Nail Enhancement Pricelist
Nail Enhancement Pricelist
Gel Polish – £18.95 Fingers or Toes / £34.95 Fingers & Toes
Full set gel/acrylic extensions – £45 including French/Gel Polish
Infills 2 weeks – £35 + 3 weeks £40
Full set extensions – £40 Natural Finish
Infills 2 weeks – £30 + 3 weeks £35
Full set overlays – £38.00 French/Gel Polish- over 200 colours to choose from
Infills 2 weeks – £29 + 3 weeks £32
Full set overlays – £32 Natural Finish
Infills 2 weeks – £29
Nail Repairs – £5 per nail
Soak off Gel Polish – £20 includes express manicure
Soak off Gel polish – £12.95 No manicure
Colour refresh on Overlays or Extensions – £30
Types of Nail Enhancements
Gel polish is a Hybrid Product, Applied onto the natural nail like a regular polish but offering the benefits of a gel by being cured under a UV lamp to set to a hard finish. It is much less likely to chip and does not smudge; lasting up to 3 weeks depending on the natural nail condition and aftercare. Clients suffering from very weak or bendy nails, or nails with existing damage, are advised to have a complete gel overlay finished with gel polish – This will give extra support. Gel polish is not infilled like overlays or extensions – we soak them off in pure acetone to completely remove the old colour before applying a fresh set of gel polish.
Gel / Acrylic overlays
Gel overlays are when a builder gel is applied over the natural nail with no tips applied to extend length. They will be the same length as your natural nail is but with a ‘’jacket’’ of gel protection, they are a little thicker than gel polish but not bulky, with flat nails this allows us to build up a natural c curve to the nail and give a proper shape. These can be done in a permenant French using both a white builder gel and a pink one to create a natural finish or colour gel polish for long lasting colour with high gloss. Gel polish will not chip off of gel overlays. Many people like this option as it gives the nails protection and allows them to grow our their own nails to the desired length. These will need infilling every 2-3 weeks depending on nail growth and wear and tear.
Gel / Acrylic extensions
Gel extensions are where your nail tech applies a false tip of virgin plastic to create length that isn’t there. These can then be shaped in any fashion you desire and to any length – however be careful with choosing to have excessively long nails are they tend to be unstable and create pressure on the nail plate – Excessively long nails also require maintenance and rebalancing much more often than a long but still natural length. Eventually after a few infills you will be left with an overlay as above. Your gel extentsions will need infilling every 2-3 weeks depending of nail growth and wear and tear.
Afercare for Gel Enhancements
UV Gel Polish takes 24-48 hours to fully cure, though they will be dry when you leave. After your enhancements, be careful not to ‘test’ your new nails on hard surfaces etc. You may create invisible hairline fractures that could turn into problems down the road. All clients with nail enhancements are advised to use 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. Do not use your nails as a tool for opening things, you will weaken them and cause them to crack. Do not chew or pick them and do not file them yourself as this breaks the seal of protective top coat. Always wear gloves for activities such as gardening, washing up or if your job requires excessive use of water/chemicals e.g. Hairdressing or Kitchen work. If removing nail varnish you’ve applied at home over the top of your enhancements, be sure to use non-acetone polish remover. Acetone will soften (and ultimately dissolve) your gel polish. Also make sure your top coat contains no strengtheners or formaldehyde, as this will cause lifting. Enhancements can be fragile while cold, so during winter months be careful with your nails while outside and until they are back to room temperature. Above all else, remember: Your enhancements are jewels not tools, treat them kindly! All nail enhancements are applied professionally using high quality products 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 –
There after repairs will be charged accordingly.
Myths about Nail Enhancement
Myth 1: 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.
Myth 2: 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.
Damage is more likely to occur from improper application, removal or maintenance of your enhancements and you should avoid filing them yourself and never pull them off! By removing your enhancements for no reason, you are increasing how often you file and use acetone so you will be doing more harm than good; if you need or want them taken off you should have it done professionally.
If you decide to do it 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 to sink in to restore flexibility. When filing, make sure you don’t file into the nail plate.
For nails and hair (both made up of keratin) hydration comes in the form of oil, not water.Oil absorbs into the nail plate and increases the flexibility. Whilst 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 put hydration from oil back into the nail, for work that requires your hands in water often always try to wear gloves when possible, if manicuring at home – use a cuticle remover gel , not a soak. The best oils you can use are: jojoba, coconut, olive & avocado as these have the smallest molecules and are absorbed into the nail. So look for products containing these oils. Apply nail oil regularly, to keep the skin soft and supple to prevent torn cuticles –
for properly hydrating your nails, applying oil is best done when you have time to let the oil sit as it absorbs quite slowly into the nail. You can apply a hand cream over the top, pop gloves and go to bed – easy!