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Coffin nails are also known as ballerina manicure, and they are long with a flat top. This is an extreme nail shape that is not made for everyone. You have to bring the right attitude along with this manicure style. Many women who want long bold nails, choose this type instead of a stiletto because coffin nails don’t break that easily, being less fragile. Let’s find out more about this manicure.

What Are Coffin Nails?

Coffin nails are also called ballerina nails, and they have earned these names due to their shape. They look like small coffins or pointe shoes. It is a great look for longer nails. The longer they are, the better, because you can play with different styles. Don’t fret if your nails are short. You can still have a coffin manicure, but you will need acrylic to build their length.

How to Create Coffin Nails on Your Own?

a woman's hands with coffin nails

Make sure you have a pair of scissors around. There are plenty of methods to cut coffin nails. You can trim only the top part of the nails, and just file the edges and sides. Another way is to cut off both sides and the top part. This way, you will obtain ballerina manicure simpler and quicker.

If you want to obtain natural coffin nails, you will have to leave your nails to grow longer than usual. Otherwise, you will need to go to a salon and use an acrylic solution. You can start by forming a normal square shape. Do this with a clipper or a pair of scissors. File your top part, then do the same for both sides of a nail. Don’t file the edges too much, though. Patience is crucial, especially because you need to obtain even shapes on both ends. Once you achieved a symmetrical shape and the desired length, finish the corners.

Coffin Nails Maintenance

To make sure your ballerina nails don’t break easily, you should follow some simple guidelines. For example, you should apply cuticle oil on your nails, every night before going to sleep. It will help them grow thicker and healthier. Another method to avoid breakage is by applying gel manicures. No matter what you do don’t peel them off yourself. Instead, wait until you arrive at the salon and let an expert do your manicure removal. I know that what I am about to say is quite obvious, but I will say it nevertheless. Your manicure will last longer, and your nails will not chip if you always use protective gloves when you wash dishes and do other house chores.

Final Words

Coffin nails are very trendy nowadays. Plenty of celebrities love this style.  You can try them out and see how well they suit your overall style. I would recommend you to go to a salon and let professionals create that perfect ballerina shoe shape, especially if you are doing this for the first time. You can maintain the shape at home, using a solid nail file.

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