Discovering the Best Method for Nail Extension: A Guide for Nail Technicians

Hello there, talented nail technicians!

When it comes to nail enhancements, our clients often look to us for guidance on what suits them best. Among the many services we offer, nail extensions continue to be a perennial favorite, providing instant length and style for those looking for a little extra flair. However, with multiple extension methods available, you may find yourself wondering: What's the best method for nail extension?

When we say "best", we need to clarify that what works perfectly for one client might not be as effective for another. Nail extension methods can vary greatly in terms of application, longevity, and maintenance, as well as the client's natural nail health, lifestyle, and personal style. Here, we’ll delve into three of the most popular methods: acrylics, gels, and polygel extensions.

1. Acrylic Extensions

Acrylic nail extensions have been around for decades, and for a good reason. They're well-known for their durability and longevity. They involve the combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer, which forms a hard protective layer over the natural nail. Once applied and dried, the nail can be shaped and polished as desired.

The main advantage of acrylics is their strength. If properly cared for, they can last for several weeks without chipping or peeling. However, acrylics can be more damaging to the natural nail than other methods, and their application involves strong fumes. This method might be ideal for clients looking for long-lasting nails and are not overly concerned about potential nail damage or sensitive to strong smells.

2. Gel Extensions

Gel nail extensions are a more recent innovation, and they offer a shinier and more natural-looking finish than acrylics. A semi-hard gel substance is applied onto the natural nail or a nail form and then cured under a UV or LED light.

Gel extensions are known for their glossy finish and flexibility that mimics natural nails. They are generally considered less damaging to the natural nails than acrylics. However, they may not last as long and can be prone to peeling if not properly maintained. They would be perfect for clients who prioritize a natural look and feel.

3. Polygel Extensions

Polygel is a newer product in the world of nail extensions. It's a hybrid between acrylic and gel, combining the best of both worlds. Polygel is applied similarly to gel extensions but offers the strength comparable to acrylics.

Unlike acrylics, polygel doesn't involve any strong odors during application, and it's lighter on the nails, causing less strain and damage. Its flexibility and strength make it a great choice for many clients.

Final Thoughts

When choosing the best nail extension method, consider the client’s nail health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. While acrylics offer unmatched durability, they can be harsher on the natural nails. Gels provide a realistic look and feel, but they may not last as long. Polygel could be the sweet spot between the two, but its slightly higher price point could be a drawback for some.

Continuing education is paramount in our ever-evolving industry. By keeping ourselves updated on the latest products and techniques, we can always provide the best service and advice to our clients. Remember, the 'best' method is often subjective and is the one that satisfies your client's needs and expectations the most.

Stay polished and keep nailing it!

Yours in service,

Hanna Putjato 

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