FAQs


How Does the Gel Nail Manicure Work?
What is Shellac?
Who is Shellac best suited for?
How is Shellac different from the traditional polish manicure?
How is a Shellac service different from traditional nail enhancements (fake nails)?
Can you apply Shellac at home?
Have you heard rumors that UV lamps are unsafe — that they may even cause cancer?
What are eyelash extensions?

How Does the Gel Nail Manicure Work?

Just like in a regular manicure, cuticles are pushed back and nails are filed. Nails are also buffed, so the gel adheres more strongly. Next a coat of gel “polish” is applied to each nail, with 30 seconds of drying time under a UV Light in between. A second coat is applied and then allowed to dry again for 30 seconds.

At the end of the gel nail manicure, your nails are truly dry. There is no 10 minutes waiting time under the dryer. You just walk out the salon without worrying about messing up your polish.
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What is Shellac?

Shellac is the brand name for a new, patent pending nail product created by Creative Nail Design. It is a hybrid, meaning half nail polish, half gel.

The product is thin and strong enough to be applied similarly to nail polish, but it is cured in a way that gives it great flexibility and durability. It also has the incredible shine associated only with gel nails.
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Who is Shellac best suited for?

Shellac is for people who want to maintain natural nails. The formulation looks as good from day 1 to day 14, but does not appear to damage nail beds.
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How is Shellac different from the traditional polish manicure?

Typical nail polish dries by evaporation, which means your manicure is not cured until 2-3 hours after your service. Think about it – most of your manicure time is spent waiting for polish to dry.

But Shellac is cured by UV light, and within minutes. Your nails are completely dry by the time your manicure is over, and strong enough to withstand accidental knocks. It acts like a plasticized coating, suitable as a long lasting polish.
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How is a Shellac service different from traditional nail enhancements (fake nails)?

Drills are never used or needed with Shellac, and removal does not leave nails dry, thin, possibly torn.
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Can you apply Shellac at home?

No, Shellac can only be applied by a licensed, trained manicurist. Improper tools or techniques will give a less than desirable result with Shellac.
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Have you heard rumors that UV lamps are unsafe — that they may even cause cancer?

The report also inaccurately compared UV tanning beds with UV nail lamps. These nail industry scientists — Doug Schoon (CND), Paul Bryson (OPI), and Jim McConnell (Light Elegance) — were surprised by the claims.

To verify the facts, they tested the leading UV nail lamps to determine how much UV-A and UV-B they emit and then compared that to natural sunlight. They concluded that the dermatologists’ report, “Occurrence of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers on the Hands After UV Nail Light Exposure,” overestimated the exposure of client skin to UV light emitted from UV nail lamps and improperly characterized the effect of these lamps on the hand. In fact, they noted, clients’ hands are likely to be exposed to more UV light while driving their cars than they will receive from UV gel nail services.

The UV nail lamps selected for testing are likely representative of more than 90% of the UV nail lamps used in salons. Two different UV nail lamps were submitted to Lighting Science, a completely independent scientific testing laboratory. Highly sensitive UV detectors were placed where client hands would normally reside while inside a UV nail lamp.

These detectors measured the amount of UV-A and UV-B light emitted from each lamp. To ensure a proper comparison, Lighting Science also used the same test equipment to measure the UV-A and UV-B light found in natural sunlight. Testing by Lighting Sciences produced the following information:

• 1. UV-B output for both UV nail lamps was less than what was found in natural sunlight. The bulbs used in UV nail lamps contain special internal filters that remove almost all UV-B, so this result is not surprising. The test results show that the amount of UV-B to which client skin is exposed is equal to what they could expect from spending an extra 17 to 26 seconds in sunlight each day of the two weeks between nail salon appointments.

• 2. UV-A exposure is much lower than suggested in the dermatologists’ report. Test results show that UV-A exposure for client skin is equivalent to spending an extra 1.5 to 2.7 minutes in sunlight each day between salon visits, depending on the type of UV nail lamp used. A nail lamp with two UV bulbs corresponds to 1.5 minutes and a nail lamp with four UV bulbs corresponds to about 2.7 minutes each day between salon visits.

“Our testing shows that UV nail lamps emit relatively low levels of UV light and these exposure levels are considered well within safe levels when they are used to perform UV artificial nail services in nail salons,” write Schoon, Bryson, and McConnell. The report by the Texas dermatologists, they say, has a faulty conclusion because it is based on incorrect assumptions. For those clients who still express anxiety, a nail technician can consider doing the following: > Place a small piece of white cloth over the hands when placing them in the UV nail lamp.

If a client insists on wearing sunscreen, she should still be asked to wash her hands before any salon service begins. In this case, the nail technician should take special care to ensure nail plates are properly cleansed and dehydrated in order to prevent service breakdown.
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What are eyelash extensions?

Like hair extensions, eyelash extensions add length, thickness and fullness to natural eyelashes. Synthetic single fiber polyester thread-like materials are applied to individual eyelashes to create a fuller, longer look. Eyelash Extensions are not traditional false eyelashes. Single synthetic strands of eyelashes are applied ONE by ONE directly to your individual eyelashes by a certified Xtreme Lashes® Eyelash Extensions Stylist for a NATURAL look and feel.

The adhesive used is surgical-grade. This type of eyelash enhancement is not the same as department store strip lashes. Extensions come in various lengths, colors and thicknesses, and can be worn during sleep, showering and swimming. Eyelash Extensions differ from "fake" or "false" eyelashes in that they are applied one extension to one lash.

The procedure to attach the extensions takes an average of one and a half to two hours for a full set of extensions of roughly 30-80 lashes per eye. With routine touchups every 2 to 4 weeks, you can have amazing eyelashes indefinitely.
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Do You Know...?

• Manicures began 5000 years ago.

• French manicures may have originated in eighteenth-century Paris and were popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

• Ancient Egyptians colored their nails deep red to show the highest social class.

 

 

 

 

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