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Re: Artificial Nails

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Posted by Marti on November 05, 2000 at 23:09:17:

In Reply to: Artificial Nails posted by TKramer on November 05, 2000 at 21:03:59:

: My wife use to have artifical nails 3+ yrs ago and loved them. Unfortunately, she developed a bad fungus and had to stop using the product. She would love to begin using them again but is fearful of the same problem. Has the glue technology changed to a point where there is less risk to a fungus infection? If yes, what products should she look at....Thanks

Artificial nail products do not cause fungus; the nail technician does through using improperly sanitized imstruments, implements and tools, improper mix ration, and improper preparation and application techniques. A green to black discoloration on the nail palte is caused by the pseudomonas bacterium, and the discoloration is simply a by-product of the infection. Here is a list on how to find a top quality nail salon:

Are the salon and individual workstations clean? Does your nail technician observe proper sanitation practices?

Before the technician begins your service, you should both wash your hands. The towel at the table should be clean, and all instruments used in the service should have been disinfected. Don't be afraid to ask your nail technician how the instruments have been disinfected.

What is included in the price of the service?

Many salons provide all-inclusive service prices; some salons charge a-la-carte. Be sure you understand exactly what services are performed for the price. For example, is polish extra? Is top coat or fast-dry extra? Will you be charged for broken nails?

Did the nail technician explain the service to you, ask questions about
your needs and inform you of proper home care?

There have been so many advancements in artificial nail products that nail technicians can make the most natural looking nails in the world, but artificial nails aren't for everyone. Your nail technician should ask you about your needs and explain the at-home maintenance you should perform to care for your nails. You should also share pertinent medical information with her (certain medications, for example, can hinder the application of certain nail products).

Does the salon have a strong odor?

There is an odor associated with some artificial nail products, but there is no danger to customers smelling it during their service. However, an overpowering odor can be an indication of an inadequate ventilation system in the salon. Ask your nail technician or the salon owner what is done in the salon to minimize exposure to odors, vapors, and filing dust for customer comfort.

Does the technician use a drill or electric file?

Drills (or electric files) are commonly used in the industry and, when used properly, are perfectly safe. You should not feel any pain or burning when the drill is being used; if you experience any discomfort, tell your technician immediately. The only time a drill should be used on the natural nail is with a buffer (no grit).

Are the technician and the salon licensed?

All states except Alaska, Connecticut, Nebraska and Utah require licenses for nail technicians, and most states require that the license be displayed for customers to see.

What products are used in the salon?

Most salons use products that are for professionals only, and your technician should be able to explain what products she uses and why. There have been a great many advances in nail chemistry in the last 10 years, but some salons still use chemicals whose use in nail care is not recommended, specifically a product called methyl methacrylate (MMA).

What if you have a problem with your nails?

Good communication between nail professional and customer is essential, so if you are not happy with your service or your nails, talk to your technician or the salon owner about it.

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