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8 Things To Know Before You Get Nail Tips

There are so many different ways to get a gorgeous nail look you love, and Nailboo is here to share some of our favorite options for styles that really stand out. Not only can a regular manicure be great for proper nail care and the support of healthy nail growth, but it also serves as a blank canvas for self-expression and creativity. Understanding all of your nail style and design options is one of the best ways to achieve the nail look of your dreams.

That’s why Nailboo offers more than just our easy-to-use nail dip kits for decorations and ideas. We also have a nail tip set that will take your at-home manicure to the next level. And, of course, we’re sharing our favorite resources and guides for proper nail care and management every day. Here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind about getting started with nail tips. 

What Are Nail Tips?

While the name is pretty self-explanatory, it’s important to know that you have a lot of different options when it comes to nail tips. Nail tips will add length to your nails, which means you have a lot more options when it comes to designs, decals, and unique patterns. Tips actually contribute to the thickness of the nail, as well. Nail tips can be a much lower impact option than other nail styles and designs, and may just be a perfect fit for your needs. 

With so many different nail options to pick from, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider when deciding if nail tips are the right option for your next manicure. 

1. They’re Lower Impact Than Acrylics

If you’ve ever had a full set of acrylic nails or nail enhancements, then nail extensions may feel like a welcome change. Overall, nail tips have a lower impact on the nail and less risk of lasting damage or irritation. Of course, it’s always important to listen to your nail needs and see which works best for you, but tips can be a great middle-ground for your next extension. 

2. Not All Styles Are Created Equal

You have lots of different manicure options to pick from, and that extends to your nail tip options, as well. If you like the feeling of acrylics, there are acrylic nail tip options available. Gel and dip nails tend to have a much lower impact and take less time to get used to. When deciding on the best method for your next nail tip addition, explore your options and see which one fits both your style and your comfort needs. 

3. Price Can Seriously Vary 

Here at Nailboo, we believe that manicures and nail art should be available to everyone. After all, proper nail care is important for your overall health and wellness. Artistic expression shouldn’t have to break the bank, either. That’s why we offer an affordable nail tip option that you can apply in the comfort of your own home, and why we’re sharing all we know about nail tips and other fun nail design choices. 

That said, if you’re looking to get glamorous tips, the prices are going to vary significantly. When getting nail tips applied at the salon, you can expect prices to start out around $85 and go up toward around $400, depending on the types of tips you use and how involved the design and style are. 

4. Take Maintenance Into Consideration

When picking your price point, you’ll also want to account for maintenance costs. Tips can last between one to three weeks, depending on what kind you pick and how intricate the design and application are.

 Like many other nail options, however, you will have to manage the effects of growth. That means accounting for the cost and time spent for fill-ins and proper care, which will help to keep your nails healthy and your tips looking perfect. 

5. They Take Some Time to Get Used To

Any type of nail or nail extension is going to feel a little different on your fingers, and tips are no exception. While they contribute to the length of your nail, they also have an effect on the thickness of your nail. This can make it feel heavier and slightly unbalanced to start. When you first get your tips applied, it’s important to take a little extra time when attempting tasks like typing or opening packages.

6. Consider the Coverage 

You have a couple of different shape and coverage options when it comes to your nail tips. The main three are well-less nail tips, half-well nail tips, and full-well nail tips. 

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use and versatile option that doesn’t require much time or energy for a good fit, then well-less tips are the way to go. Half-well tips are a good middle point for tips that provide more coverage but require a little more maintenance and care when it comes to keeping them looking clean and chic. 

And if you’re looking for the most amount of coverage, full-well nails are the way to go. Full-well nails are helpful for anyone who had imperfections on the nails they want to cover up or if you’re worried about the nail coming off. Thanks to their bigger size, full-well tips are the best option for adhering to the nails properly. This extra coverage does mean they look best in solid colors that can disguise any lines or blending between the tip and natural nail.   

7. Proper Removal Matters 

Proper removal is one of the most important steps you can take when it comes to protecting your nails from damage or complications. When we chip or scrape away at our nail polish, it can cause the nail below to become brittle or irritated and lead to infections. If you’re deciding on nail tips for your next manicure, you’ll want to consider the removal process. Certified technicians are likely the best option for having your tips removed properly, but you can take them off at home with care. 

The removal process is similar to that of removing acrylic nails. You’ll want to soak the nail in acetone and allow the adhesive to loosen before using your pusher to carefully move the tip off the nail. 

8. It’s Important to Take Breaks

We all love getting our nails done, but it’s just as important to take a break between our manicures as it is to get the manicures in the first place. Even if acrylics and nail tips are applied properly, they can have an impact on the health and strength of the nail below. This is why you’ll want to give your nails the opportunity to breathe before applying more polish or another set of tips.  

No matter what kind of tips you’ve picked, give your nails a week without any coverage if you can. This will allow the nail to grow strong and will give you the opportunity to address any other nail issues you might have.



Nail tips are a really fun option for achieving unique and trendy new nail looks without having such an extreme impact on the nails below. You have different style and shape options to pick from based on your lifestyle and personal preferences.  

When it comes to picking out tips and deciding on the best choices for your needs, there are a few important things that you’ll want to keep in mind. The prices of tips can vary a lot, depending on how you get them done and whether you visit a salon or apply them at home. 

You’ll also want to take the time to remove them properly in order to avoid damaging the nail below. Plus, you want to make sure that your nails have the chance to breathe.

When it comes to your next at-home manicure, don’t forget Nailboo has everything you need. Whatever nail tips you want to try or play around with, we can help. In addition to our easy-to-use Pro-Touch Nail Tips, we’re sharing guides and resources for achieving salon-quality looks right at home. 



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