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Pros and cons of a hybrid manicure

I returned to hybrid manicure after more than a year. When I heard from Radzka about the combined method used by the professional from Indigo, I decided to take a chance. Earlier I did a hybrid manicure on one of the islands, where you can do a manicure without records. The ladies whose services I used worked on OPI varnishes.

Hybrid manicure destroys nails

I decided to make hybrid manicure when after one of them I saw that my nails were in a deplorable condition. They recovered for a long time - they were soft, split and broke. And I must mention that I've never had problems with my nails. After some time I missed hybrids, because I must admit that I am not a fan of traditional varnishes. The problem with me is that you have to be very careful with ordinary mani, and unfortunately I belong to such people who bother about everything (however it sounds). Traditional manicure with base and top kept on average for me 3 days before one of the nails stated that it was too long and beautiful splinter appeared.

silver hybrid manicure

As it turned out, the nail condition at the hybrid was affected by their removal. The most recommended method is to remove hybrids with a special liquid based on acetone. I don't have to mention that it's not super nutritious for our nails. Currently, I have removable hybrids using a milling machine, thanks to which my nails are just as hard and strong as when I did not make hybrids.

Hybrid manicure using the combined method

I wrote about this method some time ago, but there are still many questions. Combined hybrid manicure (also ordinary) involves painting nails under the cuticles with a small brush. Thanks to this, the gap between the nail and cuticles is not visible, and regrowth occurs a little later. I make hybrid manicure 2x a month. In my case it looks like the regrowth appears after about 7-8 days (i.e. normal). With the normal method, I had regrowth after 3-4 days. You see the difference, right? Interestingly, the regrowth on my right thumb appears the fastest. And how are you?

Decorations and colors of hybrid varnishes that I recommend

I mainly like boredom, but recently I have started to go crazy with nail patterns and decorations. I had nails painted with nude varnish, and on my ring finger marble, mint nails with a finger ring, and now I have nails painted with Koko Loko Indigo (beautiful, powder pink) and pixel decoration with Indigo. The effect can be seen below. If you are fans of minimalistic decorations, you will definitely like them. Anyway, see for yourself (I encourage you to follow our profile on Instagram, because I always show my new claws there).

Pros and cons of a hybrid manicure


  • durability (you can do literally anything without worrying about the paint chipping off)
  • great option for holidays (you don't have to worry about the appearance of your nails, you also don't have to worry about painting them during the trip)
  • lots of cool decorating options and variations
  • over 2 weeks without nail painting (do I have to add anything ?!)
  • after some time, regrowth appears, which does not look encouraging
  • cost (hybrid manicure is more expensive than traditional manicure)
  • time (hybrid manicure gets longer than traditional)
  • there is nothing to cheat, but with hybrid manicure nails are damaged

I wonder if you like hybrid manicure or are you fans of traditional mani? Let me know in the comments.


  1. Avatar Anonymous 23 February 2019 / 09: 29

    Hybrid manicure has definitely more pros than cons.
    But it's nice that such an article was created.
    It will be useful for those who are just starting their adventure with hybrid manicure and want to
    see what thoughts others have :)

  2. Avatar fiona45 31 January 2019 / 18: 09

    I am always happy with such claws, they work in many ways. It is sometimes worth doing such a durable and aesthetic manicure.

  3. Avatar Kamis 27 October 2018 / 10: 33

    you can really reduce nail damage. good products (such as neonail) and a milling machine with skillful handling 🙂

    • dpblogpl dpblogpl 27 October 2018 / 16: 42

      Definitely. I've always had a problem with hybrid nails, since I have removable hybrids with a milling machine - nothing bad happens to them 🙂

    • Avatar Wave 28 October 2018 / 07: 37

      True Praw I don't want acetone claws ...

      • dpblogpl dpblogpl 28 October 2018 / 13: 44

        Definitely! Looking for someone who makes nails in Warsaw, I have heard many times that a milling machine destroys nails. Yes, if someone cannot use it 😉

  4. Avatar Julia 14 September 2017 / 18: 04

    Personally, I can't imagine painting my nails with ordinary varnish. Definitely a hybrid manicure saves time and most importantly, the effect is long-lasting.

