Nails what a passion! Does your nail polish usually leave only after a few days or worse still have a bad habit of eating your nails?
Help for a perfect and long-lasting manicure comes semi-permanent nail polish.
This nail polish is practical, long lasting and has an affordable cost even if made with professional products. Here is everything you need to know about how to get the best nails with the semi-permanent.
Semi-permanent nail polish: when is it recommended to do it?
Nails are an important part of a woman’s appearance. They constitute the first business card which shows how much a person cares about his aesthetic appearance.
Whether you prefer to have a manicure at home, or you don’t want to give up the session by the beautician, it is important that you choose the right nail polish for you.
Usually normal enamels maintain brilliance, color and perfection of application only for a few days . One solution you may want to consider is to try moving on to having your nails with semi-permanent .
This innovative product lasts an average of 2-3 weeks and remains perfect until removed. You can easily establish when it is appropriate to remove it, just look at the regrowth of the nail.
This type of nail polish is recommended, and works, even for those who have a bad habit of nail biting .
In case of weak and brittle nails that continue to break, you can use semi-permanent nail polish to create a thicker layer, so that meanwhile the nails are strengthened .
This nail polish, unlike for example gel, does not require filing part of the nail every time it is removed. Precisely for this reason the semi-permanent is a recommended step in the transition from UV gel to normal nail polish.
The semi-permanent technique
How to understand when we are faced with a semi-permanent nail polish? To understand it, just look at the nails: usually following the application of this type of technique the nail polish on your hands will appear bright and flawless.
The same effect is impossible to achieve with a classic nail polish, even one of the most expensive ones and even where you choose a nail polish that says “gel effect”.
Semi-permanent nail polish is a product that defines itself gel nail polish : is a photo-hardening product which means the need for a specific light (UV or LED) for can harden, unlike traditional enamel whose drying is outside.
We could define it as a middle ground between the common removable enamel and the reconstruction with the gel, which is decidedly more invasive.
The products used with this nail art technique can be applied on natural nails, as well as on reconstructed nails and can be applied at home or by the beautician.
If you decide to equip yourself at home to make your nails with semi-permanent, you just need to buy a UV lamp oven , a product to remove the nail polish, or a specific solvent , buy a base gel polish , a fixing gel top coat and the semi-permanent polish of the color you like best.
Semi-permanent nail polish: how much does it cost?
Our advice is, especially for the first time, to rely on a beautician or in any case an expert for the application of the semi-permanent. The cost is undoubtedly higher than the execution at home but the result will surprise you.
In general, the price varies from 15 to 35 euros for the sole application of the semi-permanent nail polish, with a possible variation if you also opt for a manicure. The advantage is that you will not have to think about anything other than choosing the shade you like best.
Be careful because in some centers they apply semi-permanent nail polish on top of a thin layer of gel, which will cause the nails to spoil, even if the result lasts longer. The choice is yours whether or not to object to this use.
But in case you decide to make it at home? How much does everything you need?
The cost of the lamp starts from 50 euros , while the enamel and gel cost from 10 – 15 euros up and the same goes for the solvent.
Lately many manufacturers are marketing reduced-size nail polishes precisely because more and more women prefer to apply semi-permanent nail polish at home.
On sale there are also Starter Kits with everything you need: a more economical and successful solution.
DIY semi-permanent nail polish
To have nails with the semi-permanent applied correctly, a few steps are enough, but it is important that these are done well.
How many layers should be spread? The process involves 4 layers: the base one, two layers of colored glaze and finally one of top coat.
The necessary to apply by yourself the semi-permanent polish is therefore to have the two bases, a colored semi-permanent polish, or more if you want to make special combinations, a UV lamp to fix the color.
To become familiar, the first few times it is best to have it applied by the beautician, in order to observe well the tricks of the trade and those that are the most effective techniques. From the following times you can put into practice what you have learned and invest that same money to buy new products maybe.
Before applying the nail polish it is necessary to make a good manicure of the hands. Here are the specific steps to follow.
Wash and dry your hands well . If you have the chance, leave your hands to soak in warm water so that the cuticles soften. Now push the cuticles well with the cuticle pusher or with the usual wooden stick, cutting the excess parts with the cutter.
Now prepare the nail well : gently smooth the surface with the file. Remove all residues well and clean the nail with a cotton pad soaked in a special solvent. Wait 15 seconds for it to dry.
Spread a first base layer transparent and put your hands in the UV lamp.
The shutter speed depends on the brand of the oven used, read the instructions. Usually, however, we are about 60 seconds for polymerization.
Then spread a first layer of colored glaze and then the second , after another pass in the lamp, completing with a final polymerization in the lamp. Spread a little product and one hand at a time. Repeat the operation with the transparent top coat and put the nails with the semi-permanent under the lamp.
In the end you will have to clean and polish the nail with the solvent and a cotton swab. Here is the desired result: a beautiful, bright and long lasting nail polish.
How to remove the semi-permanent nail polish
To remove the enamel you need to follow a really basic procedure, but one that needs a little patience .
The important thing is to have with you a specific solvent for semi-permanent nail polish, a nail file that is not too hard, cotton wool, tinfoil.
First of all, you need to file the nail on the upper part in order to remove a good part of the semi-permanent nail polish , without however going to dent the nail in the least.
Now, to detach the final part, it is necessary to put a little cotton wool soaked in solvent on each nail, leaving it for about 15 minutes . For convenience, the tip of each finger can be wrapped with aluminum foil (photo).
At the end of this operation, you should be able to simply lift the residual nail polish. Once put back in, it would be advisable to let the nails breathe for at least a couple of days before a new draft.
Let’s dispel a myth: does semi-permanent nail polish hurt?
But does the semi-permanent hurt? The most harmful and risky part for your nails is the removal of the nail polish but only in the event that if you file with the file the nail is damaged or due to the solvents left on for several minutes.
in addition, semi-permanent nail polishes do not smell as strong as traditional nail polishes, which is why they are also usually used with confidence by pregnant women .
It is obvious that it is always better to prevent, so as a precaution always wear a mask anyway. There is also to consider that even if the smell is not strong at all, pregnant women have a sensitive sense of smell and therefore they could still be annoyed by it.
In these months even the nails are more fragile, therefore they can react differently to chemical agents or to the UV lamp. They could be weakened more easily and irreparably damaged: semi-permanent nails should be carefully evaluated during pregnancy.