Q: WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
A: Riverdale Utah
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "SCULPTED NAILS" AND "TIPS WITH OVERLAY"?
A: The difference between "sculpted" nails and "tips with overlay" is this;
Q: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SHAPES OF NAIL ENHANCEMENTS?
A: Shapes of nails vary dramatically, depending on current trends, lifestyle and age.
The most common shape worn today is referred to as a "square" look. This shape has no rounding of the corners and appears to be a "square" looking nail. This shape is the strongest of all shapes, in that you have more product spanning the width of your nail tip, and less chance of breakage.
"Sqouval" (spelling differs depending on how your nail technician spells it) is the same shape as the square nail, with slight rounding of the corners, thereby creating a square/oval shape. This shape is also popular, and withstands everyday life without a lot of breakage.
"Rounded" nails are exactly that - rounded. This shape is not as strong as the squoval or square nail for this reason; the more product that is filed away from the sides of the extension or tip of the nail, the weaker the nail enhancement becomes.
"Pointed" nails are the least strong of all shapes. However, it is still a requested shape, but is an extremely fragile shape and is more prone to breakage.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS A "PINK & WHITE" OR "FRENCH" SET OF NAIL ENHANCEMENTS?
A: A "pink & white" or "French" set of nail enhancements is the application of a pink nail product on the nail bed portion of the nail, and the application of white acrylic on the "free edge" or "extension" portion of the nail. Thereby creating the look of a "pink & white" or "French" look to the enhancement.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS A "REGULAR"?
A: A "regular" fill is the application of product between your nail cuticle and the grow-out portion of your artificial nail. This service also includes repairing of any cracks, breakage or lifting of the nail product, and fresh application of polish.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS A "NATURAL" FILL?
A: A "natural" fill is the same as a "regular" fill.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS A "BACK-FILL"?
A: A "back-fill" is the same as a "regular" fill with the addition of "drilling" or filing off the white portion of the nail product (on the tip of the nail), and applying new, white nail product to the area drilled or filed off.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS A BUFF AND POLISH?
A: A buff and polish is a procedure that is often done between fills. Your nail technician/manicurist will buff the out growth of the nail product, near the cuticle area, making it blend with your natural nail. Nails are then re-polished. This is a service that is less expensive than a nail fill, and allows you to go longer between fills.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS A POLISH CHANGE?
A: A polish change is a nice treat to yourself between appointments. Depending on your lifestyle, polish can become "dull" or begin to wear off at the tips of your enhancements. Your nail technician/manicurist will simply remove your old polish and apply fresh, new polish to your nail enhancements.
This service is especially popular during the holiday season for those special parties or family gatherings. And of course you can always add nail art with your polish change!Top of page
Q: HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY ARTIFICIAL NAIL ENHANCEMENTS?
A: Taking charge of your nail enhancements, once you leave the salon, should be high on your priority list. In order to maintain your nail enhancements for the long term, follow these simple guidelines:
- using high quality cuticle oil, oil the nails at least one time per day. The best time to do this is at night, right before you crawl into bed for the night. If you have time after your shower, oil them again. Ideally, twice per day will give you the optimal result, but at least once per day. Non-use of a cuticle oil may cause product to become brittle, which may cause cracking and/or breakage of your nail enhancements.
-If your nails become too long before your next appointment with your nail technician/manicurist, simply shorten your nails by using a 240-grit file. NEVER use nail clippers, as they may cause "shattering" of your nail enhancements.
-If you have concerns or questions about your enhancements, please contact your nail technician/manicurist, as we always enjoy hearing from you, no matter what the occasion. And remember, no question is a dumb question! It is better to ask now than wait until your next appointment.Top of page
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A FILL?
A: How often you visit your manicurist is a personal decision. However, I recommend that you get a "fill" (also referred to as a "rebase") every two to three weeks. The longer you go between fills, the more apt you are to experience lifting and/or breakage, which in turn can result in a nail mold.Top of page
Q: CAN I CHANGE NAIL POLISH BETWEEN APPOINTMENTS?
A: The wonderful benefit of nail enhancements is that you can wear nail polish with no polish chipping or peeling that often occurs on natural nails. However, the more you change polish color, the more apt you are to have "softening" of the nail product. When removing polish, you are using an acetone based polish remover. The acetone in the polish remover is the product we use most often to remove the nail enhancements from your natural nail. Therefore, your polish changes should be kept to a minimum, so there is no break down in the product used to create your beautiful nail enhancements.Top of page
Q: HOW DO I SHORTEN OR FILE MY NAILS?
