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If you have a question about nails or the industry, feel free to submit it here and we will do our best to answer it for you.  

 

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we at Just Nails are asked by our clients.

 
Will nail extensions damage my own nails?
As long as your nail enhancements are applied and removed correctly, your natural nails should not be damaged.

We strongly recommend that you go to a qualified nail technician, if you are unsure who to go to ask if they are members of an association such as the Associated Beauty Therapists (ABT).


 
What are the different systems used?
Whether its acrylic, gels or wraps they all come from the acrylic family.


Acrylics are made from a mixture of a Liquid and a powder. They are more rigid than other systems and so are most suited to those who are perhaps more “heavy handed”. With acrylics, you can experiment with a vast array of colours, glitters and we can design beautiful 3D flowers and colour fades for you. These nails can be safely removed by soaking in acetone.


Gel. This is a premixed product which must be hardened under an ultra violet light. Gel nails are more flexible than acrylics and so tend to “lift” less so are ideal for clients who have their hands in water such as hairdressers.   There are two types of gels – Porous and Non Porous. At Just Nails we use the porous system which are removed by being soaked in acetone. The non-porous products can only be removed by being filed off which takes time and can increase the risk of damage to your natural nails. We offer a top coat gel which can be applied over either system so you can still have the durability of acrylic and the glass like finish of gel.


Wraps – usually silk or fibreglass. This is built up with a layer of fibreglass or silk and then by having a resin applied. The nails are then “set” with a spray activator. These nails are strong, shapely & thin with a natural appearance.   

 
 
Why does it smell so strong in some salons?
Acrylic nails are created using a liquid and a powder.


The correct liquid for use on nails contains a substance called EMA (Ethyl Methacrylate). This does carry an odour but is not harmful in any way when used in a well ventilated area. At Just Nails we use a low sensitive monomer which reduces the odour level but still provides a finished nail which looks crystal clear.


However, there is another liquid on the market used in some salons which contains MMA (Methyl Methacrylate). This liquid has a very unpleasant, strong odour and you will find that users will be wearing facemasks* to protect themselves. Over exposure to this liquid can cause headaches and nausea.

 

What is MMA?
The BBC’s consumer affairs programme “Watchdog” recently alerted the public to the dangers of MMA.

 

Acrylic nails are made with two substances – a liquid and a powder. The correct liquid used for nails contains a substance called EMA (Ethyl Methacrylate), the damaging liquid contains MMA (Methyl Methacrylate).

 

MMA (Methyl Methacrylate) is a harmful compound that can cause nail disfigurement, infections and is likely to cause irritation to those people suffering with contact dermatitis.

 

In extreme cases MMA can make the whole nail “fall off”. It can take between ten months to a year to correct the damage caused by MMA, this will involve regular treatments or if the nail has completely come off, a prosthetic nail being made.

 

Long term use of MMA may also lead to permanent damage to the respiratory system due to the fumes.

 

The substance has been outlawed in most states in America but is, amazingly, still legal in the UK.

 

EMA Ethyl Methacylate is safe. Here’s the science lesson. EMA is an extremely weak “sensitiser” in its’ liquid form, the atoms are so much larger than that of MMA they cannot penetrate the skin or nail plate.  As MMA is a cheaper bonding liquid it enables less reputable salons to offer sets of nails at greatly reduced prices (£15 - £20) with a full set being applied in 30 –45 minutes rather than the usual 75 - 90 minutes.

 

Any further information regarding MMA please feel free to talk to Julie.

 

Please remember
Enhancements are designed to break or crack if banged or caught. Doing so will mean that if the natural nail gets broken it can grow back healthily without the risk of permanent damage to your nails.

 

Do you use electric files?
Due to the severe hardness of MMA, the only way to file is through drilling. Technicians who are irresponsible enough to use MMA are also irresponsible enough to use an electric file.


The extra amount of drilling required to maintain these enhancements leads to situations where technicians burn the nail bed, over-thin the plate, and even drill through the natural nail plate!


At Just Nails our products DO NOT contain MMA so it is therefore unnecessary to put your natural nails at risk by using an electric file.


Why do I need to have a consultation?


We undertake a consultation with you to:

 

From this we will advise you on the type of nail enhancement will be most suitable for your lifestyle, and the shape that best suits your hand.
You will also be given aftercare advice to follow to keep your nails looking their best.

 

How long will my enhancements last?
Enhancements will last for as long as you look after them. However with tip & overlay extensions, after 12 weeks or so, your natural nail will outgrow the tip & show underneath. At this stage we will normally soak the set off and apply a new one.

 

How often will I need to have maintenance appointments?
As your natural nail grows you will need regular maintenance appointments to fill in the new growth area (approx every 2-3 wks).
An infill appointment is needed every 2 weeks, the area near the cuticle.


What happens if I have any breakages before my next appointment?
The Just Nails team will always do their best to arrange a repair appointment for you.

If you have any questions just call (01983) 614174