Russian manicure, french manicure, or Japanese manicure? We’ve never heard of a manicure so much. The treatments and techniques that accompany this care are varied and range from simple filing to the most diverse masks and ointments. Over 4000 years ago, the ancients already stood out in the care of their nails. Bright, pigmented with henna, bathed in aromatic and moisturizing oils, this more than ancestral treatment continues to be reinvented year after year.
Manicure is the set of operations that aim to treat not only the nails but also the hands. On the one hand, the nail is treated: it is cut and/or filed to give it the desired shape, the cuticle is cleaned and its surface is prepared for the application of varnish. The hand can also be treated by applying an exfoliant to remove excess dead cells as well as to nourish and hydrate deeply. We will get neat and healthy hands and nails. And for that, there are multiple methods and techniques that we can apply according to needs and tastes. We will summarize each of them so that you understand what they are and what it is about. So you can make an informed choice.
The Russian Manicure is one of the most popular techniques nowadays and more than a manicure, it mainly focuses on the treatment of cuticles. It is called “Russian” because it is a prevalent technique and widely used in this country which gives so much importance to nail care. Its main feature is the use of an electric lathe which removes and thoroughly cleans the dead tissue from the part called the cuticle. We will not use technical vocabulary on this occasion, but it is a little more complicated than cleaning the cuticle. It is a technique that has created and continues to generate quite a bit of controversy because of its potential damage.
The truth is that if highly qualified and experienced professionals do not do it, the consequences can be terrible. It requires great skill on the turn, knowing how to detect the type of cuticle we are dealing with. It is essential to properly perform the operation using the lathe and the appropriate heads or if we have to remove the cuticle with the machine and cut it with pliers or scissors. It is a dry operation, that is to say, that we do not apply an emollient to soften the cuticle. The result is spectacular. The advantages are mainly the maximum duration of the enamel since we can make a perfect application almost under the cuticle. It prolongs the time during which the growth of the nail is perceived.
The French manicure that we have heard so much about was born in the early twentieth century, just after the invention of the first nail polish, a consequence of the progress of the chemical industry developed during the Second World War. Revlon launches the first nail polish on the market, and the French pharmacist indicates how to apply it: leave the free edge and the area of the lunula unpolished, which brings out the pink of the nail. Years later, it is the American Jeff Pink, who will put in vogue this technique which has known how to cross time and become an indisputable classic.
It is not a manicure technique, but an application of varnish. It is to say that after having carried out the manicure (filing, treatment of the cuticles, and preparation of the nails), one proceeds to the application of the varnish. In this case, it is a question of drawing or tracing in white the free edge of the nail to emphasize it.
Today in the world of nail art, the French nail has also evolved to become fantasy and make-up of almost all colors.
Unlike French manicure, Japanese manicure mainly focuses on the care and treatment of hands and nails. It is a real beauty ritual whose main objective is to restore strength and beauty to the weakest and most damaged nails without forgetting the whole hand.
The filing and treatment of cuticles are done with a whole battery of natural ingredients: jojoba oil, bamboo, ylang-ylang, red tea, beeswax, pearl powder, vanilla extract, ginseng, rice milk, and lotus seed extract, to name a few.
The main difference is that instead of applying varnish, a particular paste is applied to the nail. It is used by massaging and polishing the nail, which helps to maintain the active ingredients and maximize their effectiveness.
Which one appeals to you?