I've had a few ladies recently book with me and said I do not want Acrylics, 'they will damage my nails'.


In face this is very untrue, No they don't, nail drills and bad technicians ruin your nails not acrylics.


The horror stories of nail drills burning the nail plate, acetone being heated in boiling water and razors being used in pedicures.


Acrylic Nails and Infills are made and constructed by using two substances - a liquid (monomer) and a powder which when mixed together create the acrylic that is moulded into a nail.


The correct liquid used for nails contains a substance called EMA (Ethyl Methacrylate) along with cuticle treatment and a light buff and use of a good quality primer is all that is necessary.


However there is another liquid that can also be used and
this has an ingredient called MMA (Methyl Methacrylate).


MMA products are very similar to EMA but are a lot cheaper.


Why should MMA liquid not be used for nails?


Believe it or not it is used in the dental industry. It is used to make crowns for teeth and should never be used on natural nails.


Walk in Nail Bars use drills/electric files to prep the nail and overuse this method to extent they sometimes feel like they burn your nails. The main reason they use the nail drills apart from the speed is they have to take off the top layers of the natural nail plate to get the porous layers below, which you cannot achieve easily with a nail file


The reason for this is MMA does not adhere to the natural nail, but does to the layers far below this! That is where the problems occur. You have taken off the top layers of the nail making it thin and means if you snag the nail the enhancement doesn't come off the nail plate does.


How can you tell if MMA is used?


Do they use a nail drill is the first question?


MMA is likely to be harder more rigid and can yellow after a while.
MMA extensions resist breaking if accidentally caught or jammed and this can lead to very painful breakages and natural nail plate lifting. It can also cause serious nail infections.


I am not saying that all Nail Bars are bad but a few simple questions to the people that are going to work on your nails will tell you all you need to know.


Is your Nail Technician using known brands?

Any Qualified Nail Technician will know what brands they use and should be able to answer when requested. All her Nail Brands will be correctly labelled.


Is your Nail Technician wearing a face mask?

Dust from nails is a pain but not harmful. MMA products can cause breathing problems for the user, the person doing your nails.


Is your Nail Technician using an electric nail file/drill on your natural nail?

If yes do not use them. If using quality known brands you do not have to use electric drills on your natural nail so even if they are using known brands and are using drills, they are damaging the nail plate for no reason which is possibly even worse as you are just having your nails ruined for speed.


Simple answer is - stay away from these places. They may be easy to drop in for 45 minutes but is it worth the risk of the long term damage this can do to your nails. They are a production line and use outdated methods of nail preparation.


Why Do Some Nail Techs Do it?

The nail plate is made up of about 100 densely packed sheets of flattened cells. It's a super-tough, non-living structure primarily made up of keratin.

It's also a smooth surface, which is why light filing (to remove the shine) is necessary during prep to ensure adhesion.


This light filing only removes 3-5 layers of the nail plate, which is safe and non-damaging.


I have recently carried out a few infills on clients who think they are wearing gels, when I ask them was it liquid or powder or a jelly substance that was used they always say liquid and powder so are being misinformed on what is going on their nails, any qualified nail technician will explain treatments at the beginning of their appointment.