Our mothers and grandmothers have always done only a classic manicure with the obligatory preliminary steaming of the skin of the hand and cutting the cuticle. Today, this method is considered outdated and dangerous. It was replaced by the so-called European manicure, which originally originated in Europe, and now has already become quite popular with us.
The main difference between a classic manicure and a European one is the use of scissors or special tweezers to trim the rough cuticle. European manicure does not involve the removal of the cuticle using any cutting tools.
Types of European unedged manicure
Today, there are two types of European manicure:
- Manicure with water in the form of a bath with a special solution containing fruit or lactic acids that gently exfoliate the top layer of the cuticle.
- Dry European manicureduring which special formulations are used to soften the cuticle, applied with a brush like regular nail polish.
Most often, beauty salons and SPA centers provide a dry manicure service, and the use of baths with solutions of various acids is gradually being phased out, since this process is considered more traumatic and dangerous for the skin of the hands and the surface of the nails.
European manicure technology
European manicure technology involves the following steps:
- First of all, you need to remove the old decorative varnish from the nails, using a liquid with a soft formula without acetone.
- Next, you should very carefully apply a special gel or cream to remove the cuticle so that it does not get on the nail. Such products have a rather aggressive composition, which allows them to effectively “dissolve” dead cuticle cells. After 1-5 minutes, the gel or cream should be wiped off with a soft cloth. The exposure time of such a product should be indicated in the attached instructions.
- Then you need to carefully push the skin of the cuticle to the nail bed. This is best done with a thin beveled stick made of orangewood or high quality rubber. If the cuticle is very rough, then you can use a special pumice stone for European manicure, which has a rather rough, but at the same time, soft surface. This allows you to sort of “clean off” the top layer of the cuticle and make it softer.
- Next, you need to give the nail the desired shape using a nail file.
- The next step in performing a high-quality European manicure is applying a softening cream or lotion to the cuticle and nail. If desired, and if you have free time, you can make a nourishing hand mask, and after that apply a cream.
- Finally, polish your nails with a piece of special cloth or a soft nail file. If you need to apply decorative varnish on your nails, then you should first degrease them and cover them with a protective base with a nourishing and strengthening composition.
Having learned how to do a European manicure, you can easily carry out this procedure yourself.
European manicure at home
For those girls who do not want to waste their time and money on trips to beauty salons, you can easily learn how to do a European manicure at home. For this, the dry version of such a manicure is best suited, since when it is performed, the risk of minor damage is practically reduced to zero.
To get a good result of a European manicure, you should use only high-quality products from manufacturers that specialize in nail care. In this case, well-groomed hands will delight you from one to two to three weeks, depending on the individual skin regeneration rate and hand skin care features.