Nail extension come in two types; extensions and overlays. Nail extensions, also known as tips, are made from a lightweight plastic and are cut to the shape of your nail. These are glued on to your own nails and overlaid with acrylic or gel to secure in place.
Overlays skip the extension step with acrylic or gel being applied directly onto your natural nails and shaped by hand or by using ‘forms’.
Acrylics are the original form of artificial nail. This formula hardens after around 20-30 seconds of being exposed to air and continues to cure for a further 15 minutes. Gel coatings are set in just one or two minutes when exposed to UV light.