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2 Major Types of Artificial Nails

Author: Pretty Women
by Pretty Women
Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Nail treatments in Cairo involve the use of artificial nails at a greater scale to fix the broken and weak nails. Artificial nails are also applied to enhance the beauty of hands by covering the short, unshaped nails for special occasions. The false nails were originally introduced in the 1930s and have come a long way in a refined manner. Unlike early times, today’s sleek and sophisticated artificial nails look even better than natural nails.

Here are 2 major types of artificial nails most commonly used to perform nail treatments in Cairo:

1. Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are one of the most popular types and easily available in every beauty salon and nail spa. The nails are slightly roughened to apply a chemical that forms the acrylic nails. First of all, a liquid substance called monomer is applied to the nails followed by a powder named as a polymer. Once the chemical is properly applied, it’s left to dry completely. As it dries, it forms extended nails that can be shaped and contoured according to one’s desires. Acrylic nails easily last for about two weeks. Here are some pros and cons of this artificial nail type:


  • These are easily available in every nail spa and salon.
  • They don’t damage the natural nail and can be removed easily.
  • It’s the most durable and long-lasting artificial nail type.
  • Acrylic nail application is an affordable method.


  • Filing taking place prior to the acrylic nail application can possibly damage the natural nails.
  • Improper or uneven application of the chemical compound results in a thick and unnatural look of the nails.
  • If acrylic nails are not properly maintained and water gets trapped under the outer layer, it might result in severe fungal infection.

2. Gel Nails

Gel nails formation involves a premixed, liquid chemical gel that is applied evenly on the nails and dried using UV light to let it set properly. The heat and light of UV radiations make the nails stronger enough to be shaped and contoured easily. There are also non-UV gels that include a chemical activator to set the gel. Here are some pros and cons of this artificial nail type:


  • These are considered to look more natural and healthy.
  • The formation of gel nails doesn’t involve the use of many odors or smokes like acyclic nails.
  • This type doesn’t cause much damage to natural nails.
  • Gel nails offer glossy, clean and non-yellowish finish.


  • Gel nails are costly than acrylic nails.
  • They require high maintenance that can be quite expensive.
  • Gel nails cannot be removed with the use of chemicals and need to be grown out and filed to get rid of.

Other than these two types, there are also wraps and press-ons used to fix broken nails immediately. No matter, whatever type of artificial nails it is, they should be treated with sufficient care and must not be used as tools to prick or scrap things. Proper filling and regular maintenance are highly recommended to avoid fungal infection and natural nail damage.

About the Author

Pretty Woman is a ladies Bridal Salon in Cairo that offers skin care, hair care, nail care,full body massages, and facials.

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