  5. Avatar Anonymous 28 August 2017 / 11: 49

    I have been making hybrids for 2 years and I still have the same strong nails 😛 although it may be due to semilaca conditioner 😛

    • Avatar Anonymous 29 August 2017 / 18: 15

      semilac remover and 🙂 clips

    • Avatar Anonymous 31 August 2017 / 13: 09

      I am a bit scared, I used to take acetone off but this semilac remover is milder

    • Avatar [Email protected] 31 August 2017 / 20: 40

      I am not afraid because my nails are in the hands of a professional 🙂

  6. Avatar Anonymous 15 August 2017 / 20: 39

    In total, I had a hybrid twice and ... my nails have suffered it badly, although they are normally quite brittle and not very strong. After hybrids they had to recover for a long time. I thought it might be a matter of technique, beautician, so I tried it a second time and still the same. I will not return to the hybrid. Now I'm going to try titanium manicure - apparently it is a better alternative to hybrids.

    • Avatar [Email protected] 28 August 2017 / 15: 55

      Now I'm making a hybrid again, but with a small brush method. I have a removable milling machine. I've never heard of a titanium manicure. I'll check what a wonder it is 🙂

  7. Avatar A quarter to you 13 August 2017 / 17: 43

    I like hybrids although they actually destroy nails after a long time. Regards 🙂

    • Avatar [Email protected] 14 August 2017 / 05: 09

      Unfortunately, the hybrid is not indifferent to nails, but for such convenience it is worth to strain yourself 😉

  8. Avatar Sabina Trzęsiok-Pinna 13 August 2017 / 17: 08

    I haven't done such a manicure yet, but I will have to try, because my nails are also in a bad state. They break, and in addition, although ashamed to admit, for some time I started to bite them, which I have not done since elementary school. Until now I have been a supporter of traditional manicure, but who knows, maybe I will opt for a hybrid one.

    • Avatar [Email protected] 14 August 2017 / 05: 08

      I used to bite my nails once. A terrible habit. Now only skins, which I fight hard!

    • Avatar [Email protected] 14 August 2017 / 05: 07

      How long have you been taking a break? And do you come back to hybrids later?

  9. Avatar Ela Lis 12 August 2017 / 18: 52

    I started my adventure with hybrids a year ago and I must admit that I am very happy. The fact, maybe the nails are a little bit damaged, but I can't see it somehow and I have to spend some time on it, but then I have peace for a month and wonderful hand-painted nails for which I don't have to worry about something breaking etc. For me, a revelation and what satisfaction 🙂

    • Avatar [Email protected] 13 August 2017 / 07: 01

      Do you make claws yourself? 🙂 For me, nothing happens over 2 weeks is a huge plus. I don't have to worry about the appearance of my hands, because even with slight roots they look better than if the varnish was chipped off.

  10. Avatar RINROE 10 August 2017 / 13: 59

    I do not like a hybrid because it is not very durable for me and the varnish falls off after two days! I only make gel nails, and from time to time I take a few weeks break to let my nails rest?

    • Avatar [Email protected] 10 August 2017 / 15: 43

      How is the hybrid kept so short for you? Do you do it alone or with a beautician?

  11. Avatar Beauty Land 9 August 2017 / 17: 23

    I have to try removing the nail polish with a nail file (I don't have a milling machine), because acetone actually destroys nails.

    • Avatar [Email protected] 9 August 2017 / 18: 55

      I don't know if file pulling will have the same effect, specialists should comment here

    • Avatar Sinister 22 July 2018 / 17: 54

      The file will manage, but it will take time. Anyway it was a good file, preferably from one of the hybrid brands (eg Neonail).

      • Avatar Fiona 23 July 2018 / 10: 57

        And so I would recommend a milling machine, even the simplest ... Neonail has something on offer. Do not rip off OO

        • Avatar Sinister 21 October 2018 / 14: 13

          Milling machine, definitely ...

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