New options for manicures

May 5, 2011 4:50:07 PM PDT
From nicks and chips, to peeling and breaking, most women are familiar with the challenge of trying to get a manicure to last as long as possible.

Fortunately, there are several new options for this dilemma.

Jennifer Quinones, a representative from Incoco, demonstrated how easy Incoco Appliques are to use at a manicure stand in the Westfield Mall. Incoco Appliques is a technique that converts nail polish into strips.

The strip is pressed on the nail and then trimmed at the edge, where it then acts as a shield to protect the nail from breaking.

Incoco Appliques cost about ten dollars and it costs an extra six dollars to have a professional apply them for you.

They are actually easy enough to do yourself, though, whether you want the French manicure or patterns on your nails. Unlike a regular manicure, you don't have to worry about drying time.

Another advantage to Incoco Applique is that they last about two weeks and when you are done with them, you just wipe them off with nail polish remover.

There is another technique that helps prevent your nails from breaking. It is called shellac, which looks like nail polish and contains some of the same solvents as nail polish, but unlike nail polish, it also includes ingredients of a certain gel.

With gels, you don't air dry your nails. Instead, a UV light is used to dry each layer within minutes. You can even wipe the nail without having to worry about smudging.

After the shellac is removed from the nail, the remainder of it is just pushed off with no fuss.

Unlike the Incoco Applique procedure, shellac is meant to be applied and removed by a professional. At Angelo David Salon, the shellac technique costs between thirty-five to forty dollars.

Shellac, like Incoco Applique, also has a long lasting effect but podiatrist Dina Tsenterensky does not look at that as a necessarily good thing. Dr. Tsenterensky prefers that people only use such long-lasting nail products infrequently, or else it can do harm.

Dr. Tsenterensky recommends removing whatever product you choose every week to ensure that the nail remains healthy.

However, the makers of shellac disagree with Dr. Tsenterensky's statements. They feel that their product is completely safe and it actually protects the nail. They also feel their product is very convenient for women on the go because they love it since they can't mess it up.