A: Shortening of a nail enhancement is simple, as long as you use the proper tool to do so. Purchase a 240-grit file from your nail technician/manicurist or beauty supply store. Never use nail clippers, as they can shatter the nail product. *Note: too much filing may cause the nail product to pull away or lift away from your nail bed. Only file your nail enhancements when necessary between your appointments with your nail technician/manicurist.Top of page
Q: CAN I TAN WITH NAIL ENHANCEMENTS?
A: Tanning with nail enhancements should not cause discoloration of the nail product, as long as your nail technician/manicurist is using a high quality nail product and applying a "UV" protectant top coat. However, if your nail should become discolored or "yellow" after tanning (some tanning lotions may cause yellowing), simply remove the top coat off of your nails. Using a buffer recommended by your nail technician/manicurist, "buff" the nail until the yellowing disappears. Re-polish the nails using a top coat recommended by your nail technician/manicurist.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS LIFTING
A: Lifting is when the nail enhancement product begins to "lift" away from the natural nail. If allowed to go un-maintained, a nail mold can occur.Top of page
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR NAIL BREAKAGE AND/OR LIFTING?
A: The most common reasons for nail lifting or nail breakage is treating your nails as "tools" instead of "jewels".
I am not saying that you must change your lifestyle from being "yourself" to being a woman of "no hands used". What I am saying is this: don't use your nails as a screwdriver, soda can opener, box opener, letter opener or as "pliers" to hold a nail in place while you hammer away.
Biting, traveling, moving and bitter cold are the four most common culprits of nail breakage or lifting. Next comes gardening, cleaning, and washing dishes. Without proper gloves for each, nail breakage and lifting can occur. Stress is also a huge culprit! Whether we realize we are doing it or not, stress causes us to put our nails in our mouth and pick and pull off our beautiful enhancements.
You pay for your enhancements! Treat them with the same respect you would treat a new ring or bracelet. Be yourself, but use the proper protection to keep your nail enhancements beautiful.
As for bitter cold - wearing protective gloves and using a good quality cuticle oil regularly (every night before bed time), will keep your nail enhancements pliable. Plus you receive the benefits of cuticle softening and nail enhancement beautification.
**Special hint: Skiers, snowboarders, snow mobilers and cold weather sports enthusiasts: Before venturing out to your favorite winter sport, grab a bar of Ivory soap, scrape your nails on the bar of soap, filling up the underside of your nails. Throw the bar of soap in your coat pocket, put on your gloves and go play! When you are finished, simply remove your gloves; wash your hands (the bar soap will rinse out from behind your nails) and relish in your memories of the day. This method is not a guarantee that you will not have any nail breakage, but does reduce the chances of such!Top of page
Q: DO ARTIFICIAL NAILS HURT?
A: Nail Enhancement application SHOULD NOT hurt. If your manicurist is using a nail drill or filing with a nail file, and files to deep into your nail bed, it is possible to experience pain and discomfort.
It is important to select a manicurist who is experienced so that this does not happen to you.Top of page
Q: DO ARTIFICIAL NAILS CAUSE MOLD?
A: This is a highly misunderstood subject. Acrylic nails DO NOT cause nail fungi. However, some clients who wear nail enhancements do get a more common disorder commonly known as nail mold.
Mold occurs when the nails are not maintained on a regular basis (every 2-3 weeks), or when the artificial nails are applied improperly. If proper maintenance is not a priority, the acrylic product begins to lose its’ hold on the natural nail, thereby allowing water to seep in between the product and the natural nail. The heat of the body in conjunction with the water allow mold to grow between enhancement and natural nail.
Nail mold is usually green, and though it is unsightly, it does NOT cause permanent damage to the nail, as long as the nail does not go undetected by your manicurist.Top of page
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOLD AND FUNGUS?
A: Nail fungus is often mistaken as nail mold. And nail fungus is very rare.
Fungus is caused by a systematic problem within your body. Nail enhancements DO NOT cause the fungus. If your manicurist is not alert to the early signs of a fungus, and your nail(s) is allowed to go undetected for a period of time, it can continue to grow between the natural nail and the enhancement. Fungus can result in permanent damage to the nail. Once nail fungus is detected, removal of the artificial nail and treatment with an anti-fungal product is imperative. The fungus itself must be treated by a physician.
Nail fungus is very rare, and in my experience as a manicurist, I have only known one woman to encounter a fungus. After treatment by her physician, we reapplied the enhancements with no re-occurrence of the fungus.Top of page
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