Your Guide to Manicure Options at the Nail Salon

When it comes to getting your nails done, you have quite a few choices once you get to the nail salon. Keep reading to learn the most common manicure options, how long they will last, and how they affect your nail health.


Basic Nail Polish

The type of nail polish used when you go to your favorite nail salon for a standard mani-pedi and select a color for your hands and toes. This type of mani will last you roughly a week if you take good care of your nails and is easy to remove with some nail polish remover.


How it affects your nails: There is no negative effect with basic polish. An application may even help to prevent your nails from splitting and breaking.


Shellac Manicure

Sometimes referred to as a gel mani, shellac is a hybrid of gel and nail polish that is cured and hardened with a UV light. It is applied like a regular polish but because of the gel element, it adds strength and durability to your nails. A Shellac manicure will last you up to three weeks without chipping.


How it affects your nails: If not removed properly there can be peeling or breakage. For stronger natural nails, be sure to take the time to properly remove the polish between nail salon visits.


Gel Nails

Gel nails can also be known as ‘hard gels,’ and can be applied over natural nails or fake nails. The difference between gel and shellac (soak-off gel) is that hard gels are not as porous meaning in order to be removed, they will need to be filed off. A hard gel manicure can last up to 3 weeks and increase the length of your nails.

How it affects your nails: If applied and removed properly, there shouldn’t be damage to your nails, but you may notice some peeling or weakness in the days after removal. Keep your nails hydrated with cuticle oil and they’ll be back to normal in no time.

Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are the OG of nail extensions and have been around since the 1950s. Acrylic nails are a combination of a liquid and a powder that creates a hard layer over your natural nail and can also extend to create a false tip. The mixture hardens from exposure to air and creates a canvas for regular nail polish. Nails are filed into shape and polish is applied. Acrylic nails will last you two to three weeks and can be removed at home with acetone or you can visit the nail salon to have them removed or refilled.

How it affects your nails: If they are removed properly, there shouldn’t be too much damage to your nails. They may appear weaker because they have been filed down before the acrylic mixture was applied. You can use cuticle oil to keep nails hydrated after removal.


At the Style Bar, we offer a variety of manicure and pedicure services for you to choose from. View our nail services and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information!