Applying extensions take anytime between an hour and a half to a good 3 hours (depending on the nail shape you want, Stiletto nail shapes takes the longest ) and the same can be said for nail art, depending on how intensive the art is. The picture above shows stick on foil art, while intricate designs using glitters and 3d embellishments takes longer time and effort.
Longevity: Nail art done on gel nails stay the longest. I have done several house hold chores with them on and as opposed to glitter nail polish that starts fading its colour, gel nail colours with glitters and embellishments manage to look the same as when it was originally done. If one is careful enough, the nail art stays for a good 2 weeks minimum. For someone as clumsy as I am, the chain link art on my nails lasted a good one week before I started peeling them off forcefully because I’m destructive that way.
Gel Nail art with glitter and chain link
Regular Polish Nail art
At the moment, I’m currently playing with stiletto nails and for those who asked me if extensions are good for office, I must write that I spend half of my time typing and I think one eventually just gets used to it and it feels as natural as one can expect.
I hope you enjoyed this beauty entry!