There are many products out there that we use. A lot of it is personal preferences, or needs of the client. If you have a question about what a nail tech is using on you ask, they should have no problem telling you what it does, and what brand it is. There is a product out there called MMA or Methyl methacrylate. In 1974 the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared it to be a Poisonous and deleterious (harmful) substance, when used on fingernails. This product tends to be used in discount a shop, that’s why it’s important to ask questions if you have any concerns.
Salons and Day Spas focus on the client’s needs, discount shops do not. Discount shops are similar to assembly lines. Get you in and out as fast as they can. When you are being rushed out, things can be over looked. Salons and Day Spas, offer more than just a service. Many offer refreshments, quiet places to sit and relax before your appointments. Salons and Day Spas want to make you feel welcome. You will hear me say this over and over, “you get what you pay for.” Remember that!
There are many out there who bite their nails, I used to be a nail biter. Doing this can cause permanent damage to the nail. I have perfected a method to allow nail biter to have wonderful looking nails again. I use acrylic to create a natural looking nail. Because the acrylic is very hard it’s difficult for someone to bite off. With the acrylic protecting the natural nail, it gives the nail an opportunity to grow and the nail biter will be able to break the habit of biting. Consultation required
**Solar was a brand of acrylic by Creative Nail Designs. This acrylic tends to have a higher cost at discount salons, because it is a name brand. What makes solar different is that it won't yellow when exposed to UV light, such as tanning beds or sun. There are many products out there that have this same ability. I use Premium Nail Concepts monomer (liquid) and powders that also are considered non-yellowing. A good tell tail sign that the product being used is considered non-yellowing is if the monomer (liquid) is a purple color. If there is ever a question or concern, always ask the person performing the service. **Solar is no longer available. CND has discontinued this product.
This is a great question and many women ask me this. So here is my answer. Discount shops are just that, discounted. There is a reason they charge so little. What corners are they cutting to charge you such a small amount? Just remember this saying “you get what you pay for.” You pay $25 for a full set, don’t think your nails will look the same as someone who paid twice that. Also understand that are some untalented nail techs out there, no matter what you pay. But if you are unhappy with the end result you need to bring up your concerns with the nail tech, if they want to keep you as a client then they will try their best to make you happy. If you were my client I’d want to make you happy.
I think acrylic nails can be done to fit most lifestyles. I won’t do acrylic nails on anyone under the age of 18 unless they have a parent come speak with me first. Nails are a commitment! They have to be maintained every 2-3 weeks. The cost per month for acrylic nails can average $50, maybe more.
Shellac is a brand of gel polish by Creative Nail Designs. There are many other similar products that are considered gel polishes. A gel polish is cured under a UV or LED light. Once cured the product is dry. I personally like using the Hand and Nail Harmony brand of gel polish called Gelish. Gel polish can be used on all types of nails, including acrylic nail enhancements.
The best way is word of mouth. If you have friends, family, co-workers that get their nails done, and you like the way they look ask who does them. Women who get their nails done are proud of them and are more then willing to share the name of their nail tech. In most states you are required by law to be licensed, you should make sure the nail tech you are considering is licensed.
Call and speak with the nail technician. While speaking with them, tell them that your friend/co-worker referred them to you. Then tell them what you are wanting, there are different services that meet different needs. If you are unsure, make an appointment for a manicure, to meet face to face and discuss the options.