The nail enhancement industry is still
a fairly young one and, unfortunately, many states do not require continuing education classes for professionals to maintain
Our industry is growing rapidly,
with new products and techniques being developed almost daily. The education that was available in the early 80s
when acrylic technology became accessible to the general public is no longer viable. But, without support from
state regulatory agencies in the way of stricter licensing requirements, and without your support as a consumer who demands
excellence from your service providers...it is often too easy for those working in the industry to ignore continuing education
opportunities and rely on outdated information that is no longer valid.
Here are a few of the antiquated nail
care myths that are still being circulated:
Washing your hands before a service will cause the natural
nail to absorb water, thus trapping moisture under the enhancement, causing "mold" or lifting.
In many states it is the LAW that clients and technicians
MUST wash their hands with soap and water prior to performing services. Even if it isn't the law in your state, it's
a darn good idea!
Nothing prevents the spread of bacteria, vires, and other
cooties as effectively as a simple hand washing with soap and water!
It takes soaking in water for quite a long time before the
nail will begin to absorb water. If the natural nail is water logged when product is applied, the product will not adhere
to the nail and the enhancement will usually lift and come off completely within the first 48 hours.
Simply washing your hands will not negatively effect the outcome
of your service in any way. In fact, quite the opposite is true! Washing your hands removes dirt and oils from
your nail beds as well as those nasty cooties that you don't want trapped under an enhancement.
You must use NON acetone polish remover with acrylics or they
will come off.
It is true that we use acetone to remove acrylics. However,
I also use 100% pure acetone for removing polish in the salon-- several times a day in fact, and my own acrylics
have never "fallen off" as a result.
Acetone is the most effective, and safest solvent you can
use to remove polish; and, because acetone evaporates quickly, it isn't in contact with the product long enough to begin
the breakdown process of the polymers.
In fact, we recommend that you ONLY use acetone polish remover
because our acrylics contain silica and many solvents in non-acetone formulas will cause the acrylic to yellow and become
Oil and lotions will make your enhancements lift.
Oil will NOT make nail products lift. The product is
bonded to the keratin (the protein that hair and nails are made of) of your natural nail and as long as that bond stays
in tact, nothing that you put on your nails can get between the product and your nail.
A small molecule botanical oil is actually RECOMMENDED for
use twice daily to PREVENT your enhancements from lifting due to excessive dryness. (see cuticle oil on the Hints and
Your enhancements lift because you have "oily nailbeds."
The fact of the matter is that your nailplates do not have
sebaceous glands. They cannot secrete oils. Any oils that are on your nailplates came from somewhere else and
can be removed.
Once the product has established a bond to the natural nail,
nothing can get in between the product and the nail until and unless that bond is compromised.
It's true that some people do have a more difficult time keeing
enhancement products on their nails. These people are very rare however, and most often the term "oily nailbeds" is
used as an excuse by nail technicians who are not adequately prepping the natural nail for product application.
Acrylics will ruin your nails
Certain services (such as wraps or gels) are less damaging to your nails.
Chemical services for your nails cause extremely little damage
to your natural nail, despite the type of product used. Similar to coloring or perming your hair. Of course, the
potential exists to do extraordinary damage to the nail. HOWEVER, in nearly every case the damage is done either
by improper application or removal methods.
I see a lot of damage to natural nails from salons where
the electric file (drill) has been used improperly by filing too agressively against the nail, causing deep grooves in the
natural nail or nicks and cuts along the cuticles and sidewalls.
I use a drill myself and it can be an effective implement
in the process of doing nails. The difference is that at the Laughing Lady Salon we believe the drill is a TOOL not
a WEAPON! and proper use of this implement will NOT result in damage to the natural nail or pain during the service!
Also, a primary cause of damage to the natural nail is from
improper removal of product. The product is designed to bond to the natural nail. When you decide to take your
enhancements off and do so by sitting in front of the television and prying the product off of your nails with your teeth,
you are not seperating the bond between the product and your nails, you are actually ripping layers of your nail apart!
No wonder they are so sore and look so bad after they come off, eh?
Next time, try having your enhancements removed professionally
at the salon. You'll be amazed at what great shape they're in!
"Organic" means something that is "all natural" or healthy for you.
Not necessarily. The word "organic" has several different definitions. The
most familiar definition to most of us is used in agriculture for produce that is grown without pesticides or for meat that
is raised without hormones, etc. Even then, something that was raised organically doesn't always mean it's healthy.
In the nail world, we use the word "organic" according to its chemical definition.
In organic chemistry, we mean "carbon-based." Since all current nail products are comprised of carbon compounds, all nail
products are also organic in nature.
While this is a cool bit of trivia, it is important to know that some salons
might try to use the "organic" designation of their products to mislead you into thinking that what they are using IS "healthier"
or "more natural."
It's not false advertisement to say a nail product is "organic" it's just
fancy terminology. I use "organic polymer resin" myself, but I would never pretend it's not acrylic!
Beware of anyone who tries to pull the wool over your eyes! and if they
genuinely aren't aware that their "organic" products are just ordinary acrylic, think about what else they may not know
about their work!
You must remove enhancement products periodically so that
your nails can "breathe."
This would be like stripping all the color out of your hair every six months
to let your hair "breathe." Your nails do not have lungs. They do not "breathe."
The natural nail is made of keratin, the same protein that hair is made
of. Keratin is non-living, it isn't dead OR alive. It doesn't need to "breathe."
We do recommend replacing acrylic and resin-based enhancements every four
to six months to keep the products fresh, but there is no need to leave the nails "naked" for any length of time between new
Using an electric file makes nails lift.
NOT using an electric file makes nails lift.
Making sure that enhancement products perform correctly (not
lifting) is a matter of technique that includes proper sanitation, preparation of the nailplate, liquid to powder ratio,
and even temperature control. A good filing technique is imporant to the overall structure and appearance of the
enhancement, but the type of file used-- manual or electric-- has little effect on the end result.
Some of the best nail technicians in the world do not use
electric files AT ALL, while some of the best nail technicians in the world use their e-files almost exclusively.
It's not the tool, it's the skill of the technician that counts!
Eating gelatin will help your natural nails grow.
Your nails are not made of Jell-o! Gelatin supplements
will do nothing for any part of you.
Calcium will also not improve your nails, although it is good
for your bones.
For the most part, your nails are the way they are because
of your genetics and you're pretty much stuck with them. You can improve them by taking good care of them, keeping
them moisturized with a good cuticle oil and not using them as screwdrivers. Drink lots of water, which is good for
all of you and will increase cell production which can make your hair and nails grow a little faster.
There have been some studies which show that the over the
counter dietary supplement Biotin improves the strength and resilience of hair and nails.