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  1. Empire Nails & BeautyEmpire Nails & Beauty
    Unit 10 / 195 Ron Penhaligon Way , Robina 4226
  2. Arbour Nail Lounge & BarArbour Nail Lounge & Bar
    Shop 2, 746 Brunswick Street, New Farm 4005
  3. Absolutely Polished NailsAbsolutely Polished Nails
    29 / 31 Somerset Place, Little Bourke St., Melbourne CBD 3000
  4. Bella Nails Australia FairBella Nails Australia Fair
    Shop G044 61 Scarborough Street, Southport 4215
  5. Excel Nails - NorwoodExcel Nails - Norwood
    154 The Parade, Norwood 5067
  6. Signature Nail Designs PananiaSignature Nail Designs Panania
    182a Tower Street (located within Beauty Spot Salon), Panania 2213
  7. Excel Nails - North TerraceExcel Nails - North Terrace
    Shop 3 (inside the New Royal Adelaide Hospital), North Terrace, Station Arcade 5000
  8. Nail ParadiseNail Paradise
    Shop 4/ 332 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204
  9. Allechante Nails & BeautyAllechante Nails & Beauty
    2/414 Toorak Rd, Toorak 3142
  10. Coco Nails - South YarraCoco Nails - South Yarra
    Shop 2, 53-61 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
  11. AKI's Perfect 10 Warringah MallAKI's Perfect 10 Warringah Mall
    145 Old Pittwater Road (Shop 168A Ground Floor Westfield Warring Mall) (Next to DAVID JONES & CITY BEACH), Brookvale 2100
  12. Nails Arcade & SpaNails Arcade & Spa
    21/235 Bourke St, Melbourne CBD 3000
  13. Excel Nails - North AdelaideExcel Nails - North Adelaide
    25A O'Connell Street, North Adelaide 5006
  14. The Nail and Beauty Room - Chelsea HeightsThe Nail and Beauty Room - Chelsea Heights
    Market 279 Wells Road, Chelsea Heights 3196
  15. Kimmys Hair Nails & BeautyKimmys Hair Nails & Beauty
    50 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth 5112
  16. Jade NailsJade Nails
    12 / 48 Alfred Street South, Milsons Point 2061
  17. Nailed Nails and WaxingNailed Nails and Waxing
    8/279 Bay Street, Brighton 3186
  18. OS Nails and BeautyOS Nails and Beauty
    Shop 3 26-28 Macleay Street, Potts Point 2011
  19. Nails by MichelleNails by Michelle
    48 Tunstall Square, Doncaster East 3109
  20. Rosabella Nails & BeautyRosabella Nails & Beauty
    Hunter Connection, Lower Ground, Shop B14, 7-13 Hunter Street, Sydney CBD 2000
  21. Julex Nail SpaJulex Nail Spa
    514 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181
  22. Grace and Joy Nail Hair Beauty SalonGrace and Joy Nail Hair Beauty Salon
    725 Nicholson Street, Carlton North 3054
  23. Salute BeautySalute Beauty
    Shop 8/34-38 Siganto Drive , Helensvale 4212
  24. VONVY Spa NAIL Club - MalvernVONVY Spa NAIL Club - Malvern
    236 Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144
  25. Stunning Nails Hair and BeautyStunning Nails Hair and Beauty
    1198 Glenhuntly Road, Glen Huntly 3163
  26. Divine Camila BeautyDivine Camila Beauty
    2/303 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst 2010
  27. Golden Nails Care - AltonaGolden Nails Care - Altona
    21 Harrington Square, Altona 3018
  28. Melbourne NailsMelbourne Nails
    137 Victoria St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, Melbourne CBD 3000
  1. The Super Rad Nail SistersThe Super Rad Nail Sisters
    322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065
  2. Lovely NailsLovely Nails
    Shop 6 242 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick 3185
  3. Dashing NailsDashing Nails
    1025 High Street, Armadale 3143
  4. Miami NailsMiami Nails
    704 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124
  5. Fresh Nails - Neutral BayFresh Nails - Neutral Bay
    Big Bear Shopping Centre 116 Military Road, Neutral Bay 2089
  6. Wow NailsWow Nails
    Shop 2 / 521 Toorak Rd, Toorak 3142
  7. Posh Nail & SpaPosh Nail & Spa
    33 Hutchinson Street, Lilydale 3140
  8. Essential Shine BeautyEssential Shine Beauty
    90B Balwyn Road, Balwyn 3103
  9. Kot NailsKot Nails
    Shop 9, Box Hill Central Shopping Centre 1-2 Main Street, Box Hill 3128
  10. Jenn Amys NailsJenn Amys Nails
    317 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185
  11. Toorak NailsToorak Nails
    Shop 12 / 501 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142
  12. Top Nails & BeautyTop Nails & Beauty
    70 Station Street, Sandringham 3191
  13. Windsor Nails & BeautyWindsor Nails & Beauty
    164 Chapel Street, Windsor 3181
  14. Boutique Nails and BeautyBoutique Nails and Beauty
    1 Railway Walk South, Hampton 3188
  15. Timeless Nails & BeautyTimeless Nails & Beauty
    103 Maling Road, Canterbury 3126
  16. Amore Nails & Beauty SalonAmore Nails & Beauty Salon
    20 Hewish Road, Croydon 3136
  17. Venus Nails SalonVenus Nails Salon
    349-351 Chapel Street, South Yarra 3141
