The “Russian Manicure” has been one of the best kept nail secrets in the beauty community, but it’s recently become popular because of social media sharing.


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But here’s the catch — it’s caused a stir in the beauty community. Some love it, some hate it. Wondering why? Keep reading for the lowdown.

What’s A “Russian Manicure”?


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The Russian manicure, often also called a ‘dry manicure’, is a nail care technique that places a strong emphasis on cuticle maintenance.

Taking approximately two hours to complete, it demands a significant time commitment, but many consider it a worthwhile investment due to its impressive results.

Using an electric filer, the technician reveals and removes the eponychium, a thickened skin layer at the base of nails. This process slows down cuticle growth, pushes back and removes cuticles, making gel application near the cuticle easier.

Why Is The “Russian Manicure” So Controversial?

Any manicure involving cuticle work sparks debate, and the “Russian Manicure” is no exception.

It’s believed to make it easier for bacteria to cause infections, but this risk is only significant with unsterilised tools.


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Dr. Samuel (@sksingapore), a General Practitioner, shared real-life incident highlighting the potential for nail infections resulting from cuticle manipulation. While most cases are treatable with antibiotics, severe instances may necessitate surgery.

Is The “Russian Manicure” Risky?

Like any trend, do your research before trying it. The “Russian Manicure” becomes risky when done by unskilled individuals or with tools that aren’t properly sterilised.

How Long Does The “Russian Manicure” Last?


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What’s appealing about this trend is that the stunning nails can last up to three to four weeks, depending on how fast your nails grow. So, it’s perfect for those who don’t want to change their nails often!

Where To Get The “Russian Manicure”?

KL Manicure Cafe

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KL Manicure Cafe, led by a certified nail technician specialising in Russian Manicures, offers services starting at RM110 in a home-studio located in Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.

Book your appointment here!

Address: Sunway Montana, 30087 Jalan 6/4, Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 1pm (Sun) | Closed on Sat.

DD Nail & Art



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DD Nail & Art is a certified home-based nail technician specialising in Russian Manicures, offering services starting at RM100 in Subang Jaya.

Whatsapp to +60 17-418 9406 to book your appointment!

Address: Sunway Montana, 30087 Jalan 6/4, Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

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