Monday 20 November 2017

Treatments on trial: Minx Nails

Blake Lively is a fan of Minx nails. Photo: Getty Images
Blake Lively is a fan of Minx nails. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

This week we at Independent Woman have been researching what is new and cutting edge in the world of nails. If you want to spruce up your nails without damaging them, Minx nails may be the solution you've been searching for.

What is it?

Minx nails are shaped, sticker-like films which are applied to nails using an adhesive backing which is heat activated. Available in a range of designs and colours the nail overlays are applied by therapists in Minx approved salons.

The process:

Nails are filed and lightly buffed and the stickers are left to soften under a heat lamp. Once the stickers are ready, your therapist will apply the sticker onto the nail bed. Stretched over the nail tip and shaped to your nail contour, the excess of the overlay is then filed away leaving nothing but a perfectly printed pinky.

The Results: Nails are left looking neat, groomed and depending on the design of your choosing - wonderfully wacky. As nails are also shaped and cuticles pushed back during the treatment, when the Minx designs do fall away, all that's left will be manicured, perfectly shaped nails waiting for a touch of paint.

Why you should:

Although they don't last anywhere near as long, Minx are a good alternative to gel nails and don't leave the nail face with glue damage or discoloration. As the profile of the Minx overlay is wafer thin, the finished result leaves a much more natural profile than bulkier alternatives and for special occasions or girlie treats the end result is pretty much immaculate.

Why you shouldn't:

At the moment designs could be described as a little bright. The fact that Blake Lively currently favours the silver version and Lady Gaga the gold probably tells you the designs aren't for the wallflowers out there. If you prefer nails on the quieter side or are a lady of a certain age, this trend might be best left for the under 25s. Although the pedicure version lasts for up to five weeks, the Minx finger designs only last for between three and eight days which might be a little too high maintenance to have done on a regular a basis.

How long does it take?

The treatment takes around 40 minutes and costs €35 for a full set on hands or feet.

How do I get an appointment? To book an appointment phone Naildressers on 01 6729922 or call in at 22 Drury Street, Dublin 2.

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