Shikha Mittal


Types of Manicure You Should Know About

A manicure generally but not always includes painting the nails. Not only will having a manicure make your nails and hands look good but some types of manicure also very relaxing & will promote healthy nails. A manicure is a beauty treatment for the hands. Although the treatment is applied directly to the nails, the entire hand actually gets the benefit. Good looking hands and legs surely make a great impression of a well-groomed appearance. Today, manicures keep great importance is a cosmetic world because they enhance the appearance of hands in a stunning way. In this article let’s know about the most popular types of manicure which can help you decide what suits you best. After all, your nails say a lot about who you are!

Types of manicure

  • Basic Manicure
  • Hot Oil Manicure
  • Spa Manicure
  • Gel Manicure
  • Soak-off Gel Manicure
  • Paraffin Wax Manicure
  • Brazillian Manicure
  • Shellac Manicure
  • Acrylic Manicure
  • Hot Stone Manicure
  • Mirror Manicure
  • French Manicure and Reverse French Manicure
  • Dip Powder Manicure

Basic Manicure

If you are new for manicure then you can try basic manicure. This manicure includes soaking your hands in warm soapy water to soothe and soften dead skin cells. Your fingernails are cleaned, clipped and filed. At this point in the manicure, the shape of the nails has been defined, and it is time for a massage. Once that has been done, a base coat will be applied. The nail technician moisturizes your hands and polishes your nails with a base coat, the main coat and top coat.

Hot Oil Manicure

Usually, hot oil manicure is done for damaged and dry nails which are too prone to breakage due to the lack of proper care. It is just like an extraordinary treatment of the hands and nails. The normal manicure leaves the hands and nails healthy and glowing. While a hot oil manicure also provides intensive nourishment to the nails. It also lessens the day to day care which we do for our nails.

The procedure begins with the filing of the nails and cuticles followed by soaking the hands in a mixture of a mild cleanser and warm water for 15 minutes. After this, the hands are gently exfoliated and nails painted with a base coat. Finally, the hands are dipped in warm herbal oils such as tea tree oil, olive oil and rosemary oil. The treatment is quite beneficial for the hands and makes them soft, smooth and beautiful.

Spa Manicure

Many busy moms delight in receiving a spa manicure and pedicure. Not only does this process leave your hands looking great, but it also serves as a relaxing time for you to sit back and be pampered. The traditional spa manicure is a multifaceted process that is specifically designed to leave your hands and feet at their finest. Essentially, in this kind of manicure, various salts and aromatic oils are thoroughly massaged onto the arms and fingernails. The massaging is intended to give you immense pleasure and relief. Further, a hydrating mask is applied to the skin of the arms and around the fingernails. The mask makes you feel relaxed and soothing.

Gel Manicure

Gel manicure lasts longer than any other manicure. This is due to the long-lasting property of the gel nail paint used. The basic procedure for a gel manicure starts with a clear base coat, which you add to the natural nail. Then choose coloured shellac, which is specific gel nail polish, and let it "cure" underneath a UV lamp for two minutes. You or the nail technician then layer another coat of coloured shellac and place your nails underneath the light for another two minutes. Then, add the top coat to seal the colour and put the nails under the UV lamp for two final minutes. Dab cotton or a gauze pad with alcohol and swipe the nails to make them smooth.

Soak off Gel Manicure

Soak off gels do what it says on the pot, they soak off when ready to remove. Soak off gels were introduced to the market over 10 years ago, and it is flexible short term alternative to hard gels. They come in hundreds of colours, a little thicker than gel polishes, they offer a little more strength, so for a client who has very thin and damaged nail plates a soak off gel would be a better alternative than a gel polish which really struggles to stay on a weak damaged nail. Compared to gel polish, the result is bulkier, and the top coat gel is less glossy, so as part of the system there is usually a glossy air dry top coat you can use to finish the service. The soak off removal takes a little longer than gel polish too, taking anywhere from 15-25 minutes depending on the brand and how thick the application is. Nails created using soak-off gels are usually kept relatively short due to the flexibility of the gel, it is a great overlay product, but it won’t support a longer length on its own.

