Nail Enhancement Price list
Nail Enhancements and Extensions
Gel Polish £18.95 Fingers or Toes £34.95 Fingers & Toes Colour Change £3.50
Full set extensions £45
Infills 2 – 3 weeks £29.00
Infills 3 £32.00 Infills 4 weeks plus £40.00
Full set overlays £38.00
Infills 2 – 3 weeks £29.00
Infills 3 £32.00 Infills 4 weeks plus £38.00
Nail Repairs £5.00 per nail
Soak off Gel Polish £20.00 includes express manicure
Soak off Gel polish £12.95 No manicure
Colour refresh on Overlays or Extensions £29.00
Types of Nail Enhancements
Gel polish is a Hybrid Product and can be applied onto the natural nail like a regular polish. It is “cured” under a UV lamp to set to a hard finish making it is much less likely to chip or smudge. Results can last up to 3 weeks depending on the natural nail condition and aftercare. Gel polish is not infilled like overlays or extensions – the colour is completely removed before applying a fresh set of gel polish. Clients suffering from very weak or bendy nails or if your nails have existing damage we recommend that you have a complete gel overlay as this will give extra support to your nails. We have over 400 colours and effects, including chroming, to chose from.
A Gel overlay is a builder gel that is applied over your natural nails with no tips applied to extend the length. Your nails will remain the same length but with a ‘’jacket’’ of gel protection. They are a little thicker than gel polish but are not bulky. For flatter nails this allows us to build up a natural “c” curve on the nail resulting in your nails looking both slimmer and longer. Many people choose this option as it gives the nails protection and allows them to grow their own nails to the desired length. You can choose either a coloured gel polish or french finish which is included in the price. We recommend an “infill” every 2-3 weeks depending on nail growth and wear and tear.
Nail extensions create length that isn’t there. The extension is shaped to the length and style of your choice – however be careful with choosing to have excessively long nails as they tend to be unstable and create pressure on the nail plate. Excessively long nails also require maintenance and rebalancing far more often. We recommend nail extensions infills at every 2 weeks.
Aftercare for your nails
Although dry when you leave UV Gel Polish takes 24-48 hours to fully cure. After your nail service do not ‘test’ your new nails on hard surfaces. You may create invisible hairline cracks that could turn into problems down the road.
We recommend that you apply nail oil daily as part of your aftercare around the entire nail and under the free-edge (tips) This will prevent common problems occurring and keep the nail flexible and hydrated. For nails (and hair as they are both made of keratin) hydration comes from oil, not water. Oil absorbs into the nail plate and increases the flexibility. Water will absorb into the nail – too much water actually softens the nail causing the layers to expand and then dry out – similar to when you wet a book. This is why it’s vital to hydrate them with nail oil and put hydration back in to them. If you often work with your hands in water you should always try to wear gloves to avoid your nail absorbing too much water. The best oils to apply are: jojoba, coconut, olive and avocado as these have the smallest molecules and are absorbed into the nail. Apply nail oil regularly to keep the skin soft and supple to prevent torn cuticles.
TOP TIPS: It is better to apply nail oil when you have time to let the oil “sit” as it takes time to absorb into the nail. You can apply a hand cream over the top, pop gloves and go to bed – easy!
Do not use your nails as tools for opening things – you will weaken them and cause them to break.
Do not chew or pick at them and do not file them yourself as this breaks the protective top coat.
Wear gloves for activities such as gardening, washing up etc.
If removing nail varnish or gel polish from your enhancements, be sure to use non-acetone polish remover. Acetone will soften (and ultimately dissolve) your gel overlay. Damage is more likely to occur from improper removal of your enhancements and you should avoid filing them yourself and should never pull them off! By removing your enhancements for no reason, you are increasing how often you file them and use acetone so you may be doing more harm than good. If you need or want them taken off – have it done professionally.
If you do decide to do remove them yourself take great care when filing or soaking the nail – after being soaked in any liquid your nail plate is very delicate and will be easily damaged. Ensure after removal oil is applied and allowed absorb into the nail plate restore flexibility. When filing, make sure you don’t file into the nail plate.
Nail enhancements can be fragile while cold so during the winter months be extra careful with your nails until they are back to room temperature.
Above all else, remember:
Your nails are jewels not tools – treat them kindly! All nail enhancements are applied professionally using high quality products and with great care – you are responsible for looking after them once you leave. Should your nails chip or lift during the first 24 hours we will happily put them right free of charge. Thereafter all repairs will be charged.
Myths about Nail Enhancement
Nails Need to Breath
No, they don’t! There is no reason to believe that nails need to “breathe” Nails aren’t alive. They are made up of approximately 100 layers of dead keratin; they don’t have any ability to absorb air into the nail plate. 100% of the oxygen needed by the nail matrix to create a new nail plate comes from the blood stream . Normal healthy nail plates would continue to grow and thrive in a completely air-free environment as long as a healthy flow of blood to the nail is maintained.
Nails need to take a break from extensions/nail varnish/ gel polish
Nothing is gained by removing artificial nail enhancements or coatings for a few weeks or months before reapplying them. Since the nails do not need air, there is no benefit in waiting to reapply artificial nail enhancements or coatings, which includes nail polish. By having a coating over the nail you actually increase moisture by up to 10-15% as it slows the process of natural oil escaping. However as a general rule if the nail plate or surrounding skin shows signs of moderate to serious damage, injury, infection or adverse skin reactions, nail enhancements should not be applied.