Nail extensions and overlays are a good way to add strength and length to your natural nails.

False nails come in two types; extensions and overlays. Which you choose depends on whether you want additional length or strengthening and long lasting colour. Nail extensions, also known as tips, are made from lightweight plastic and are cut to the shape of your nail. These are glued on to your own nails and overlaid with acrylic or gel to secure and finish.
Nail extensions and overlays
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Overlays skip the extension step with acrylic or gel being applied directly onto your natural nails and shaped by hand or by using ‘forms’, before being buffed to create that glossy effect. Great for anyone with nails lacking in natural wow factor.

Acrylics

Acrylics are the oldest form of artificial nail and use a polymer powder called polymethyl methacrylate which is mixed with a liquid monomer called ethyl methacrylate. This formula hardens after around 20-30 seconds of being exposed to air and continues to cure for a further 15 minutes. Gel coatings are set in just one or two minutes when exposed to UV light. Whilst gels aren’t as long lasting and tend to be more expensive than acrylics, they are strong, more flexible and odourless.