Manicure in London: things to know before you go
Before you embark on your journey to the perfect nails with the best manicure in London, we’ve got all your questions covered:
How is a basic manicure procedure performed?
Every salon will differ slightly, but the basic procedure for a manicure, much like a pedicure, includes:
- Step 1: Consultation Your nail technician – sometimes called a beautician or beauty therapist – will speak with you to find out what you’d like done. This is usually when you’ll choose the colour and type of manicure.
- Step 2: Preparation Any existing nail polish will be taken off and your nails and hands will be cleaned.
- Step 3: Cutting and Filing This is when your nails will be cut and filed to your desired shape – usually either square, round or oval.
- Step 4: Creams and Potions Okay, so there’s probably won’t be potions, but your nail technician will usually apply a selection of creams and lotions that not only smell good and leave you feeling completely relaxed but do magical stuff to your cuticles too.
Some salons, such as West End Beauty Clinic, also include a relaxing hand massage at this step.
- Step 5: Application of the nail polish It’s finally time for the main event. On goes your chosen nail polish and voila – just like that, your nails are transformed.
- Step 6: Nail drying This is often done by placing your hands inside a curved LED lamp; it’s like a hair dryer but for your fingers.
What is a shellac manicure?
A shellac manicure sits in between a normal manicure and a gel manicure and is designed to last for two weeks without chipping.
It’s patented by a company called CND and has become increasingly popular due to its ability to last longer than a regular manicure without damaging your natural nails over time, which some treatments like gel and acrylic can do.
We have a variety of great salons offering deals on shellac manicures in London, including ELLE'gance Essensuals Toniguy and Shooq Beauty.
What is a full set manicure?
A full set manicure usually includes the addition of fake nails, whether gel or acrylic.
Rather than working on and shaping your real nails, a full set generally involves adding artificial tips or a pre-painted set to your existing nails. This can be done for a number of reasons, including added strength and durability, or for aesthetic reasons.
Can I get a manicure if I have short nails?
Just because you have short nails, it doesn’t mean you can’t have great nails.
No matter the length of your nails, it’s absolutely possible to get them looking great. Although many people may think there are hard and fast rules when it comes to how you should style short nails, just take a look at this assortment of designs for short nails and you’ll see that’s not necessarily true.
If you’re concerned about having short nails, ask your nail technician for advice before you book.