FAQ's ( The questions below are generally generic for both UV Gel and Acrylic extentions)
How long will it take to do the nails?
Usually it takes around an hour to do a full set of nails. A client card will be filled out for legal reasons, then we will discuss what you would like.
If having a Take off and Full set on, it will take around 1.30hrs to 2hrs as the removal process can take some time.
What times do you work from / to?
I am available on a daily basis from 0800hrs. Most appointments take between 1-1.5hrs depending what treatment you are having.
Do i have to provide anything?
No, just come to my home and get pampered
What are Gel Nails ?
Gel is a one component nail treatment that strengthens and promotes the growth of natural nails. Applied onto a prepared nail the product cures under a UVA light, leaving the nail hard but flexible & natural glossy finish.
The gel is odorless and fume free, a clean system with little dust as a result of minimal buffing required before and after application.
Gel nails are an extremely natural-looking extension clear, flexible, non-yellowing, nonporous, resist lifting.
What are Acrylic Nail Extensions ?
Nail Extensions are artificial structures which are applied to the natural nails, using state of the art techniques and products, to create nails that look natural, grow with your own nails and are often much stronger than natural nails.
You can dramatically transform the appearance of your nails with a set of beautiful nail Extensions. Nail biters need not fear. A technician can transform the appearance of your nails and provide you with advice on how to maintain their appearance.
Do you use an electric file for filing?
Sometimes. On the initial treatment i prefer to use hand files. I may use and electric file to assist when removing a set of nail extensions ot on an infil. this speeds up the process and allows more time on the actual treatment. If you would rather me use a hand file please ask.
Are acrylic nails harmful to your real nails if you wear them all the time?Some people who wear artificial, or acrylic, nails may notice a slight discoloration or coarsening of their natural nails. But a more serious nail problem resulting from acrylic nails is infection.
Sometimes a gap develops between the acrylic nail and the natural nail. If the acrylic nail is bumped or jarred, it may separate from the natural nail. This gap provides a moist, warm environment in which bacteria and fungus can grow. If such an infection occurs, the natural nail may become thickened and discoloured and should be evaluated by a doctor.
Rarely, a person may have an allergic reaction (contact dermatitis) to components of acrylic nails or the adhesives used to apply them. This usually results in some redness and peeling of the skin around the nail. If peeling is excessive or persists despite the use of moisturizer on the affected skin, consult a doctor.
Do nail extensions come off ?
If properly cared for your Extensions should not come off. Biting and picking are the most common causes of lifting which can damage the natural nail. Once lifting has occurred it can be exaggerated by certain hand creams and oils, in particular those containing lanolin, mineral oil or paraffin. These products are not absorbed by the skin but remain on the surface to penetrate any gaps that develop between the natural nail and the enhancement. Check all such products for these ingredients by reading the labels.
Do nail extensions break?
Yes. They are designed to break under impact to protect the natural nail. A broken enhancement can be repaired easily.
How to care for nail extensions?
Artificial Nail Extensions involves a trade-off:
In exchange for having consistently beautiful nails, you must visit your nail technition regularly. You must also take greater care to protect your nails from damage or breakage, more carefully than you did in the past before you had the nails applied. Plan to see your nail technician about every two weeks, but your nail technician will determine a schedule that is appropriate for you.
The Procedure of Application of Acrylic Nails
Acrylic nail products are characterized by the use of a powder called polymer, and a liquid called monomer. An acrylic brush is dipped first in the monomer and then into the polymer, creating a "ball" of wet acrylic on the end of the brush. The acrylic is applied to the nails while wet, and sets to a hard finish in a matter of minutes. Most Systems follow a similar procedure. Please note most monomers have a strong odour similar to nail polish remover, however when the treatments have finished the smell usually goes quickly. UV Gel nails are odourless.
Infills & Rebalancing
As the natural nail grows, new nail plate appears at the cuticle creating a gap between the cuticle and the nail enhancement. The enhancement starts to look unnatural, becomes unbalanced (or top heavy) and is more likely to break. Cracks can also appear. Rebalancing involves infilling the new growth area and re-shaping the nail to strengthen it and return its natural appearance. Cracks can be repaired at the same time. You should return to the salon every 2/3 weeks for infills, rebalancing and general maintenance.
Removal of Nail Extensions
Extensions should be professionally removed with acetone which softens and dissolves the artificial nails. Generally the nails are soaked for 15 minutes to allow the extension to peel away. once this has happened the nails are buffed to smooth them out and a moisturizer is applied. after a few days the nails will look natural again.