Monday, August 27, 2012

If you get "fake nails" done, please read this

Today I'm re-posting a Facebook "note"  from Barefoot Butterfly Studios.  Its kind of a rant, but the info in it is spot on, not to mention it seems to be a concept that the general consumers dont grasp.  So if you go get "nail enhancements", "fake nails", "gels", "acrlyics", "solar nails"  or any other term for getting your nails done, READ THIS.  It is important to know what you're putting on your nails.

And on to the article:

"SolarNails" Acrylic? Gel? Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)? GET EDUCATED PEOPLE!!
by Barefootbutterfly Studio on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:37pm ·

Alrighty.. SO… I am reeeeally getting sick and tired of the lies that are being told to innocent nail clients, and it has to stop!! This is one of the only ways I know how to reach a lot of people (Social Media) so here goes…

This is all about ACRYLIC NAILS vs.GEL NAILS  AND about the fact that recently  I have been asked a lot about, or if I do “SOLAR NAILS”  AAAAARRRRGGGGGGGG!!!!!! Not AGAIN! I say to myself…WHY oh WHY do people believe what they are being told by salons who don’t give a care about their clients?! You know why?? Because they are not EDUCATED on the subject!

People are being LIED to EVERYDAY in “discount salons” all over Canada! (By “Discount Salons” I mean nail salons that pop up overnight & disappear just as fast, sometimes have a language barrier and can sometimes be located inside rental units in other large chain stores)

Here are the solid facts... There are a few types of products that can be applied to nails to build a nail enhancement (False nail extension)  either with a form (a paper or plastic support held under the nail edge to build out on) or with a tip (a plastic extension glued onto the nail). These products include 2 specific very popular ones that I will explain here-


ACRYLIC -Characteristics are the following- *A POWDER and a LIQUID are mixed together and it polymerizes as it dries to create a tough coating. The technical chemical name for the FDA approved acrylic that reputable salons use is called ETHYL Methacrylate.  (Just remember Lucy’s best friend Ethel!! Lol)  If you have nails on that were built with a powder and a liquid then you have ACRYLIC NAILS ON!!  NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS!!.... NO!! NOT a chance that anything built with a powder & liquid is “a new kind of GEL” !!!! NO … NO … NO… !!!!.........NO!)

GEL-Characteristics are the following- *A substance that comes in semi liquid, sticky GEL form in a small tub like container that is applied to the nail and cured under a light. If you have this product on your nails then you have GEL NAILS!!

*Please do not confuse gel nails with acrylic nails with a gel top coat. These are when the nails are built with Acrylic (powder & liquid) filed and then a coat of thin gel polish is brushed on like nail polish and is cured under a light) Also, do not confuse gel nails with a gel nail polish that comes in a nail polish bottle, is not meant for building and is applied like nail polish and cured under a light.

There are differences in these products but it is mostly the technician’s preference as to which product they like to use and also sometimes what the nail technician has been trained to use.

I will now explain what “SOLAR NAILS” are… There is a product that is made by a company called Creative Nail Design (CND) …. It is called Radical Solar Nail.  It is made with proper FDA approved Ethyl Methacylate. It is a choice of a lot of professional reputable nail techs worldwide and it has been used in the nail industry for many years. Radical Solar Nail is a brand of ACRYLIC… The same way Ford  Mustang  is a brand of VEHICLE. Maybe you have a Toyota Camry , maybe you have a Chevy Camaro… They are brands of motor vehicle.  It’s the same with CND’S Radical Solar Nail.  Companies make nail products. They have different names for their acrylic products and for their gel products. Radical Solar Nail is a powder & liquid system, an ACRYLIC product made by Creative Nail Design (CND)

***I will now explain to you what numerous people have been telling me that they are being told in “discount salons”… They are being told that “SOLAR NAILS” are either better than Acrylic (which is ludicrous since they ARE ACRYLIC!!!)  or that with these “new” “Solar Nails” they are getting GEL NAILS (which they are not because it is clearly a powder and liquid being applied!) In all of the cases they are being told that they are “Better  For You” and they are being CHARGED MORE FOR THESE “SOLAR NAILS”. Let me say it LOUD & CLEAR>>>>>>They are being RIPPED OFF and LIED TO!!

