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.

Do hybrids damage nails?

Do hybrids damage nails?
I had hybrids made 2 times before my wedding (for hen and wedding). This is a nice option for trips or people who do not like painting nails with traditional varnishes (e.g. me). Hybrids stay on nails for about 2 weeks, and in the case of fast-growing nails regrowth may appear after a week. For me it was so, so to survive to 2 weeks I painted them with ordinary varnish (of a similar shade).
Everything was ok until I took off the hybrids. My nails were in a deplorable condition, and I never had problems with them. They broke, split and were very soft.
I thought that the issue of damaged nails was the fault of the salon in which I made hybrids, so after a few years I decided to buy hybrids again, but this time in the OPI salon. I really liked the shade from the Hello Kitty by Opi series - Let's be Friends! This color is a beautiful powder pink. I have had Hello Kitty on my nails several times (I still like it a lot).
I had 5 nails on my nails times, but I decided to take a break. I felt my nails getting softer and thinner with each application. Unfortunately, in my case, hybrids damage nails very much, and getting them to their previous state costs me too much. At the moment my nails are very broken, so I have to shorten them successively.
Now, every day, I rub linseed oil into my nails, they are filed for a short time, and for the last week I haven't painted them with anything except conditioner.
Will I return to hybrids? Maybe I will make hybrids again for Piotr's cousin's wedding in August, but I will not go back to applying them regularly. The condition of my nails is more important to me than comfort.