Answers to a few frequently asked questions about the nail services that I offer:
What kind of nails do you do?
I offer both gel and acrylic nail services. I do gel polish manicures and pedicures using Artistic Colour Gloss, as well as Hard Gel extensions using Artistic Nail Design’s Rock Hard LED Gel and acrylic extensions using Artistic Nail Design’s Liquid & Powder.
Do you do Shellac?
Shellac is a brand of hybrid gel polish used for doing manicures and pedicures and is not a type of manicure service. I use Artistic Colour Gloss gel polish, which lasts longer than hybrid gel polishes.
Do you use an electric file or drill?
No, I don’t. I was taught to buff and file all nails and nail enhancements using a standard hand-held file or buffer. I find that this gives me more control over how much I am filing or buffing off, thereby reducing the risk of damaging or buffing off too much natural nail. If you have really thin paper-like nails, it could be because your nail technician is buffing or filing away too much of your natural nail.
Do you cut nails or cuticles?
No, I don’t cut nails or cuticles. Nails are filed down to the desired length using a nail file (this includes toe nails), as this reduces any risk of live skin being accidentally nicked or cut with clippers or other form of cutting tool. Legally, nail technicians are not allowed to cut or remove any living tissue, as this is classed as minor surgery. This includes cuticles and any skin around your nails. By having someone cut your cuticles, or any other skin around your nails, it increases your risk of the area possibly becoming infected.
Do you use plastic nail tips?
I prefer not to use tips as these create a weak spot in the nail enhancement. During my training I was taught how to use tips as well as how to sculpt the entire nail enhancement using forms instead of tips (a form is a type of removable sticker) which creates a stronger nail enhancement and reduces the risk of splitting or breaking. If you prefer to have tips put under your enhancements, I can still do this for you.
Does having enhancements (hard gel or acrylic) hurt?
Nail enhancements should never hurt! If they do and you’ve had tips applied under them, it’s probably because the tips have been incorrectly sized and are too large or too small for your natural nail shape. This will cause unnecessary pressure on your natural nail, as the glued on tip will be forcing the natural nail into a different shape.
Does removing acrylic nails hurt?
No, having your acrylic nails remover should never hurt. Acrylic should only ever be soaked off and never ripped off or popped off. If the nail technician you have been going to is ripping off or popping off your acrylics, it’s possible that she (or he) has not been properly trained.
Will having acrylic damage my natural nails?
No. The only time acrylic will damage the natural nail is if it is incorrectly removed. Acrylic has to be soaked off and when this is done properly, the acrylic becomes soft and the bond holding it onto the nail loosens, allowing it to separate without damaging your natural nails. If your nail technician is ripping or popping off your acrylics, they will be taking off a few layers of your natural nail with the acrylic, which will lead to nail damage.
Do you use products containing MMA?
No, I don’t. MMA (methyl methacrylate) use is restricted in New Zealand and is illegal in most states in the United States. Artistic Nail Design products contain EMA (ethyl methacrylate), which is much safer than MMA. To read more about MMA and EMA, click on this link.
How do I tell if a nail technician is qualified?
Ask where they trained and request to see their certificates. A qualified nail technician won’t have a problem with showing their certificates to you.
Do you travel?
Unfortunately, I do not provide a mobile service for nails, all nail services are done in my salon based in Army Bay, Whangaparaoa. However, I do provide a mobile service for make-up only (see Make-up FAQ).
Can I pay by EFTPOS or Credit Card?
I do have an EFTPOS facility available and can accept Visa and MasterCard debit cards only. If you choose to pay by Credit Card, a surcharge may be applicable.