What is Structured Manicure: Get Ready for Strong and Long Nails in 2023!

by Gabby

Have you ever dealt with easily chipped nails? You want your nails long, but the second they grow a bit, they break? The manicure experts have discovered the ideal solution which will prevent that from happening! What is structured manicure? Will it make your nails stronger? What is the difference between gel and structured manicure? 

What is Structured Manicure: Get Ready for Strong and Long Nails in 2023!

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Not all of us have strong nails that are not susceptible to breaking. I can’t tell you the times I’ve dreamed of long nails, and the moment I let them grow they start to break. This is because the nail plate is very thin and when the nail grows, because of the weight and length it breaks. However, there is now a new technique that many manicurists are using – the structured manicure. What exactly is it? Let me explain!

What Is a Structured Manicure?

The structured manicure is a nail technique that the experts use to create a stronger nail plate. They use a builder gel, which is under the gel polish, to create a more durable nail plate. That way, your manicure will stay longer and your nails will be secure, since they will not break that easily. This technique is mainly used to make your nails thicker and more even. The result is that you will get a long-lasting manicure, without worrying that your long nails might break. For the ladies out there with thin nails, this is the ideal solution for you!

The Two Types of Structured Manicure

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There are two types of structured manicure – soft and hard. It all depends on from the builder gel used in the process. Your nail expert will decide, which one to use according to your need and your nail plate (or how thin it is). The difference between the two is that if you want to remove the soft gel builder, you can use acetone. But, if you want to remove the hard builder gel, you will have to file it off. If you use these gels, keep in mind that your nails should be cured under a LED Lamp.

We should also mention the fact that hybrid structured manicure also exist. They are not a mixture between the two, but instead manicure experts use a hybrid gel and acrylic formula and they cure the nails under UV or LED Lamp.

Is Structured Manicure Bad for Your Nails?

As previously mentioned, a structured manicure will make your nails much stronger. We can confirm that it is perfect for people with thin nails who want to protect them from breaking. Not only that, but since this techniques is long-lasting, it will save you time and money!

How to Get Structured Manicure at Home?

If you’re the kind of girl who does her own manicures at home, I’m proud of you! You definitely know how to save time and money! And now with this new technique, you’ll save even more because your nails will be so much more durable. Follow these steps to a structured manicure:

  1. First, you have to make sure that your nails are completely clean before you start. Clean any old gel polish that you might have, clean your cuticles and remove any excess oils or dirt with acetone.
  2. Using a file, make sure that you shape your nails, depending on how you want them to look. A piece of advice: square and almond shapes are the easiest to work with. Clean your nail plate with alcohol wipe, when you’re done.
  3. Now, it’s time for the base coat! Some nail experts say that no matter what structure gel you’ll use, you have to have a base coat before that. So, make sure you don’t skip on that step. Cure your nails in the UV or LED lamp as per usual.
  4. You have to apply the builder gel now (soft or hard, depending on what you want). Keep in mind that you have to be extra careful, if you are using a hard builder gel. Make sure that the surface is even and then cure your nails.
  5. If there’s a tacky layer after, you have to remove it, using a cotton pad and acetone.
  6. Here comes the fun part! Choose your nail color and apply the gel polish on top of the builder and cure as usual.
  7. Don’t forget to hydrate your cuticles and nails!

Read also: Find out how to fix chipped gel nail polish at home with these easy steps!

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How to Remove Structural Gel Manicure?

Removing a structured gel manicure is actually easy to do at home as well. Depending on what builder gel you used, you can do it in two ways:

  • soft builder gel – you can soak your nails in acetone, using nail clips and cotton pads
  • hard builder gel – you will have to file the nail to remove the structural gel

Read also: Find everything you need to know about press on nails!

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