Acrylic nails are an artificial extension of the natural nail that is applied over a tip, form or overlay of the natural nail. They can be applied as a French manicure (pink nail bed with white tip) or as a natural look that can be painted over. Acrylic nails can be made into any shape (rounded, square, almond or pointed) or into any reasonable length. The French manicure look is the most popular.
A full set needs to be refilled every 2 to 3 weeks as the natural nail underneath grows, extending out the acrylic nail. The new growth from the cuticle is then refilled.
At Polished we allow up to an hour for a full set or refill. Any extras may increase this time – consult with our nail professionals for more information.
We can add a number of exciting extras into the acrylic to give your nails a unique look. From different coloured glitter acrylics fading into each other to shapes embedded into the acrylic. We can also apply a Gel Polish that is like a nail polish but lasts up to 21 days and doesn’t chip or scratch!
View our Acrylic Nails Home Care Guide to find out how to keep your nails lasting longer
About the Nail
As Nail Professionals it’s our job to know everything we can about the nail. Polished Beauty is overseen by Award Winning Nail Professional Jessica Kidner.
Here is a quick overview of your nail:
Cuticle (or Eponychium)
The cuticle is a term you will hear a lot around the nail salon. It’s the non-living skin the grows out along the nail as the nail grows. It’s almost invisible and helps create a seal around the nail. It is removed during a Manicure
Sometimes called “the moon”, it’s the white semi-circle you see at the base of your nail. It’s actually the visible part of the nail matrix – the part of your body responsible for making the cells that become the nail. It’s the biggest in your thumbs and may not visible in your other fingers (especially your little fingers).
The Nail Plate is your actual nail and made up of the same keratin proteins as your hair and skin. It’s purpose is to protect your sensitive fingertips from injuries.Nail Plate
The Free Edge of your nail is the end of the nail plate. This is where your nail professional will shape your nail during a manicure or pedicure to give it that perfect look.