Artificial nails appeared in the middle of the last century. The invention was addressed primarily to those whose nail plates are far from perfect.
Artificial nails help hide any imperfections: lengthen tiny nail plates; forget about ribbed, rough and uneven nails; "mask" yellowish bloom and white spots; transform thin, brittle and flaky nails into dense, strong and smooth nails.
Despite its widespread use, nail extension is surrounded by many myths and misunderstandings.
Artificial nail myths
Artificial nails do not tolerate water well. This is probably the most common misconception about nail modeling. Most likely, it is actively spread by the girls themselves. After all, this is a great reason to shift dishes and laundry to other family members. In fact, artificial nails are not afraid of water at all. They are made from high-tech polymers that are used in medicine and even in astronautics. Artificial materials of the latest generation are so firmly combined with the keratin of natural nails that they are not afraid of any water. So swim in the pool, take a bath, go to the sauna, do your household chores.
Extending nails is harmful. While wearing artificial nails, natural nails are in a protected state and are not subject to any aggressive external influences. In most cases, with the constant wearing of extended nails, even a damaged natural nail acquires the correct direction of growth and shape, stops exfoliating and can completely acquire an aesthetic appearance. Extension is also recommended for those who have a heavy load on the nails.
Important! For women suffering from diabetes, skin diseases, acute arthritis, circulatory disorders, fungal infection (on the hands), at the time of buildup undergoing chemotherapy / X-ray therapy and taking photosensitive drugs, and, of course, for women during pregnancy - it is not recommended to build up nails!
A natural nail "suffocates" if artificial material (acrylic or gel) is applied on top of it. This myth is strange, if only because nails are not a separate part of the human body. Any professional master will explain how the nutrients that the body receives are supplied to the nail plates. First of all, the circulatory system plays an important role in the nutrition of the nails, delivering the necessary nutrients through the capillaries located directly under the nail bed.
Acrylic extensions are less harmful to natural nails than gel. The debate about which material is better, acrylic or gel, has been going on since the advent of both technologies. But you cannot put the question like that. The material is selected individually for each person. It depends on the condition of the nails, your lifestyle and likewise preferences and wishes. The effect on natural nails of both materials is practically the same, because: they, both acrylic and gel, belong to the same acrylic family. The damage to the nails can be caused rather by illiterate work, and not by the materials themselves. If acrylic nails are simply dissolved and completely removed, then the gel nails must be filed off; during this procedure, a layman can easily damage natural nails. Therefore, if you decide to do nail modeling, please contact experienced professionals.
Artificial nails are a breeding ground for bacteria that collect between artificial and natural nails. If we are talking about the work of a bad master, then it is difficult to disagree with this. There are many reasons for the flaking of artificial coatings from natural nails, the most common of which is poor performance. Often these "professionals" offer clients to purchase false nail glue, which further exacerbates the problem. In this case, the growth of bacteria increases due to the greenhouse effect. Diseases such as mold are possible.
Artificial nails look fake. Not everyone naturally has the perfect nail shape. But, despite the obvious advantages of extension, many women, fearing that artificial nails will look rough, prefer their natural ones. This misconception was true when the extension technology first came to us, but now both gel and acrylic nails can look just like natural. The latest achievement of the nail industry is nail modeling, taking into account individual characteristics: skin color and texture, shape and color of the nail plate. Moreover, the thickness of the tip of the artificial nail does not exceed the thickness of the business card. Such nails are often visually almost impossible to distinguish from beautiful natural ones.
The longer the simulated nails, the better they look. A very controversial, but quite common opinion. Artificial nails can be of absolutely any length and shape. Moreover, this season the most current trend in manicure is naturalness, that is, nails of medium length, natural oval shape. Perhaps the length misconception was born due to the fact that often young girls prefer giant nails with a bright flashy design. But this does not mean at all that such nails are in fashion. The main goal of modeling is to hide flaws and highlight the advantages of your natural nails. Moreover, recently such a procedure is slowly but surely spreading among the stronger sex. Modeled male nails, as well as female ones, are visually practically indistinguishable from well-groomed natural ones. So you can have the nails you want!
Before modeling, a manicure must be done thoroughly. This is partly true. Yes, a manicure is done before building, but not a classic "cut", but a mini-manicure. The cuticle is simply pushed back and the nail polish is removed with a file. If the master talks about the need to make you a trim manicure, then perhaps he simply does not have enough experience. During a manicure, especially a classic one, the nails slightly change their shape, becoming flatter. Over time, they take on their original form. All this can negatively affect the results of modeling, and the artificial coating will not adhere well to natural nails. In addition, even the most experienced craftsman can accidentally hit the cuticle with a file. If this happens, filing artificial nails will become not only extremely painful, but also dangerous procedure. A classic manicure is recommended to be done 2-3 days before modeling. Then your nails will really look perfect!
The quality of the modeling materials does not matter. Quite the opposite, this is the most important thing. Nails are made from different materials and are worn in completely different ways. Cheap ones, unfortunately, do not have such plasticity and comfort to wear as expensive ones, moreover, they can even damage the nail surface. For example, older generation acrylics are too hard and therefore difficult to process. Such acrylic nails do not wear well, break and flake off, and very often together with natural ones. In addition, these colors of these materials do not differ in color stability, they often just turn yellow. As for gel nails, the difference is even more significant. So do not spare money for beauty and health.
Modeling makes natural nails weak and brittle. Nails are spoiled not by materials, but by illiterate work. The main reasons for thinning nails are their illiterate correction, improper preparation for this procedure. The use of cheap material can also cause it. It is difficult to process, does not have the proper flexibility, and therefore the nails made from them are thick. Constant pressure on the nail plate leads to a reduction in the production of cells that form the thickness of the natural nail. Therefore, after a while, they become weak and thin. It is best to choose a salon in which good craftsmen work on quality materials.
Artificial nails break quickly. In fact, extended nails are very strong and very difficult to break, provided, of course, quality materials and a good master. Exceptions: excessive sweating of the hands, pregnancy, taking hormonal drugs (including contraceptives). So if the material began to flake off, crumble or not stick at all, look for a problem in the master or in your health.
Acrylic and gel modeling are incompatible. This combination can only be performed by an experienced craftsman. And the materials, of course, must be of a high level. Good quality drugs go well with each other. Acrylic correction performed on gel or vice versa will last as long as a regular one. If, in the process of wearing nails, you realized that this technology is not very suitable for you, you can easily switch to another without negative consequences.
Nail modeling is a very expensive procedure. You cannot save on beauty and health. But nail modeling is not only convenient, but also economical. See for yourself, artificial nails save your time, nerves and strength. Visiting a beauty salon a little more than 1 time a month, you will completely forget about manicure. After all, the varnish on such nails lasts much longer and can even "wait" for the next correction. And if you do not have the required amount, and you really want to get perfect nails, there is a way out. There are educational schools in almost every city where manicure and pedicure masters are trained. There you can do the simulation at a very low cost. Unfortunately, not all of them are of the same level. There are also centers in which you just waste your time - poorly made nails will last no longer than a couple of days. So try to inquire about the chosen training center in advance.
Dust from washed down gel or acrylic nails causes allergies. Any dust can cause allergies. Of course, the masters in the salons work in masks, because they have to serve at least 3-4 clients a day. But since you come to the procedure every 3 weeks, you should not be afraid at all. Moreover, the dust from washed down artificial nails is no more harmful than from natural ones. And even, on the contrary, with a regular manicure, the probability of getting an allergy is much higher. So if you prefer modeling, there is nothing to worry about allergies.