5 things to know about semi-permanent varnish

What is semi-permanent varnish?

Semi-permanent varnish does not really have the texture of a varnish, but rather that of a pigmented acrylic gel. Its interest, as its name suggests, is that it stays in place much longer than a conventional varnish. With a semi-permanent varnish, you are guaranteed to have nails painted without scales for about two weeks. It is no longer worth being too careful looking for your keys in the handbag, doing the dishes or tinkering: the semi-permanent varnish resists all shocks. Your nails are colored, shiny, without flaking, permanently.

How is the semi-permanent varnish installed?

The semi-permanent varnish can be applied either at home or in an institute. The first step is to perform a manicure to make sure you have well-defined, smooth, cuticle-free nails. Once the nails are ready, they will receive 4 layers of varnish. The first layer is a base to protect the nails and keep the polish for a long time. The next two layers are those of the semi-permanent varnish itself. Finally, the fourth layer is what is called the top coat, that is to say the layer which protects the varnish and prevents it from flaking off too quickly. Between each coat application, the nails are positioned under a UV or LED lamp to dry them for 30 seconds. As soon as the last layer is dry, the varnish is operational and will not be damaged for several days. There are now kits to do your semi-permanent manicure yourself at home.

How does it withdraw?

To remove semi-permanent polish, it's not as simple as a classic nail polish. In an institute, the beautician will first protect the skin around the nails by applying an oil. She will then polish the surface of the nails and then wrap them each with a cotton pad soaked in acetone and aluminum foil. You have to wait about a quarter of an hour for the semi-permanent varnish to come off without forcing. Some institutes offer to soak the nails in a bowl filled with acetone before removing the softened varnish with a boxwood stick. Filing the varnish is really not a good solution, because it could remove layers of keratin from which the nails are designed. In all cases, the varnish should not be kept for more than 3 weeks.


Frequency of use

Semi-permanent varnish is the subject of many debates among beauty addicts. Some users approve of its effectiveness and the pleasure of having beautiful colored nails for several days, but they indicate that the nails come out damaged and weakened. Indeed, it is not recommended to abuse the semi-permanent varnish, otherwise the nails no longer see the sunlight and suffocate under the layers of varnish. They may turn yellow, split or become soft. But to avoid this, it is enough to practice the semi-permanent varnish in a reasonable way : it is good to leave the nails natural for a few days, even a few weeks, before reproducing a semi-permanent varnish application session. Thus, the nails have time to strengthen and breathe.

Bonus info

There is as much color in semi-permanent varnish as in classic nail polish. It is even quite possible to do nail art.

If you bite your nails, it is not recommended to practice a semi-permanent manicure. This would risk damaging them and weakening them even more.


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