By Naomi Gurney
With manicures hitting newspaper headlines and social media for all the wrong reasons recently. Infections, damaged nail beds, rashes and even skin cancer are just some of the scare stories that came out in the consumer press last year, claiming a manicure could ruin your nails.
Do nails need to breathe?
Nails do not need a break from polish or enhancements to breathe. Just as you moisturise your face or condition your hair, nails should always be covered as the polish adds extra strength and protection. As well as protecting the nail, a treatment-based polish will nurture the natural nail and help it to grow.
Do enhancements ruin natural nails?
Today’s nail products are advanced and don’t require the technician to damage natural nails during application, maintenance or removal. If pain, discomfort, or thinned or damaged nails are experienced, it’s most likely due to a nail technician lack of training or even having a qualification. Picking, chewing, or mistreating your enhancements could also lead to this.
Are white spots a lack of calcium?
Leukonychia, more commonly known as white spots on your nails, doesn’t indicate a calcium deficiency. White spots are common and harmless, and are most likely signs of trauma to the nail plate or the matrix. Just like folding a piece of clear plastic leaves a white spot, so does pressure or trauma to the nail.
Is gel better than acrylic?
It is a common misconception that gel is healthier than acrylic for creating enhancements. Both are made from the same chemical family. The main difference, other than wearability, and application technique, is how each is removed. Acrylic dissolves in acetone and hard gel does not, so it requires the nail technician to buff it off.
Can UV lamps cause skin cancer?
The risk of developing skin cancer while using UV nail lamps is extremely low. Hands are exposed to UV for a very short time and at a very low level. Also, the natural nail plate has a natural UV resistance equal to SPF 40 sunscreen, and research also suggests that the back of the hands are 3.5 times more resistant than a person’s back.
Brown or green patches on nails are mould?
The vast majority of nail infections are actually caused by bacteria, which show up as green discolouration of the nail. It’s generally caused by moisture trapped between the natural nail or an artificial nail.
Cutting your cuticles benefits nails?
Loose pieces of cuticle should be removed with sharp nippers, but never cut the attached cuticles as this will not only cause them to grow back quicker and thicker but it can also lead to infection, as your cuticles are the only thing keeping germs out of your nail beds. When you clip cuticles, you’ll expose them to germs.
To date South Africa does not have a governing body that checks up on salon standards and therapist training. Some nail bars/salons do in house training or the therapists go on part time courses which do not cover everything that a therapist needs to know. Be smart and only go to experienced therapists who have trained and who are passionate about their industry.