Combined manicure: features, technique and 7 ideas

Combined manicure: features, technique and 7 ideas

What is needed for a combined manicure, which one to do and what current designs to choose in 2024 – answers to all questions in this material.

  • What is this
  • Technicians
  • pros
  • Minuses
  • What do you need
  • Instructions
  • Ideas

The material was commented on:

Natalya Volkova, PhD, dermatovenerologist, cosmetologist at the TORI aesthetic medicine and cosmetology clinic;

Anastasia Yavuz, trainer-technologist of the Londontown brand.

What is a combined manicure

If at least two techniques are used, the manicure is considered combined.

If at least two techniques are used, the manicure is considered combined.

A combined manicure is one of the nail care options that combines two or more techniques, for example, hardware and trim manicure, possibly adding a spa massage. Specific types of procedures are selected based on individual characteristics, the specialist takes into account the sensitivity of the skin and cuticle density.

A combined manicure allows you to achieve a long-term effect. Hardware techniques do not remove the cuticle, and after a few days hangnails may appear. By combining various procedures, you can achieve “ideal” nails with or without coating, and the cuticle does not have to be cut – often a cutter and files are used for this, which is safer.

It is better to entrust a combined manicure to a professional master who uses a high-quality device with a power of at least 35 W and understands the peculiarities of nails. The procedure takes longer than a standard European manicure and is more expensive, but the results last a long time.

What techniques can be combined in a combined manicure?

The cuticle can be removed in a gentle way —  using a special remover and wooden sticks

Cuticles can be removed in a gentle way – using a special remover and wooden sticks

Several different techniques are suitable for a combined manicure. To choose the optimal combination, you should discuss your wishes and features of your nails with your nail technician.

Classic edged manicure

A traditional method of nail care in which the skin is first softened in water and then processed by hand using clippers. This is a rather traumatic method, which may leave small cuts. In addition, the trimmed cuticle grows quickly, so specialists do not often use classic edged manicure.

Unedged manicure

The cuticle can be removed in a gentle way using a special remover and wooden manicure sticks. In this case, the burrs are not removed, but trauma is also minimized. It is also important to make sure in advance that the cuticle remover does not cause an individual allergic reaction.

Hardware manicure

Treating nails with cutters is a quick and convenient way. However, you need to know how to handle the device and select attachments. With their help you can not only treat the skin around the nails, but also polish the nail plate to shine. It is better not to experiment without experience, especially on sensitive and brittle nails.

Brazilian manicure

A skincare technique in which hands are first dipped in an oil bath, then cream is applied and gloves are put on. In about half an hour The nails are processed by pushing back the softened cuticle. This is followed by standard manual processing to give forms and polishing using a buff.

Japanese manicure

Therapeutic manicure for those who value naturalness. Its main task is to restore the nail plate. To do this, apply a special serum to cleaned nails, and then rub in a paste to fill microcracks. The cuticle, as in previous techniques, is manually pushed back with an orange stick, and mineral powder is used for polishing.

Before going for a manicure, you should consider medical factors and individual contraindications.

Combined manicure: features, technique and 7 ideas

Natalya Volkova, PhD, dermatovenerologist, cosmetologist at the TORI aesthetic medicine and cosmetology clinic

Benefits of a combined manicure

It is better to finish an edged manicure with careful polishing, and this is a combined manicure that includes two techniques
It is better to finish an edged manicure with careful polishing, and this is a combined manicure that includes two techniques

A combined manicure is considered optimal because it allows you to select exactly the techniques that the client needs. Main advantages:

  • the skin remains smooth and well-groomed for a long time;
  • The nail plate is ready for any coating, from washable to gel polish;
  • minimized risks of cuts on dry and sensitive skin;
  • restorative hand skin care.

According to Anastasia Yavuz, the classic method of processing the cuticle — edged manicure, it does not take much time, on average 20-30 minutes: “It is better to finish an edged manicure with careful polishing. And this is a combined manicure, which includes two techniques. Edged manicure + file manicure or edged manicure + hardware. In general, the entire procedure without additional care or coverage usually takes no more than 30-40 minutes.”

Disadvantages of combined manicure

The potential disadvantages of a combination manicure depend on the techniques that are combined in it. Typically, experts note the following shortcomings:

  • injuries during the trimming procedure;
  • complexity of the techniques – not every master has all the necessary skills;
  • to do a combined manicure yourself at home, you will have to purchase the necessary accessories and a manicure apparatus;
  • the cost is slightly higher compared to a classic manicure of the same type.
Combined manicure: features, technique and 7 ideas

Anastasia Yavuz, trainer-technologist of the Londontown brand

Natalya Volkova says that a combined manicure can be harmful for two reasons – mechanical and chemical: “Mechanical injury is possible during a trimmed manicure, especially if it is not done quite correctly, with excessive removal of the cuticle. During hardware manicure, when the base of the nail plate is processed, vibration can damage the nail matrix, resulting in the formation of transverse stripes on the nail plates, which serve as a sign of degenerative processes in the nails. In patients with a history of diseases such as atopic dermatitis or eczema (which manifest themselves as damage to the skin of the hands), any chemical agents that are used during manicure – nail polish remover, cuticle treatment, varnishes, gels – may cause exacerbations.”

What you need for a combined manicure

Necessary tools and materials for a combined manicure:

  • milling manicure machine with attachments;
  • table hood;
  • scissors;
  • nippers;
  • saw;
  • buffs for polishing nails;
  • devices for sterilizing instruments;
  • orange stick or scraper;
  • antibacterial spray;
  • remover or keratolytic (softener) for the cuticle;
  • suitable oil, lotion, care cream;
  • paste and mineral powder for Japanese manicure.

Combined manicure: step-by-step instructions

All instruments must be disinfected

All instruments must be disinfected

A combined manicure is done in several stages:

  1. First, you need to wash your hands and treat them with antibacterial spray.
  2. All tools must be disinfected and the work surface must be clean.
  3. You need to remove the old coating from your nails: regular polish using liquid, and gel polish using cutters or a special solution and foil.
  4. Cuticle processing can be done with nippers, a manicure machine with a cone-shaped nozzle, or an orange stick on previously softened skin. Afterwards you need to treat the cut area and polish the nail plate.
  5. Shaping. The more sensitive the nails, the softer it should be…