If you are a nail art freak like me or you like wearing false nails, you must be excited and fascinated with the new Silk Nails. To be honest, they are not as ‘new’ as they sound_ they made their market debut back in the 80s, but they appeared briefly because acrylic nails overshadowed them and gained traction in the mainstream manicure market. Around 2019, they seemed like they were making a comeback. It’s great to see nails fashion returning to the world of nail art for the ladies who have gotten enough of acrylic nails fashion and for those who like to reminisce old-school styles. It’s a great prospect for nails design. The young generation of chicks who like to stay more trendy would also like them because they don’t lack behind other trendy nail pieces in looks and functionality. If you are planning to visit a nail salon soon and consider silk nails as a suitable candidate, this article will help you immensely. We will try to address your every query like:
- Are Silk Wrap Nails better than Acrylic and Gel Nails?
- Difference between Silk Wrap and Fiberglass Nails.
- How do we apply Silk Wrap Nails?
- How expensive are they?
- Pros and Cons of Silk Wrap Nails
- How long do Silk Wrap Nails Last?
- Aftercare and Maintenance
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What are Silk Wrap Nails?
Many of us have most commonly heard about gel nails, acrylic nails, and french nails; that’s why we are not familiar with silk nail wraps. These nails are exactly what they sound, i.e., nails wrapped with bits of Silk to create a gorgeous, natural-looking effect. They are usually applied on shorter or round nails. However, ladies with longer nails can also use them after cutting and reshaping. The design is getting popular daily because it boosts your nail aesthetics while giving minimal damage to natural nails. If you have weak or brittle nails, Silk Wrap Nail are ideal for reinforcing them.
A brief history of Silk Wrap Nails
A rumor goes on saying that Ancient Egyptians used paper to reinforce their natural nails. However, the verified sources date them back to the 1920s, when manicurists used tea bags and coffee filter wraps to reinforce broken and split nails. It wasn’t until the 1980s when a nail market giant Linen Batiste Nails first released them. Soon after their introduction in 1983, Brands like Harper’s Bazar recommended their use for women who have trouble naturally growing long nails and hardly achieve their desired length.
Are Silk Wrap Nails better than Gel and Acrylic Nails?
The biggest advantage that these Nails have over Gel and Acrylic nails is that they cause little to no damage to your natural nails; In fact, they give strength to them. An adhesive keeps them in place, further bolstered with a resin. However, Acrylic nails are a better option for those who seek to add length to their nails. Gel nails, on the other hand, work better for those who have to do ‘watery’ house chores.
Difference between Silk Wrap Nails and Fiberglass Nails
Silk Wrap Nails are often confused with Fiberglass nails because they are both applied the same way. However, the only difference between the two is the fabric they use for the nail reinforcement. Fiberglass nails are more noticeable and stronger than Silk Wrap Nails. However, they both do a great job of nail reinforcement.
Pros of Silk Wrap Nails
- The first and foremost choice for nail strengthening; silk nails give additional structure to nails with its wrap, and the resin makes it hard.
- Another great thing about them is that they never damage the real nails when you try to remove them (provided that you remove them correctly!) Acrylic and Gel Nails may hurt your nails while removed.
- They are lightweight and let your nails breathe! Other nails extensions feel thick and suffocating for your natural nails. They are more flexible than Acrylic and Gel extensions.
- You don’t need to paint these Nails if you don’t want to. Similarly, you can put them on without designs. In this way, they look more like natural nails than all other nail extensions.
- They are the easiest to design; all it takes is a gel nail polish and lacquer if you want to wear them like natural nails.
- If you have put various artificial nail extensions before, your nails need a break. Silk Wrap Nails dont suffocate them and let them breathe due to being lightweight.
- They don’t need a UV Lamp’s light for application and no prolonged acetone dip for removal. They also don’t need extensive filing.
- They are the best option for elders and those with sensitive skin and nails.
- Feet Silk Wrap Nail helps with damaged and ingrown toenails.
Cons of Silk Wrap Nails
- Due to the delicate nature of their material, they are not as tough and durable as other nail extensions, like gel nails, acrylic nails, and dip powder nails. Although they strengthen your real fingernail, they are not as strong as they are.
- If your work entails frequent wetting of nails or you are a hygiene lover who loves to wash hands often, skin wrap nails are not for you,
- It is not a mainstream or popular nail service, so they are likely not to be available in your nearest nail salon. On the other hand, gels and acrylics are the high-demand nails procedures, and besides nail salons, most beauty salons provide this service. However, as they are easy to apply, you can do them at home.
- Acrylics are the toughest, and they last for the longest, while Silk wraps have the shortest life.
How long do the Silk Wraps last?
Silk Wraps don’t last for longer or as long as we want them to be. Acrylic nails, being the hardest, last for three weeks with a guarantee. After that, they need a refill. Silk Wraps averagely last somewhere between seven to ten days or even less for those whose hands get recurrent water exposure. We can’t avoid the force and friction we encounter during our daily routine tasks, which proves damaging for delicate Silk Wraps.
Silk Wrap Nails are too good to avoid despite their flaws; give them a try at home as soon as possible.