From Acrylics to Gel, Here are the Types of Manicures to Try in 2022

Your nails are a way to speak your style without saying a word. More than great hair and clothing, the right manicure can earn you lots of attention, emphasizing your unique sense of fashion.

Try one of these nine different types of manicures in 2022

It’s not always easy to choose the right manicure. Apart from the nail color and texture, you need to think of other things like how long the nails can last, your budget and your natural nail shape. Considering these factors would help you make the right choice.

With that, let’s look at the different types of manicures you can try out on your next nail appointment!  

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Types of french manicures

The French have always been simple, chic and stylish and they bring this energy to manicure! 

Here are a few French manicures to try out on your next trip to the beauty parlor. 

Classic french manicure

Classic French tip nails are where French manicures all started from and they’ve made a huge comeback recently. 

Your manicurist would paint your nails with light pink, beige, or clear nail polish to create this design. 

When it dries up, they’d neatly apply white nail polish to your nail tips to form crescent-like coats. Not a fan of white? You can switch things up with a different color shade. 

The best part of rocking this style is you can fix it up all by yourself—think of it as a DIY manicure! 

French manicure with a logo

How would you like to rock your favorite brand on your nails? Yes, we’re talking about logo nail art—a new trend that’s gaining lots of traction lately. 

Whether you’re an Adidas fan or you love Fenty, you can always feature a bit of your favorite brand on your nails. Talk about rocking designer gear on a budget!

You can be as creative as you like with this style so, feel free to match nail tips with the actual brand logo colors or express your personality with a bit of twist. 

Black nails with red french tips 

If you prefer to wear bold hues, then black nails with red French tips are something to try. 

On their own, black and red are powerful colors that leave an impression, no matter how you rock them. And when you combine them, the result is pure magic! 

Black nails with red French tips effortlessly bring out your sassy and powerful personality. You can pair this manicure with deep red lipstick to further stand out from the crowd. 

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Six different types of acrylic and gel manicures 

If you want your manicure to last longer, you should consider getting a gel or acrylic manicure. Gel and acrylic manicures last longer and you don’t have to worry about ruining your nails after doing the dishes or laundry. There are six different types of gel or acrylic manicures that are most popular: soft gel, hard gel, gradient gel, vinylux, acrylic or dip powder.

The gel manicure process starts with the application of a simple base coat. After this, the manicurist applies the soft gel polish, dries the polish with UV light before applying the hard gel. 

Typically, gel nails last two to three weeks, but no more than three weeks.

Soft gel manicure

Soft gel nails are called “soak-off gels” because you can take off the nail polish with acetone. 

Hard gel manicure

After applying soft gel polish, the manicurist uses hard gel to increase the nail length and add some shimmer and shine to its appearance. 

Types of manicures for short nails or natural nails

Something to note as you choose manicures is the length of your nails. 

While long tips may seem like the most popular manicure style, you can still rock many beautiful manicures if you have short or natural nails. So, there’s no need to miss out on any of the fun! 

Next time you visit your manicurist, try out any of these styles. 

Gradient gel manicure

If you want a chic style that leaves a subtle fashion statement, then gradient gel manicure should be top of your list.

The manicurist applies different color shades of the same gel polish for this style. For example, you can opt for bright colors like red or a more subtle blue or nude nail polish. 

Gradient gel manicure is one of the fastest to get and it’s pretty easy to maintain. 

Vinylux manicure 

If you don’t want to rock the regular nail polish, you can opt for a vinylux manicure. Vinylux has a 2-part color system consisting of a self-adhering color coat and an additional nail polish. 

What we love the most about this is its striking color and long-lasting gloss that adds striking beauty to your short and natural nails. 

When done right, you can wear your vinylux manicure straight for seven days without bothering about topping the coat with more nail polish. YoU can get it done for $10 at home or a nail shop. 

Acrylic manicure

Acrylic manicure is the go-to style for people with short nails. It adds more length to your natural nails and can last as long as three weeks. 

To create an acrylic nail, your manicurist uses powder polymer and a liquid monomer that forms a hard acrylic layer that resembles your natural nails. 

The big difference between a gel manicure and an acrylic manicure is that the latter isn’t a finished product you can get in the market. So, you shouldn’t fix acrylic nails on your own unless you are a trained manicurist. 

Luckily, getting acrylic nails doesn’t cost a fortune. You can get it done at a mid-range beauty parlor for $35 to $60. 

Dip powder manicure 

Dip powder nails are pretty similar to gel manicures. However, unlike gel manicures, dip powder nails do not need any UV lights during fixing. 

The dip powder manicure process is simple. As the name suggests, your manicurist rubs a clear adhesive on each fingernail and then dips them into a pigment-based powder one after the other. After doing this twice or thrice, the manicurist covers each nail with a clear substance that dries off almost immediately. 

Dip powder manicures should last at least 14 days, so you don’t have to bother getting your nails done every other week. 

Don’t forget to experiment with your next nail appointment and try these types of manicures

Manicure season is a great time to get creative with your nails! So, feel free to spice up your nail game with any of the styles we’ve shared in this piece. 

Ready to give your nails a makeover? Book your next manicure on ClassPass today.

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Faith is a freelance writer working with saas, marketing, and e-commerce companies. When she’s not writing, you will find her reading, listening to good ol’ music, or daydreaming about traveling. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.
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