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What to Expect When Getting a Manicure

16th July 2015

Whilst we know that many of you are very familiar with the process of coming in to our nail salon to get a manicure, for some your visit to our nail salon in Brighton may be your first visit to a nail salon. We know that there’s a lot of choice available to you, and for some that can be a little daunting, but rest assured that our friendly beauticians are here to help. We want you to feel calm and relaxed when you come to our nail salon, and as experts in what we do we’re ready to answer any questions about manicures and pedicures that you might have, and we’re prepared to do this for you on your visit. For those of you who like to know a bit more before hand, we’ve put together this handy guide about some of the different manicures that are available to you.

What is Included in a Manicure

Hand MassageMost basic manicures include care for your cuticles and a hand massage, however we do offer a Mini manicure that simply offers a nail file and application of a polish of your choosing. A basic manicure entails treatment for your cuticles after which we soak your hands before drying them, ensuring that you’re relaxed and your nails are ready to be manicured. We shape your nails to your desired shape, and we can offer a moisturising hand massage, for which we use an intensive moisturiser from OPI called Avoplex that leaves your skin feeling smooth, supple, and almost instantaneously moisturised. Once these steps have been completed we begin application of your first layer of nail polish, and then subsequent layers before finally drying the nails.

Choose the Shape of Your Nails

Nail ShapesWe assume that you know what sort of look you want to achieve, but don’t worry if you’re unsure, we’re here to help and give you advice if you want it. Traditionally we find our clients choose to go for square tipped nails, oval nails, a combination of the two, dubbed the squoval by many nail technicians, or the ever popular stiletto shape. At the end of the day it’s up to you what shape you prefer your nails to be, and our beauticians will listen to you and shape your nails how you want them to look, and make sure that your nails are the shape that best suits you and your lifestyle.

Consider the Classic French Manicure

Still very popular, the French manicure (or French tip/finish) is a timeless look that is well known around the world and highly desired. The French comprises of a nude nail with a striking white tip, which gives your nails a natural healthy look. A new approach to this classic look is the reverse French manicure wherein the lunula (also known as the moon) of the nail is painted white and the rest of the nail is painted in a darker shade. There also exists a style that some refer to as the American manicure which shares many similarities with the French manicure, but with more rounded tips that are painted in off-white or neutral colours instead of white.

OPI Gel Manicure

At Match Skin Salon we’re big believers in OPI branded products, they offer great choice and their polish lasts for an exceptionally long time; OPI Gels last that extra bit longer. A Gel manicure using OPI gel is a great way to get a long lasting manicure which avoids having to use alternatives such as acrylic nails that can be potentially damaging due to the glues used to hold them in place. Like the French manicure, a gel manicure starts out the same as a basic manicure, but utilises a unique polish that is cured with a UV light. Gel manicures are less prone to chipping and last much longer than other manicures, we find that they look great for up to 2 to 3 weeks after application.

What Match Skin Salon Can Do For You

UV NailsAt Match Skin Salon we offer a wide range of different nail treatments in an array of styles to suit you. Our Mini manicure packages include a filing of your nails and application of an OPI polish or gel of your choice. To receive care for your cuticles and the aforementioned luxurious moisturising hand massage, as well as everything in the Mini manicure we offer a Basic manicure. To get the full experience we provide a Delux manicure that includes nail shaping, exfoliation and a nurturing nail mask, an extended moisturising hand massage as well as everything in the Basic manicure.

These packages start at just £10 for a Mini manicure with OPI Classic nail polish, and all of our Mini, Basic and Delux packages are also available as a pedicure, or even as a package for both a manicure and pedicure. You can see how much a luxury pampering at Match Skin Salon would cost by looking at our price list. Our luxury nail salon is located in the heart of Brighton on Duke Street, we offer a tranquil setting to escape from the busy bustle of the Brighton Lanes. If you want to get in touch to find out what we can do for you, you can contact us using our online contact form on our website, through Twitter and Facebook, if you know what you want you can request an appointment, alternatively please do call us on 01273 719009 or come and visit us in Brighton.

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