My friend Jessie is not just a nail art star on her youtube channel Nailed It NZ, but she is also a qualified nail technician. I’ve interviewed her with frequently asked questions about nail health, and general nail and nail polish queries. I found it really interesting, and I hope you will too!
Are acrylics/gel extensions/gel polish bad for your nails?
Not if they’re done correctly! An experienced, qualified nail tech who uses proper application and removal methods will leave your natural nails healthy and undamaged. It’s important to check the knowledge of those doing your nails and make sure that they’re not using acrylic liquid (monomer) that has MMA, rather than EMA in it. MMA sets extremely hard, and if you have a quick google you can see the horrendous injuries that can be caused by the false nail being stronger than the natural one. MMA also requires more etching of the nail before applying the product – damaging your nail.
Never pick off your acrylics or gel polish – they must be soaked off. If the only way a tech says they can remove the product is by pulling it off, they are likely to be using MMA. And just to repeat, NEVER pick off your acrylics or gel polish!! It pulls off layers of keratin, damaging and thinning the nail plate.
Is acetone bad for your nails?
Nope, acetone naturally occurs in our body in small amounts and is safe. Because of this I prefer it over normal nail polish remover – followed by some hydrating cuticle oil. However, acetone can be an irritant to some people, so it’s good to have acetone-free alternatives for this reason.
Do strengthening topcoats help?
I am yet to find a shred of evidence to prove that they are anything but a glorified clear polish. As I mentioned before, nails are dead, and you cannot change them once they are out. What you can do as a short-term fix to minimise breakage is keep them covered – this extra layer adds strength simply by making the nail thicker. Nail polish, base coats, clear coats, top coats and “strengthening” products would all work for this. However, it’s just a short-term fix and it’s much better to get into a long-term care regime that will help your nails to grow out healthy and strong in the future. Cuticle oil is the key ingredient here! I’ve actually just filmed a video about this, it’ll be a few weeks away but I’ll let Lena know when it’s up. In the meantime, here’s my video about how to grow your nails long and strong.
How to spot a good nail salon – any recommendations for places to go?
No, I’ll occasionally do a one-off for a friend or follower but I keep it very minimal. I’m focusing more on my online nail work right now, as well as studying so I don’t have a lot of free time!
Best polish brands?
To end this post, I want to show my favourite nail art that Jessie has done – Frozen nails!!! The video where she does it is just amazing, I was in awe watching her paint their tiny faces, you can watch it by clicking this link.