Nail polymer typically refers to the substance used in the formulation of nail enhancements, such as acrylic nails.

Acrylic nails are artificial enhancements applied to natural nails to achieve a longer, more durable, and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

The process involves the use of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer to create a durable and hardened coating on the nails.

Basic overview of how it works

Liquid Monomer: This is a chemical liquid, usually containing ethyl methacrylate, which reacts with the powder polymer to form a strong bond and create the desired shape.

Powder Polymer: This is a polymer powder, often made from polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or other acrylic polymers. When combined with the liquid monomer, it forms a dough-like substance that can be shaped and molded onto the nails.

Application: Nail technicians typically use a brush to apply the liquid monomer and powder polymer mixture onto the natural nails or nail tips. They shape and sculpt the material before it hardens.

Hardening: The chemical reaction between the liquid monomer and powder polymer causes the mixture to harden, creating a strong and durable artificial nail.

Finishing: Once the acrylic nails have hardened, they are filed, shaped, and buffed to achieve the desired look. Nail polish or other nail art can be applied on top of the acrylic nails.


Although polymers come in many colors, there are shades that nail technicians use for nail art. Check out the common colors:

  • Peach is a natural tone for light designs.
  • White is for French manicures.
  • Light white is for a natural-looking French manicure.
  • Pink imitates natural nails, and it’s great for sharp lines.
  • Crystal pink is good for sculpting nails while creating a base for French manicures.

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