Paraffin Wax Manicure

The beauty of Paraffin Wax Manicure lies in the fact that the health of the entire hand is given priority, not just the hand so that your hands experience ultimate relaxation. A paraffin manicure is a treatment that involves plunging your hands into hot, molten wax. The wax is then covered with plastic and allowed to “soak into” your skin. When the hardened wax shell is removed, your skin is left feeling smooth and moisturized. The process supposedly improves the quality of your manicure and some people even allege that it opens pores to release toxins and even soothes arthritis.

Brazillian Manicure

This is yet another natural manicure which is conducted by the application of natural moisturizers and gels. The treatment proves useful for those who want to increase the length and strength of the naturally. The basic difference from a Brazilian style manicure to one done in the U.S is that after soaking your hands in a paraffin treatment and exfoliating, part of the cuticles is removed to make the surface of the nail completely flat. Another important factor of the difference is that instead of applying polish only to the nail, it is painted on the surrounding skin area to ensure the polish coats the edge of the nail bed to make the manicure last longer

Shellac Manicure

This manicure gives the most ‘natural’ result. Shellac is a blend of nail varnish and gel (or ‘hybrid gel’), and was created by Creative Nail Design – that’s where the ‘CND’ term comes from. Shellac is applied quite thinly, so may feel a teeny bit lighter on the fingertips. The setting process is the same as a gel, so your tips will cure under UV lighting.  The polish will set to a high-shine finish that should stay intact for up to two weeks. If your nails are in good condition and don’t need strengthening. Shellac manicure is known for its durability, which means – fewer chances of chipping. Therefore this is best for the people who cannot take care of their nails on a regular basis, this will extremely handy for them.

Acrylic Manicure

Acrylic nails are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer. The nail tip is applied to the nail, and then a ball is created by dipping a brush into liquid monomer and placing the wet brush in powder polymer. This ball is placed on the nail bed and patted into place using liquid monomer. The finished product is cured, normally by air drying. Acrylics are affordable, Many nail technicians are experienced in working with this type of nail, so you don't have to search very hard to find someone skilled in this type of artificial nail. 

Hot Stone Manicure

Hot stone manicure is basically a type of treatment which involves a deeply relaxing hot rock hand and arm massage. It helps to relieve strain and relax your muscles. During the therapy, the beautician will place smooth, flat stones - basalt stones -- on your hands and fingers and massage it with them. The heat generated from these stones stimulates the pressure points in your body areas where it is massaged. This therapy is time-consuming and takes at least 50 minutes to 1 hour for completion - but it is totally worth it!

Mirror Manicure

Do you like your nails to look shiny and prominent? Then go for a mirror manicure. This manicure involves coating your nails with black and drying. After a couple of coating, the mirror powder is applied and your nails are sealed. This is followed by a gel coating for achieving the desired lustre, thereby leaving you with glossy nails.

French manicure and Reverse French manicure

French manicure mostly loved by everyone & it is undoubtedly one of the most popular beauty treatments for the nails. The procedure basically involves the carry out of the regular manicure procedure followed by the application of nude or natural coloured nail paint on the nails along with white coloured nail paint at the tip. And Reverse French manicure is just like the traditional French manicure. But in this technique, instead of the tip, the cuticles are painted with the lighter shade.

Dip Powder Manicure

Dip powder nails are chic. It’s stylish. And, more importantly, it lasts longer that lasts up to four weeks without using a UV light to set the polish. They're pretty similar to gels in that you're fusing the powdered solution to the base of your nail. Dip powder manicure protects your nails from such unlikely accidents. It is done using a coloured powder and a resin-type glue to give you a long-lasting manicure.


Having a manicure is a luxury – and a luxury that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Give your nails a good manicure treatment and make your fingers shine! But be open yo your manicurist tell them all about your wants & issues (health issues) so that they will provide the best manicure to you.