The artificial nails are not a replacement, but an extension for natural nails. There are two main approaches to creating artificial nails—tips and forms. But forms are getting more popular, due to surprisingly natural looking results.
In 1954, Fred Slack, a dentist, broke his fingernail at work, and created an artificial nail as a realistic-looking temporary replacement. After experiments with different materials to perfect his invention, he and his brother, Tom, patented a successful version and started the company Patti Nails. Fred Slack used his dental equipment and chemicals to replace his natural nail, but over time the process has significantly changed.
The modernization of nail design began early in the 19th century. Orange wood sticks were developed in Europe starting the movement. Modern manicures began with this invention around 1830. The popularity created business opportunities and salons started to pop up across the US by late 19th century.
Artificial nails help conceal or fix broken, damaged, short, or otherwise considered “undesirable” nail appearance. The evolution of trending nail shapes and general manicure styles,have come a long way to the 21st century. And like any fashion, it seems nail shapes, lengths, colors and designs stand to say something about the times we live in.
Take good care of your nail extensions. And here’s how:
- First of all, everyone needs time (a few days) to get accustomed to their new nail length, especially if they got nail extensions on short or bitten nails. Be careful with your nails when opening the car doors, drawers, boxes and cans.
- Chemical agents that are used for cleaning the house can irritate the skin and damage artificial nails. So when doing housework it would be advisable to use gloves.
- Cuticle care is a must. Regular use of cuticle oil will nourish your cuticles, and therefore natural nails underneath, which contributes to more beautiful appearance of your nail extensions.
- Polish over acrylic/gel? Sure! But, before applying colored polish apply a layer of clear base coat, in order to protect artificial nails from changing color from the polish. It is recommended that you avoid nail polish removers which contain acetone. Acetone damages the acrylic or gel overlay, and your natural nails.
- If your nails start to get too long, don’t cut them. File them to the desired length, or visit your nail tech and get a refill.
- Get your refills done in time. As the nail plate grows, the artificial overlay is growing out with it. Depending on how fast your nails grow, you should have your nails refilled after 21 days. Because, in three weeks artificial nails will grow out and start to be unstable, which can cause lifting and even breaking.
- If you decide that you no longer want to wear nail extensions, contact your nail tech to have them properly removed. DIY artificial nail removal could seriously damage your natural nails.Have your nails done by a pro. It may look like an easy thing to do, but nail sculpting is a difficult craft, that should be taken seriously. Make sure that your nail tech has the proper education and skills, and works with professional nail products.