Nails, Nails, Nails - From Sticker to Extension

MAY 7TH 2021

Nails, Nails, Nails - From Sticker to Extension

MAY 7TH 2021

Whatever you hope for, there’s no shortage of options, truly.

Whatever you hope for, there’s no shortage of options, truly.

Words by Carla Kim

A nail makeover is definitely on top of my list of ‘a little something for myself’. Our hands are one of the few parts of our body that we can see at all times, and yes, beautiful, fresh nail art really heightens my mood for the day as often as they catch the sight. Nails work perfectly as a styling item as well - so if you’re in the mood for a makeover today, take a look at all types of options below - from natural to dramatic, from under $10 to professional formula. Let’s dive in!

Where it all started, Nail Polish

The magical hued liquid in a bottle. Nail polish is a lacquer made of film-forming polymer and volatile solvent to decorate or protect human nail plates. Regular nail polish dries naturally after application, but gel nail polish require either UV or LED light to cure. DIY gel nail is in high demand nowadays as it’s remarkably durable and can be hardened fast, hence less worries on smudging. The downside is, it requires the soak-off process(soak your gel for a while into acetone before removing it), which is bothersome and can be damaging to your nails if done in the wrong way. Many salon techs use either regular or gel polish to design their nail art. However, those products are not recommended for people with allergic reactions on ingredients used in polishes, so beware.

Easy DIY, Nail Sicker

A nail sticker is made of different ingredients, but the idea is to apply a ready made formula on top of your nail plate in the form of a sheet. Lots of nail sticker brands offer us options ranging from affordable plastic sheets to premium strips made of real gel polish. It’s easy, affordable, and oftentimes offers us the joy of choosing between beautiful designs to apply on your nails. Nail stickers are also easier and relatively inexpensive options compared to going to the nail salon or even DIY nails, because you don’t need all the different shades and ingredients used to paint the design you want. The downside is, it might not yield the gloss and thickness of gel polish, or simply not fit your nail bed - so when choosing a design, make sure to refer to a size chart and check the components of the product for a fail-proof purchase.

We present - a Semi-Cured Gel

Nail stickers are by far one of the easiest and affordable nail options, but ohora wanted more. We wanted to reenact the gloss and thickness as well as the long wear of real gel polish. ohora gel nail sticker is made from real gel polish from the base to the top, rendering the premium salon gel nail formula into ready-made stick-ons. Cured only up to 60%, you can feel the seamless fit of the squishy gel strips. Cure with UV light to see the remarkable DIY nail done by none other than - you!

Makeover done in seconds, press-on nails

Press-ons are plastic nail tips already designed with art that goes straight on your nail plate as is. Either with or without separate nail glue, press on tips can give you an immediate and dramatic nail makeover as it can give you the exact shape, color, and design of the product right on your fingertips. No need to dry, which means no need to worry about smudging. It’s also a preferable option if you like DIY nail shapes other than your natural plates such as the perfect ballerina, square, coffin and stilettos. The downside, however, is because it's 100% ready-made, you might find it difficult to fit the product to your nail width or curve. Also, because the tips are attached with nail glues and they usually don’t seal the nail plate perfectly, your hair might get caught in between, or worse, nail fungus or infection could develop to be a problem.

To infinity and beyond, Nail extensions

When you just can’t get enough with ready-mades, then the next-level option also exists. You can literally make your nail into shapes you want with nail extension techniques. Extension using builder gels or silk can extend and reshape your nails dramatically. Usually done in a salon, nail extensions using ingredients require a lot of skills. Easier options also exist, as you can use glue on a full or partial acrylic tip on top of your natural nail for a longer look.

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