THE PART THAT BAFFLES A LOT OF PEOPLE...For some incredibly strange reason “discount salons” have  taken the name “SOLARNAIL”  and are using it in a BIZARRE way...somehow describing a "NEW PRODUCT"... something ‘better’ than acrylic or gel. AND Even more BIZARRE,  it has stuck with the public! It is incredibly frustrating to nail technicians who know the scam that is affecting thousands of clients!

The part that REALLY PISSES ME OFF … a large percentage of the time that clients are being told at “discount salons “ that they are getting “SOLAR NAIL”… THEY ARE NOT Getting the product Radical Solar Nail by CND…  They are getting a product applied to their nails called METHYL METHACRYLATE, also known as MMA. This product is BANNED BY THE FDA for use on Nails!!!  It is used to make LUCITE and other hard plastic products such as bullet proof glass & shatter proof eyeglasses. It is bought in bulk and distributed secretly for use in the beauty industry. It is harsh and causes allergic reactions. It is filed with a drill after it is applied to nails because it is so dense and hard. It has a sour smell when it is being filed.

-ASK QUESTIONS!! If you feel the nail techs are not telling you the truth about the products that are being used on you then WALK OUT OF THE SALON!

-If you feel that the language barrier is making you uneasy about what is being applied to you… WALK OUT OF THE SALON! (YES, even part way through the service!)

-If the nail techs are using a product that is out of an unmarked or non labeled bottle, ASK TO SEE A BOTTLE WITH A LABEL and if they do not have a marked bottle to show you the ingredients PLEASE, Use common sense & WALK OUT OF THE SALON!!


We are seeing more and more damage done everyday… it’s so sad because all it takes is a little knowledge and the guts to WALK THE HECK OUT if you feel they are doing something they shouldn’t be!!  Methyl Methacrylate(MMA) is an industrial product used to make hard plastic… people are not supposed to have this product applied to their nails.. It was banned by the FDA 20 years ago! It has made a huge resurgence in the last 5-10 yrs. People can develop allergic reactions very quickly to MMA. It can also cause nerve damage, tingling & burning to ones nails and cuticles. It is so hard that when it breaks, It will almost always break the natural nail underneath causing painful damage. I have seen nails that are damaged beyond repair :( Nails are lifting right off of the nail bed because of trauma due to the harshness & hardness of the product and allergic reactions caused by MMA. Nails that are never going to grow back because the nail bed is SO DAMAGED BY MMA! This is absolutely unacceptable.

And by the way, once you have developed an allergy to Methyl Methacrylate, it is usually with you for life. And your body will not differentiate between a safe Ethyl Methacrylate and NON SAFE Methyl Methacrylate. You could have an allergy to any type of acrylic or gel for the rest of your life which means that if u do have lifting nails beds (the natural nail plate coming away from the nail bed (the soft tissue) then let them grow out eventually, the next time you decide you would like to have your acrylic or gel nails done, even by a reputable salon, your own nails could react in the same way – as the allergy will cause your nail plates to come away from your nail beds again & again.  I have seen this!! YOU DON’T WANT THIS!!

Why, You ask, are discount salons using MMA? Because it is approximately a third (or less) of the price of FDA Approved Ethyl (Lucy’s BFF!) Methacrylate. It’s all about the $$$ folks… Sadly like a lot of things in this world today.

Please folks.. educate yourselves (reading this to the end was a great way to do that!)

Make the right choices and don’t let ANYONE push you around!! Take charge of YOU and make the right decision! There are more than enough nail technicians out there who do care about you and your nails and are more than willing to sit down with you , chat about it & help keep you informed!

I hope this clears up questions you have about this topic!! If you are a nail tech or even if you just want to educate friends, please feel free post a link to this page as the more people know, the more bad nail experiences we can prevent!

Carolyn- Master Nail Technician & Educator for over 24 yrs

If you would like even more information on MMA, here is a link to more technical info..

Just a reminder - I have no affiliation what-so-ever with Barefootbutterfly Studio, I just thought this was a good thing for people to read.

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