  18. Port Melbourne Nails and BeautyPort Melbourne Nails and Beauty
    Shop 3 158 Bay Street, Port Melbourne 3207
  19. Texas NailsTexas Nails
    1240 High Street, Armadale 3143
  20. Boronia Nail LoungeBoronia Nail Lounge
    Shop 4 AEC Arcade (Dorset Square) / 218-224 Dorset Road, Boronia 3155
  21. Opulence Nails - LilydaleOpulence Nails - Lilydale
    309 Main Street, Lilydale 3140
  22. Mew Mew Beauty SalonMew Mew Beauty Salon
    Shop 9, Box Hill Central Shopping Centre 1 Main Street, Box Hill 3128
  23. Swan Nail and Foot SpaSwan Nail and Foot Spa
    230 Swan Street, Richmond 3121
  24. Jade Nail SalonJade Nail Salon
    473 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185
  25. Happy Nail South YarraHappy Nail South Yarra
    Shop 13 37 Chambers Street, South Yarra 3141
  26. Hollywood Nails - Box HillHollywood Nails - Box Hill
    Level 1, Shop F12 1 Main St, Box Hill 3128
  27. All Star NailsAll Star Nails
    3a 323 Chapel Street , Prahran 3181
  28. Paradise Nails & FootspaParadise Nails & Footspa
    300 Carlisle St, Balaclava 3183
  29. Ti Amo NailsTi Amo Nails
    Shop 2 / 55 - 65 Railway Road , Blackburn 3130
  30. M.A.I. Nails & FootspaM.A.I. Nails & Footspa
    331 High Street, Northcote 3070
  31. Fresh Nails - HawthornFresh Nails - Hawthorn
    769b Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122
  32. Octave Nails - HeidelbergOctave Nails - Heidelberg
    Shop 5b, Warringal Shopping Centre, 56 Burgundy Street , Heidelberg 3084
  33. Five Star NailsFive Star Nails
    126 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
  34. Fantastic NailsFantastic Nails
    135 Mentone Parade, Mentone 3194
  35. Love NailsLove Nails
    Shop T38 / 33 Hutchinson St, Lilydale 3140
  36. The One NailsThe One Nails
    Shop 1 / 117-119 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
  37. Phoenix NailsPhoenix Nails
    188B Barkly St, St Kilda 3182
  38. Coco Nails - CamberwellCoco Nails - Camberwell
    5 Cookson Street, Camberwell 3124
  39. Red Apple Nails & BeautyRed Apple Nails & Beauty
    128 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  40. Camberwell NailsCamberwell Nails
    517 Riversdale Road, Camberwell 3124
  41. Monstera Nails & SpaMonstera Nails & Spa
    5/63 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 3182
  42. Nail AffairNail Affair
    The Well at Camberwell Shop 102, 793 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124
  43. Pearl Nails And BeautyPearl Nails And Beauty
    261 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3065
  44. Criss-Cross Nails And BeautyCriss-Cross Nails And Beauty
    507 Highett Road, Highett 3190
  45. Magical NailsMagical Nails
    161 Greville Street, Prahran 3181
  46. Elwood Classy Nails & SpaElwood Classy Nails & Spa
    137 Ormond Road, Elwood 3184
  47. Passion Nails & WaxingPassion Nails & Waxing
    2A Mills Street, Hampton 3188
  48. Lexi NailsLexi Nails
    167 Elgin Street, Carlton 3053
  49. Q & H NailsQ & H Nails
    Shop 2 / 44 Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  50. Ocean Nails and BeautyOcean Nails and Beauty
    Shop 3/ 520 Victoria Street, North Melbourne 3051
  51. Flora Nail CareFlora Nail Care
    194 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  52. Shen Nail Palace - CamberwellShen Nail Palace - Camberwell
    690 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124
  53. Tips & Toes - South MelbourneTips & Toes - South Melbourne
    G05 261 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne 3205
  54. Millenium NailsMillenium Nails
    165A High Street, Prahran 3181
  55. Rosie Nails & BeautyRosie Nails & Beauty
    Shop 5 / 232 Carlisle Street, Balaclava 3183
  56. Kalena BeautyKalena Beauty
    354 Victoria Street, North Melbourne 3051
  57. Sunny Rose Nails & BeautySunny Rose Nails & Beauty
    175 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3065
  58. Mekong NailsMekong Nails
    430 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
  59. Eternity NailsEternity Nails
    480 Hampton St, Hampton 3188
  60. V inStyle Nail SpaV inStyle Nail Spa
    97 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 3056
  61. Peony Shine BeautyPeony Shine Beauty
    553 Highett Road, Highett 3190
  62. Regal Cosmetic Tattoo Nails & BeautyRegal Cosmetic Tattoo Nails & Beauty
    7/108 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North 3161
  63. U & I Hair, Nail, and BeautyU & I Hair, Nail, and Beauty
    1368 Toorak Road, Camberwell 3124
  64. Hannah's Healthy NailsHannah's Healthy Nails
    141 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  65. Salon Le NailsSalon Le Nails
    105 Canterbury Road, Blackburn 3130
  66. Happy Nail Salon - BrunswickHappy Nail Salon - Brunswick
    423 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056

