You want to get get your nails done and have no idea what to get or what to ask for. As a Licensed Nail tech for 7 years, here are some options and what to look out for. Nail health is important and while we may want to run in and out to get our nails done as cheaply and quickly as possible, our nail health is very important and can cause other health related issues. Let’s keep our nails pretty and healthy, shall we?
Acrylic nails are the use of a powder and liquid called monomer. The two when combined cause a chemical reaction that hardens within seconds. Acrylics can be put over tips or sculpted over a form to your natural nail. Sculpted nails provide a stronger nail, less likely to break at the tip, but in the event of lifting at the cuticle it is important to soak the acrylic off with acetone as to not damage your natural nail. With tips, lifting can occur because of the natural curve of our nails and the glue wears away, again it is important to always remove the nail if lifting occurs to prevent water getting between the acrylic and your nail and leading to the potential of the growth of fungus.
Gel nails are just as strong as acrylic but are applied quite differently. (In my opinion they’re a pain to do but they are pretty) A gel, applied in multiple thin layers must be cured under a UV or LED lamp for a minimum of 2 minutes. They too can be sculpted over a form or applied over a tip. While it is less likely to get lifting at the cuticle, gel over tips can lift for the same reasons as Acrylic over tips. Gels also should be removed by soaking in acetone.
Gel or Shellac Manicures-
These are commonly used in place of polish because they last longer (typically two weeks ) without chipping when applied correctly. They are cured under a UV or LED lamp the same as gel, however they are only used to replace regular polish, not as nail enhancements. These also can be soaked off with acetone.
METHYL METHACRYLATE LIQUID MONOMERS
A major concern in the nail industry that many are not aware of is the use of a Monomer called Methyl methacrylate. (MMA) Here is information about this toxic monomer used widely and illegally in 30 states.
Read more about Methyl Methacylate Liquid Monomers here. https://probeauty.org/docs/nmc/NMC_MMA_final.pdf
NAILS SHOULD NEVER BE FILED OFF with a drill, (Electric file) or ripped off, these are just a couple of the major causes of nail damage, thinning and weakening of the natural nail.
As a nail tech, I would not put another set of nails on this person until they are fully grown out and healthy again, which can take months.