Solar Nails: 6 Important Benefits You Need to Know

Solar nails are a new trend in the beauty industry. Most people do not know what to expect when they hear these words because there is no substantial information about these artificial nails.

You should, at least, know what they are and how to care for them before visiting a salon.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about solar nails. What are solar nails, and how do they differ from other artificial nails? How do you remove them? These are the kinds of questions that we will answer. So, keep reading!

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What are Solar Nails?

What are Solar Nails?

If you hear the word solar, you might think of the solar panels that generate electricity, but it is a different story in the beauty industry. If you know acrylic nails or have probably visited a salon to apply them, you won’t have a hard time understanding solar nails.

Solar nails are a new form of artificial nails, just like acrylic and other false nails. The distinguishing factor is the application. Solar nails are applied to the natural nail and have a French manicure appearance.

When you visit a salon for solar nails, you won’t be surprised how it covers your entire nails. It consists of a white part to cover your natural nails and a pink-toned part, which covers the nail bed. This results in a French manicure appearance.

You can leave solar nails as they are for a simple look, but you can also paint them your favorite color to look for what you need. Whatever design you  choose, solar nails will make you look gorgeous and elegant.

Solar Nails Background

Solar nails, as already mentioned, is a form of acrylic nails. It is not a new technology but was discontinued, giving an impression of a new brand in the market today.

Solar nail is a product of Creative Nail Design (CND), formed in 1979. Over the years, CND has improved the product, resulting in the discontinuation of solar nail liquid. Currently, solar nails are known as pink and white French acrylic nails.

What Is the Difference Between Solar Nails and Traditional Acrylic Nails?

Manicurist make shape to enlarged acrylic nails with clamps in a beauty salon
Manicurist make shape to enlarged acrylic nails with clamps in a beauty salon

There are a few differences that set solar nails apart. In this section, we will highlight just a few differences and you can decide whether you need them or not.

Solar nails last longer

Traditional acrylic nails usually take about two weeks before they need refilling. Having them will make you a frequent visitor to the salon, something that will consume your time and money.

Solar nails, on the other hand, need refilling but after every three weeks. There is a difference of 7 days, meaning you can save yourself from the hassles of finding the time and booking your spot at a salon. But the fact that they last longer also comes at a price.

Solar nails considered healthier

It is easier to maintain nail hygiene if you have fingernails on than a traditional acrylic nail. This will save you from nail infections caused by fungi and other microorganisms. They look more natural and do not fade as fast as conventional acrylic.

They are healthier because they cause less strain on your natural nails compared to traditional acrylic nails. This prevents damage to the nails, and you can remove them to be left with your natural nails.

Beauty is expensive

Solar nails are more elegant and attractive compared to other artificial nails. Also, they are a new trend in the beauty world, meaning they are still in high demand. These two factors make solar nail services to be charged at a higher fee.

If you need quality, then you are better off choosing solar nails. They are strong enough to prevent your natural nails from breaking even if you have them for long. You pay extra for this advantage.

Application difference

Traditional acrylic nails require both polymer powder and liquid monomer to form a new layer on top of your natural nails. They are basically artificial extensions that are glued to your nails. Solar nails, on the other hand, are directly applied to your natural nails.

Nail Tips Natural Acrylic Nails

Difference Between Solar Nails and Gel Nails

Woman in a nail salon receiving manicure by a beautician. Beauty treatment concept.

Gel nails are also a popular nail extension brushed on your natural nails and UV treated to harden. They are much easier to apply than acrylic types. Unlike gel nails, solar nails naturally harden on your natural nails without UV.

There are other differences, which are as highlighted below:

  • By appearance, gel nails are glossier but are less strong. If glossiness is what attracts you, then you can choose gel over solar nails.
  • No chemicals are used for gel nails application. This makes them environmentally friendly and with no health side effects. Solar nails have chemicals and should be used with care.
  • It is easier to remove solar nails than gel nails. More on solar nail removal later.
  • Solar nails are more affordable and last longer than gel nails.

