Nails chip, crack and break but for some it’s more of a problem than others. With all of the different elements that our hands and fingernails are exposed to on a daily basis, nails are prone to becoming yellowed and discolored from daily wear and tear. For centuries, perfect and clean nails have been a symbol of how well one takes care of him or herself and their status in society, something that has caused the much-admired French manicure to become as popular as it is today.
What is a French Manicure?
French manicures are believed to have originated some time during the 18th Century in Paris, France. As decades went by, this type of manicure continued to grow in popularity until the 1930s, when it became the staple type of salon manicure or at-home “do it yourself” nail treatment. Since then, the French manicure has always been the very most popular amongst the different manicure techniques that exist today.
French manicures are often thought to be the “first” of several different manicurist techniques. This type of manicure is characterized by having a very white nail tip with a pink or nude-shade base. If you choose to have a French manicure these days, however, you will quickly find out just how many different designs and colors you can have rather than the classic white-tips with a pink-base. Some even opt for small decals to be applied, or even fake jewels and gems to add that some extra sparkle!
How can I Get a French Manicure?
A French manicure is not limited to being something that has to be performed in a spa or salon – you can do it at home too! You can either try “free handing” the design (not recommended for those who even have a slightly shaky hand) or purchase “guiding stickers” that will help you paint only the tips rather than the nail bed.
The other option would be to visit a salon and make an appointment to have a manicure. Salons are a fantastic choice as you have a true professional right there, taking care of your nails and ensuring that the job is done correctly. Professionals will either paint your real nail (if you have nails that are long enough!) or more often will apply a very long false nail to your finger. You specify how long you would like the nail to be, and the nail technician will trim the fake fingernail down to that desired size. From there, you will be able to choose any number of different color combinations, designs, and appliqués to be applied to your nails!
How can I Choose the Best Manicurist for my French Manicure?
Manicures sometimes do go wrong, but there are a few things you can check for to ensure that you are having the most qualified person do your French manicure. You should always:
- Make sure that the manicurist is licensed and that it is displayed.
- Look over the food baths and ensure they’re clean.
- See if fresh hand towels are being used.
- If the salon is neat and tidy.
- Observe the salon to see if any metal tools are returned to a disinfectant after use. This helps spread fungus and bacteria from user to user.
- Make sure the manicurist is listening to YOU and not going with his or her own assumptions of what you want.