Acrylic Nails

If you're new to the world of artificial nails, you may find it all a bit confusing. There are so many choices now, including acrylic nails, Shellac, gel nails, and SNS. What's the difference? Which one will last longer?

Acrylic nails are a good place to start. They are the most common artificial nail extension used, largely due to their durability. And, because they stick to natural nails, you can pass them off as your own!

Strange Beginnings

Artificial nails have been around for centuries in some form or other. Women have used shell, bone, even nut shells. But the first true artificial nail was actually invented by a dentist in 1954!

When Fred Slack broke a fingernail at work, he decided to make a realistic-looking temporary nail, using dental acrylic and aluminium foil. Nobody's quite sure why! But he did it and then, in partnership with his brother, patented the invention and started a company called Patti Nails.

The Slack family went on to develop the prototype of the acrylic nails we use today, and the company became known as NSI - Nail Systems International.

Fashion & Functionality

There are many different reasons for choosing acrylic nails. They can be a fashion statement or used to strengthen weak and brittle nails. For nail-biters, having acrylic nail extensions is a great way to break the habit.

Acrylic nails are also a great solution for those who want long nails but can't grow them. In fact, they're better than gel nail extensions for that.

Whatever the reason, the advice is the same: correct application is an art form and should really only be carried out by trained professionals. Besides, when you go to a professional nail technician, there are all those other great options, such as nail art, glitter, 3D nail art, and more.

It's All In The Preparation

For some people getting acrylic nails is an occasional indulgence, usually for a special occasion like a wedding, party or job interview. For others it's part of their regular beauty routine, and they wouldn't be seen dead without their sexy long nails.

Here's how it works. First the manicurist will prepare your nails by filing, cleaning, and pushing back the cuticles. The next step is to apply the artificial tip. If you are happy with the length of your natural nails, you may not need the tips.

Your manicurist will then start building up the nail using gel and powder. Getting the right consistency and amount is crucial to the final look of the nail. Once the mixture hardens, the nail will be filed and buffed to perfection.

Nail Maintenance

As with any artificial nail, acrylics will grow out. So if you wish to maintain the look, you will need refills every two to three weeks. This is a skilled job, as is acrylic removal, so it's best to visit a professional nail salon.

How long your acrylic nails last is down to how you care for them. Obviously things like housework and washing up without wearing gloves will shorten their life. And it pays to start with quality. Cheaper options may be tempting, but you tend to get what you pay for.

Acrylic nails will give you length and strength and provide an excellent base for nail colour or art. Acrylic hardens when exposed to air. If a UV light is used to harden it, you've been given gel nails, not acrylic.

Finding A Salon

Gel and acrylic nails are similar, although acrylic nail application is usually a little cheaper. Acrylics are also stronger and will last longer.

The best idea is to choose a professional nail salon from Bookwell. Tell your nail technician what you are trying to achieve and they will advise you on the best nail overly for your look.