What Are Solar Nails? The Latest Manicure Trend Explained

In the realm of beauty and nail care, we’re observing an increasing spotlight on solar nails, a trend that could transform our approach to manicures. As pioneering nail technicians in fashion and eco-conscious choices, we acknowledge the shift toward more durable, like solar nails, within our beauty routines. Solar nails, a premium variant of acrylic nails from Creative Nail Design, are gaining popularity for their resemblance to the iconic French manicure, boasting a chic pink and white finish.

These nail enhancements, done by skilled nail techs, are not just gracing the pages of beauty magazines or the screens of social media influencers; they’re making a statement at formal events like weddings and birthdays. Getting your nails done with solar nails offers versatility as one of their strong suits, with the ease of going from sophisticated gatherings to casual outings. Their robust nature, paired with their classic appearance, positions solar nails as a noteworthy choice for women looking to blend aesthetic appeal with long-lasting wear.

What Are Solar Nails?

  • Materials: Solar nails are crafted from a mix of polymer resins and a liquid monomer. This combination, done by a skilled nail tech, creates a hard, durable artificial nail product.
  • Color: Typically,pink or clear, these nails can be coated with nail polish for a personalized touch.
  • Durability: Known for their strength, they resist chipping and last longer than traditional manicures.
  • Designs: Versatile in design, ranging from minimalist looks to bold glitter or ombre styles.
  • Application: We apply these over our fingernails to enhance appearance and provide a natural, glossy, and shiny finish.
  • Advantages: They maintain a consistent color and don’t yellow like some acrylic powders, providing an enduring, refined look for our hands.

Benefits of Solar Nails

Better Than Extensions

We find that solar nails offer a distinct advantage over traditional extensions. Extensions can harm our natural nails over time, whereas solar nails embed directly into them, maintaining their shine.

  • Process: Clean the natural nails first, then apply the white nail followed by pink on the nail bed.
  • Advantages: Prevents damage and retains the natural nail’s aesthetic.

UV Rays Are Not an Issue

Our conscientious use of solar nails eliminates worries about UV rays that can damage acrylics, causing them to yellow and lose their luster.

  • Protection: Withstands exposure without discoloration.
  • Maintenance: No additional precautions needed when enjoying the sun.

Natural Nail Enhancement

We champion solar nails as a method for augmenting the beauty of our natural nails. The resilient resin applied matches our nail shape, producing a natural and refined look.


Solar nails are lauded for their exceptional durability. They resist breakage and, in turn, fortify our natural nails.

  • Material: Crafted with top-notch materials for maximum quality.
  • Durability: Confers additional strength to the natural nail beneath.

No Need To Worry About Replacement

Unlike typical acrylic nails requiring regular salon visits for replacements, solar nails simplify maintenance.

  • Refills: A simple refill every three weeks suffices.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Averts the frequent expense of full replacements.
Feature Solar Nails Acrylic Nails
Frequent Replacement Not necessary Every 2-3 weeks
Durability High-quality, long-lasting Prone to breakage
Maintenance Low High
Effect on Natural Nails Enhances strength May cause damage
UV Stability Unaffected by UV rays Can yellow and degrade

Are There Any Downsides?

While we acknowledge the appeal of solar nails, it’s essential to consider potential drawbacks:

  • Chemical Exposure: The application involves chemicals that may be harsh on the natural nail.
  • Visibility of Nail Growth: As nails grow, a visible line may form, highlighting the need for maintenance.
  • Adjustment Period: They are thicker and heavier; some users might need time to acclimate.
  • Risk of Damage: Improper application or removal can lead to chipping, lifting, or cracking.
  • UV Exposure: Curing involves a UV lamp, which raises concerns about UV rays.

It’s crucial to observe precautions to minimize nail damage and prevent possible issues like discoloration or fungal infections.

Solar vs. Gel Nails

When comparing solar nails and gel nails, we notice several distinct characteristics associated with each type. Solar nails, crafted from polymethyl methacrylate acrylics, require air to harden them. Gel nails, on the other hand, are composed of polymer resins and need ultraviolet light to set.

Key Differences:

  • Durability: Solar nails generally last up to three weeks, often longer with routine home maintenance. Gel nails, while appearing more natural, generally have a shorter lifespan before requiring attention.
  • Cost: If we consider upkeep, solar nails are more economical. The initial investment may be higher, but maintenance costs are lower in the long run.
  • Repair: Should there be any damage, we can mend solar nails at home easily. Gel nails, when damaged, often need professional intervention since they cannot be simply fixed if they shatter.
  • Removal Process: Solar nails are acetone-friendly and can be removed without much hassle. In contrast, gel nails necessitate filing off or soaking off, sometimes requiring a more complex removal technique.

By evaluating these attributes, we make more informed decisions to suit our nail care preferences.

Solar nails vs. Acrylic nails

  • Durability: We find acrylic nails to be more durable and require fewer touch-ups.
  • Appearance: Solar nails tend to look thinner and provide a more natural appearance.
  • Composition: Our acrylics are a blend of liquid monomer and powder polymer, which results in a thicker nail extension, whereas solar designs achieve a lighter, more delicate look.

How to Apply and Remove Solar Nails

Applying Solar Nails

To ensure we achieve professional-looking solar nails at home or in a salon, we must follow a structured application process:

  1. Preparation:
    • Use a nail brush to clean our natural nails.
    • Push back the cuticles with a cuticle pusher.
  2. Application:
    • Apply a base coat of primer to our nails.
    • Neatly glue the solar nails onto the tips of our natural nails.
    • Blend solar powder over the entire surface of the nail to create a seamless link between the solar and natural nails.
    • Buff the nails to smooth out any unevenness.
  3. Finishing Touches:
    • Apply a top coat for a glossy finish and additional protection.

Removing Solar Nails

The removal process for solar nails is straightforward, and if done correctly, does not cause harm to our natural nails:

  • When we notice the solar nails loosening or becoming more flexible, which typically occurs after a few weeks, we can gently lift them off at the base.
  • If necessary, we can speed up the removal by soaking our nails in acetone, which will dissolve the glue and allow the solar nails to slide off with minimal effort.

For both application and removal, we can use a solar nail kit, which includes all the essential tools, ensuring we have everything needed for a successful and safe experience.

How Long Do They Last?

Solar nails, when applied, typically last up to three weeks without requiring a fill. During this span, it’s not unusual for these enhancements to detach autonomously, which might go unnoticed due to their harmless removal process. Post detachment, natural nails may exhibit temporary brittleness, including some degree of flaking and cracking.

For promoting optimal nail health and countering post-solar nail weakness, we advocate the incorporation of a robust multivitamin regime. Good nutrition has a notable impact on nail growth and resilience. Studies back the benefit of vitamins in nurturing hair, skin, and nails.

Remember, maintaining healthy nails is a reflection of our overall well-being, and we are committed to guiding you through this journey.

How Much Do They Cost?

  • Solar Nails: Typically range from $30 to $60.
  • Acrylic/Gel Nails: Generally over $100.

We can expect a more affordable experience opting for solar nails, which present a cost-effective alternative to their acrylic and gel counterparts. The actual price may vary by salon.