Acrylic Nails

acrylic nails

22. What are the pros and cons for having acrylic nails?

Acrylic nails are among the sturdiest nail extensions available. They give you instantly long fingernails, to the length you desire, they hold onto polish much better than natural fingernails and they look real. Getting acrylic fingernails is a commitment. It becomes almost a lifestyle because they last for a long time with regular touch-ups, so it is not something you want to do for a weekend. They need to be soaked off and the fingernail left behind could be damaged from the process; as such, your acrylic fingernails are only as good at your technician but with correct application and maintenance there are practically no negatives to wearing acrylics.

23. Can I get fungus from wearing acrylics?

Acrylic nails are harmless if applied hygienically by professionals. However, unhygienic use of them - when lifting occurs and the nail is neglected - can lead to acrylic nail fungus. Fungus develops in the presence of moisture, warmth and darkness. Hence the gap formed between a lifting acrylic nail and the original nail is the perfect environment for fungus to grow. Hence, poorly fitted nails or neglected maintenance are the main causes of acrylic nail fungus. The same fungi attacks even those who don’t wear acrylic nails, infecting their natural toenails and fingernails if proper sanitation or disinfection routine is not followed.

24. How can I keep the free edge of my sculptured nails from chipping?

Avoid using the nail as a tool and if your work or lifestyle requires you to use your fingertips a lot then consider having shorter lengths and thicker coatings of acrylic.

25. What is the difference between acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover?

Acetone polish removers are for use on natural nails Isopropyl alcohol is typically used in the making of acetone. Because of acetone's strength as a solvent, it shouldn't be used on your fake nails. The solvent in the polish remover will weaken your extensions and cause them to separate from your natural nail. Non-acetone polish removers contain ethyl acetate or methyl ethyl keytone as their active ingredient and were developed for use with nail extensions.

26. How long should a professional manicure last?

Generally, a professional manicure will last from one to two weeks, depending on the type of service you've had, how fast your nails grow and your daily activities. The faster they grow and the more abuse they withstand, the more often you'll need professional maintenance.

27. How do I maintain great looking hands?

For natural nails, the basic routine should include cuticle oil or cream and a professional nail strengthening treatment. For a natural look, you can use top coat alone or use a nail buffer to maintain natural shine. To keep hands soft and smooth, use an exfoliating scrub and a hand lotion with sun protection. For nail extensions, use products containing botanical oils to moisturize hands and nails as products containing mineral oils can cause nail extensions to lift.

28. What is a paraffin wrap?

A treatment that consists of melted mineral wax that is derived from petroleum. The skin is sanitized, and then moisturizing lotion is applied and lightly massaged into the area. The hand or foot is immersed gradually, 3 or 4 times into the warm paraffin wax creating a thick paraffin layer. A mitt or bootie into which a plastic liner is inserted is then slipped over creating a seal to retain the heat. The treatment lasts about 10 - 15 minutes and then the paraffin is removed leaving soft and moist skin.

29. Should I let my nails breathe or take my acrylics/polish off every so often?

Fingernails are made of dead cells; however the body does produce natural oils for the nails. After wearing acrylics for a few months, the layers of the natural nail will have been repeatedly dehydrated by the use of antiseptics in the process of applying extensions. Having a natural manicure with a nail strengthener and cuticle oils will provide all of the necessary treatments for your natural nail to regain its durability.

30. How often should I get a new set of acrylics?

A new set is usually needed every 3 to 6 months; however this depends on each individual's daily

31. What is a "Pink and White," a Fill and a "Back Fill" nail service?

Pink and white full sets refer to the pink being at the base of the nail, and the white being the tip for the natural-looking "French" manicure look. A fill is when the tech fills in the area that has grown out at the base of the cuticle area leaving a space between the acrylic and the natural nail that is visible. This space is topped up during a fill. A backfill or rebalancing is typically done every other fill. This is done on P&W nails. As your natural nails grow out, so does the nail enhancement. With enough growth, the white tip moves outward and begins to look out of place. The tech corrects that by filing off most of the white along with some of the pink, and then reapplies the white closer to the top edge of the nail bed – ‘moving the white back’ - to its original position on the nail. This makes the nail look more in balance once again.

32. Painful nail beds and red and swollen cuticles after nail extensions application.

This is usually the result of by excessive filing. The file used on your nails also may have been too coarse. Red puffy cuticles may also be caused by a reaction to products used on your nails. Consult your nail technician to prevent problems like this.

33. What are diamond nails?

Diamond nails are another form of acrylic. They are strong and durable like acrylic but with less odors. Application is by brushing resin glue onto the nails and then dipping each nail into diamond powder. A catalyst spray is then used to dry the glue. They can be applied over the natural nail or any plastic tip, but are not recommended for sculpting. Diamond nails can be worn with or without polish. They can be removed using 100% acetone and they are practically odorless.