Which Nail Application Method Is Right For You?

There are several types of nail applications – so the question is, which one is right for you? We’ll take a look at a few of the most popular nail application methods that we offer at Revel Nail, touching on their benefits, as well as how these methods can damage your nails when not done properly.

1. Press-Ons:

Starting off simple, let's dive into all there is to know about press-on nails. Press-ons are a type of artificial nail that can be easily applied with a nail glue at home. Our press-ons come in many different shapes, lengths and designs so you’ll be sure to find a design that matches your own style! Our press-ons last up to 2 weeks and offer one of the most quick and convenient applications. We'd say that if you're looking for a simple, affordable, low maintenance nail-care option, press-on nails may be the right pick for you!

Preventing Damage from Press-On Nails:
Press on nails leave no damage to the natural nail making them an ideal option for those who want to achieve a salon-quality manicure at home without spending a lot of time or money. When it's time to remove your press-on manicure, soak your nails in warm, soapy water and gently push under the press on nail with the wooden stick to lift. The nail should pop off when ready. To prevent damage to the natural nail, do not force the press on nail off.

2. Nail Polish:

Traditional nail polish, also known as nail lacquer, is usually applied in several layers. Regular polish also requires a base coat and a top coat to prevent chipping. Nail polish application is fairly easy compared to other nail application methods, however; nail polish may not have the same longevity. It also tends to be time consuming since each layer of polish needs to be fully dry before the next coat is applied. That being said, traditional nail polish may be the right fit for you if you’re looking for an inexpensive, simple, short-term solution for your nails.

Preventing Damage from Nail Polish:

When removing nail polish with acetone, be sure to limit exposure where possible to prevent your nails and skin from drying out. Also, be sure to take breaks in between applications to allow your nails a chance to breathe every now and then. 

3. Gel Polish:

Gel nail polish is similar to traditional polish, but it is made with a gel-like substance that will only harden or cure when exposed to a UV or LED light. Our gels are durable and long-lasting, lasting up to 3 weeks. Gel polish also offers a natural finish with lots of shine! Overall, while slightly more expensive than regular polish, gel polish will be an ideal fit if you are looking for a quick drying, long-lasting nail option that is easy to apply.

Preventing Damage from Gel Polish:

For proper gel polish removal, be sure to use acetone and a gentle nail file to remove the polish instead of peeling it off. Also, be sure to give your nails a break in between applications to help your natural nails recover.

4. Dip Powder:

Depending on your lifestyle, it can be a challenge to keep your nails looking salon-quality long term. Don't worry though, we've got you covered! Dip Powder Nails involve applying a colored powder onto a base coat that has been applied to the natural nail. This process is repeated until the desired thickness is achieved, followed by activator to harden or cure the powder, and then a top coat to seal it all in. Dip powder is the longest-lasting nail application method that we offer, lasting up to a month when applied properly. It is also our specialty! 

Preventing Damage from Dip Powder:

Dip powder nails will only cause damage to your nail if not applied or removed properly. If your dip powder nails begin lifting, cracking, or chipping, do not pick or peel! You're going to want to file off the top shiny layer and soak in acetone for proper removal. 

When it comes to choosing the best nail option, only YOU can do that. Depending on your personal preferences and lifestyle, be sure to keep these tips in mind and do your own research to decide which nail application method works best for your particular nail care needs!