How Do You Get Solar Nails?

Finger Nail Salon
Finger Nail Salon

You probably have to book a spot at  your favorite salon to have a manicurist work on your nails. It is a process that needs experience and expertise, something that you can rarely have at home. What you can probably do is to prepare yourself for it.

The process begins with a nail technician cleaning your natural nails, followed by the placement of white solar nails to cover them. Next, a pink nail is used to cover the nail head and then left to dry. The look and appearance achieved are similar to that of French nails.

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Nails?

Benefits of Solar Nails
Benefits of Solar Nails

Solar nails have been warmly received in the beauty industry because of the myriad of benefits that come with them. We have mentioned a few of them, but we will get deeper in this section.

There are also cons associated with them. This is your opportunity to know everything beforehand.

Benefits of Solar Nails

  • Durable – Unlike acrylic nails that need refilling every two weeks, solar nails can go up to three weeks. You won’t have to be a frequent visitor to the salon for refilling.
  • No tarnishing – Unlike other artificial nails that turn yellowish when exposed to UV light, solar nails are likely to maintain their elegant look for a long time.
  • Strong – Making nails is costly enough. You do not want them to break the following day after coming from a salon, and that is where solar nails get a thumbs up. They are of high quality and do not break easily.
  • Look natural – Despite being artificial nails, it is not easy to distinguish solar nails from natural ones. In fact, you will never realize the difference if you do not have a keen eye.
  • More polished – If you need polished nails, then dress them with solar nails. They are attractive and fade-resistant, giving you a lasting elegant look.
  • Easy removal – The last thing you would want is to struggle when removing artificial nails. However beautiful they look. There shall be a time for you to get rid of them, and solar nails give you an easy time. In some cases, they simply fall off without damaging your natural nails’ texture.

Disadvantages of Solar Nails

  • Scarce supply – Solar nails are the exclusive property of CND and are available only at limited places. You might end up getting a fake one if you are not careful. Going to a reputable salon may be the only solution.
  • Has chemicals – Solar nails have chemicals, and you are advised not to use them when expecting a baby.
  • Heavy – If you are not used to artificial nails, then you might fight solar nails a bit heavier on your fingers.
  • Damage nail bed – Like all other artificial nails, solar nails will eventually harm your nail bed if used for a long time.
  • Expensive – The cost of having your fingers dressed with solar nails is much higher than when you go for a traditional acrylic nail.
  • Limited design options – Solar nails result in a French manicure appearance. If that is not your thing, then it might not be the best option for you.

How to Remove Solar Nails

Do you have a question to answer when it comes to solar nail removal? Probably yes, but it is not a tough one. CND solar nails are easy to remove, but we have to warn you that it is not for everyone. If you do not have the right tools and experience, then go to a salon.

All artificial nails, including solar nails, damage the nail bed for prolonged use. That is why you should be careful and remove them at the right time. Do not be deceived by the fact that solar nails make your natural nails stronger.

Professional Solar Nail Removal at a Nail Salon

Visit the nearest nail salon for professional removal if you are unsure about the process. You will find experts with the right equipment to handle the task, but you can also do it at home if you have all the skills and tools needed.

Manicurists have all the essentials required to safely remove solar nails from your finger without destroying the texture of your natural nails. It might be expensive and time-consuming, but it is worth the effort.

DIY Solar Nail Removal

If you have the skills and guts to handle this task yourself, you should save yourself the time and effort of going to a nail salon. However, we have to warn you that attempting it yourself can destroy your natural nails if you do have experience doing it.

There are different ways of removing solar nails at home, but we will discuss just a few of them here.

Acetone soaking

This is one of the easiest methods you can use to bring back your natural nails. Find a glass or metal container and pour acetone nail polish remover into it. Plastic containers are not the best for mixing solutions because of possible reactions. So, simply avoid them.

