You can lengthen the free edge of the nail plate using tips or special forms. In the first case, it is necessary to glue a piece of plastic to the horny surface and give it the necessary contours, as well as carefully file the borders with the contact zone. Forms for nail extension allow you to immediately create a smooth and imperceptible transition using a ready-made template.
What are the forms for nail extension?
The classification of the described devices is carried out according to 2 parameters – the material of manufacture and the method of fastening. The first group includes disposable (soft) and reusable (hard) forms for nail extension. They, in turn, are also divided into several types.
Disposable accessories can be made from the following materials:
- paper with metal or polymer coating;
- combination of metal and polymer.
Reusable molds are made of metal or Teflon, plastic is rarely used, it is too difficult to disinfect. Manicurists prefer disposable devices, as they allow you to perfectly fit the finished templates to any shape of the nail plates, to create the perfect contours for each client.
There are also lower (standard) and upper forms for nail extension.
The first specified type is a substrate on which the working material is laid out. The disadvantage of such devices is the need for filing, grinding and polishing the surface after building.
The upper forms look like tips with a graduation scale. Their use allows you to get a completely smooth and shiny surface that does not need to be finished.
How to use different forms for nail extension?
The accuracy of the procedure and the aesthetic appearance of extended nails depend on the fastening of the form. Therefore, it is important to know how to wear them correctly.
Disposable devices are pre-compressed, acquiring an oval shape. In this state, the forms are put on the fingers so that the natural nails are within a special hole, and the template is their continuation. With the help of the “ears” the lateral ridges of the finger are covered as tightly as possible, this will prevent excess material from leaking onto the skin. If necessary, the accessory can be cut with scissors, adjusting it to the desired contours.
To build up with reusable forms, the material is laid out on the inside of the template. First, it is attached to the natural nail and pressed tightly, after which the free edge is lengthened. After the material dries, the form is neatly and easily removed from above.
How to replace forms for nail extension?
If you urgently need to carry out the extension procedure, but there are no special templates and you won’t be able to buy them, you can use dense and smooth foil. It is advisable to pre-cut blanks similar to disposable forms. It is not recommended to try to replace the devices with paper, cellophane or oilcloth.