Artificial nails give you the appearance of having long, beautiful and nicely shaped fingernails. They are perfect for women who tend to bite their nails, as they don't break of chip easily. There are several things to consider when choosing the type of artificial nails that are best for you.
Acrylic nails are the strongest of the fake nails. They will not chip easily and are perfect for active women, when cut to a shorter length. Acrylic nails are made of monomer, a liquid acrylic, and polymer, a powdered acrylic. This variety of artificial nail material is the least expensive but, just like with all fake nails, you must get them filled every two to three weeks, depending upon nail growth.
Gel nails are made of a gel acrylic that is hardened by ultra-violet light. The manicurist spreads the gel acrylic on your natural nail plate, then has you place your hand under an ultra-violet light, where it cures. This material isn't as durable or strong as regular acrylic and shouldn't be worn by women who are active or work with their hands. It is perfect, though, for women who want a natural look to their nails. The biggest advantage to gel nails is they don't have to be filled as often as acrylic nails.
Wrap nails are the weakest type of artificial nails, but they also have the most natural appearance to them. They contain pieces of silk, linen, fiberglass or paper that are cut to the shape the customer desires. Wrap nails are recommended for women who want a thin, smooth look to their nails.
Solar nails are just as strong and durable as acrylic nails, but they have the appearance of a French manicure. They are made of a acrylic gel but they are as tough as the basic acrylic nails. Solar nails, when trimmed to a shorter length, are perfect for women with an active lifestyle.
The benefits to having fake nails is that many are durable and long lasting, and all of them can be painted or styled to meet the needs of every woman. The downside to having fake nails, though, is that they can be expensive to upkeep and they may cause bacterial infections or allergic reactions in some woman. Make sure to care for your artificial nails by using a cuticle oil to prevent cracking that may be caused by the chemicals in the fake nails. Cracked cuticles can result in a fungal infection.