July 29, 2012

What is a French Manicure?

French Manicure

French Manicure

Women regularly indulge themselves in this classic beauty routine known as a French Manicure, whether they go out to a salon or do it themselves at home. It is the most well-known form of manicure in the United State being the most ‚Äúnatural” look for fingernails. A French Manicure is very universal in that the look is ideal for day-to-day life, weddings, proms, special events, or nights out on the town or just about any event.

A manicure dates back to about 5000 years ago. French Manicure history is thought to go back to the mid 1970’s when a man named Jeff Pink, president of the popular manicure company Orly, attended a fashion show where he noticed several of the models were using a white pencil to whiten the tips of their fingernails. He quickly realized this could be major fashion trend brewing and came up with a way to recreate the look. The result was a kit that contained two shades of polish; a light pink base and white polish to paint the tips of the fingernails. Mr. Pink also included adhesive strips to place at the baseline of the nail so that women could effortlessly the perfect look when applying the white paint.

French manicures are still sold in kits today, but have varied slightly since their beginning. Today you can choose from a classic light pink shade, a nude base, or you could even choose a pearl-based shade to add a bit of glamour to this classic manicure. Several kits contain jewels or other accents to add to your newly manicured nails if you are looking to “kick it up” a notch or two. Of course these kits are meant to be applied at home, but if you’d rather head to a salon, you’ll find French Manicures to be a popular choice among salon clients.

Nail technicians at salons will often use acrylic tips when providing a French Manicure. This is usually done when the actual nails are not long enough to get the stunning white tip look. The nail technician will place long tips on your fingernails, cut them down to your requested size, and sand them down so that tip blends with your actual nail. Then they apply an acrylic foundation that hardens your nails to make them smooth and even, and then will proceed with the French Manicure techniques. After painting your nails with a base shade, the technician then adds the white paint to your faux tips and finishes them off with a drying spray.

We do French manicures at our salon. Come try one !

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