Next, apply a petroleum jelly of your choice on your finger to protect your skin from any possible burns from the solution. Dip the entire nails into the solution and let them stay in the solution for 20 minutes.

Use cuticle remover to gently scrape off the top layer, but only do this if it is soft enough. In case the solar nails are still hard, dip them again into the solution.

Wash your hands with warm water and soap to remove the acetone.

Using nail polish remover

This is a cost-effective method in case you could not access acetone solution. With your nail polish remover ready, proceed as follows:

  1. Trim the solar nails and then tilt the edges upwards using a tweezer.
  2. Immerse the nails in a container with nail polish for about 40 minutes to loosen the solar nails. Pull them gently and wash your hands with warm water and soap.

Cotton soaking

  1. Dump cotton balls in acetone solution.
  2. Cover your fingers with aluminum foil to protect them from burns.
  3. Cover the solar nails with a dump cotton ball soften them
  4. Use a towel to cover your palm from the heat in the next step.
  5. Wrap the solar nails with cotton balls using a heating pad and heat for 15 minutes under low heat.
  6. Remove the balls. Solar nails should come off with ease, and if that does not happen, you can repeat the same process again.

Parrot Polish Berries By the Shore (Solar)

Caring for Your Natural Nail After Solar Nails Removal

Solar nails or any other artificial nails are beautiful, and they make you look gorgeous. However, there is a time when you should live without them. That is when you need your natural beauty back.

Fortunately, you can regain your natural nails if you do not overdo artificial ones. You can go about many ways,, but the success rate will depend on the extent to which your nail texture was damaged. Here are a few tips to consider:

Regular manicure

This process might seem very expensive, but it is worth it. Weekly manicures are considered ideal for boosting blood circulation in the nail bed, thereby initiating natural nail growth. You have the manicures done at home or at a nail salon.

If you choose to do it yourself, then proceed as follows:

  1. Put warm water in a container and dip your fingers and cuticles into it for about 10 minutes.
  2. Massage your fingers to stimulate blood circulation. You can use cuticle oil with essential vitamins to promote faster nail growth.

Trim nails

Your fingernails will begin to grow. Do be in a hurry to keep them. Instead, trim the nails as regularly as you can to promote overall nail health and thickness. It also helps your body to rebuild all damaged tissues to allow for stronger and thicker nail growth.

Use recommended nail strengthening products

There are products in the market that can help you regain your natural nails after the damage caused by solar nails or any other artificial nail.

These products have strengthening and stimulating properties needed to repair the nail bed. Find the right one and use it appropriately.

Use ridge fillers

After solar nail removal, you can be left with unsightly features on your natural nails. We are sure you did not see that coming, but now you have to deal with it. Apply ridge fillers under the nail polish layer. Some of these products can moisturize and condition your nails.

Treat any infection and avoid color

After removing solar nails, it is advisable to remain as natural as possible. Do not introduce many chemicals by painting your nails. But if you must use them, then reduce exposure by alternating between painting and not painting.

Nail infections are common after removing artificial nails. Any signs such as pain should be reported to a doctor and appropriate medication prescribed. Such infections, if not treated, can ruin your nails forever.

Check on your diet

You can consult a nutritionist on the best diet that can promote healthy nail growth. Drinking enough water and eating foods rich in biotin can make all the difference.

Final Thoughts on Solar Nails

CND solar nails are acrylic nails that are applied to the natural nails and hardened by air. They are long-lasting, more polished, and appear more natural. You can easily remove solar nails at home using acetone or nail polish remover.

Solar nails are not eco-friendly and can potentially damage the nail bed for prolonged use. You are advised to use the appropriate methods when ditching them and going back to natural nails.

Be more concerned with practices that promote nail growth to gain the strength and thickness of your natural nails. Make your nail bed heal faster by doing any of the things discussed in this article.