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Author:  Moon [ Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Acrylic nails

I have looked for information about this on the forum and on Google, but have come up at a bit of a loss.

I have just started another job and would like to start getting my nails done again. I have super thin, flexible, breakable nails and they're not worth making pretty without some sort of nail treatment. Back in the day I had acrylic nails done regularly and they were a good solution as long as I got them filled regularly. So the question is, what is the vegan/cruelty free status of acrylic nails? Do I need to find a salon that uses a particular line? Anything else I need to keep in mind?

The salon I am hoping to use carries OPI mostly, and their polishes are ok outside of parent company concerns, right?

Really sorry if there's a thread this should have been posted in already but I could find one.

Author:  aiee [ Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Acrylic nails

I'm not sure about acrylics, but it seems like a lot of the new gel nails (but not all) are vegan. I tried them and they lasted for a month with no problems - no chipping, no breaks (you have to do a new layer of top coat one a week). If you get them with a gradient, the grow out isn't noticeable. My nails, which are usually strong, were really crappy for about 3 months after I removed them, so you are committing to getting it redone month after month if you don't want to deal with breaking nails.

Author:  baps [ Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Acrylic nails

I would imagine most acrylics are vegan, but if you want to know for definite that your brand is cruelty free look for a tech that uses Nubar, CND or NSI. I am sure there are others but these are the only ones I know for sure.

The main thing to keep in mind is to find a really good tech. Don't go to a nail bar where they will wreck your nails by over-filing them to crepe and will apply crappy, too thick, yellowy nails. Don't get me wrong, they'll be hard as rock, but they will not be good for your nail health.

Also, don't ever pick them off, you can do some serious damage. Make sure you go back to your tech to remove them and that they do this correctly by soaking them off in acetone and not chipping them off!

OPI are technically cruelty free and have leaping bunny (and they're vegan) but as you say, they're owned by Coty so it's up to you on that one if you're happy to use them or not.

ETA: Sorry I made it sound like all nail bars are bad - they're not. Some are great. But do some research and make sure you find a good one.

Author:  GraciaKai [ Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Acrylic nails

I haven't had acrylic nails since I was a teenager so I never really looked into it before. But after doing some searching online I didn't find much of anything either in reference to products being vegan friendly. The majority of info on the internet seems to be focused on the harsh chemicals that come with fake nails. Acrylics are strong in this area and Gel applications are supposed to be better but there seems to be an issue with the strong UV lights needed to dry them and skin cancer.

There is an Organic all natural nail salon in Philadelphia and after taking quick look at their menu it doesn't seem like they do any fake nail applications at all. Which kind of tells me that there aren't any safe ways of doing them.

If you do a search for organic nail salons in your area and come up with anything give them a call and see what they say. Can't hurt!

Author:  baps [ Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Acrylic nails

OK to address the above, the chemicals in gel and acrylic are exactly the same. They are both acrylic, it's just one is in liquid and powder form and one is gel based and requires curing under UV light.

The skin cancer thing is also fairly ridiculous scaremongering from the newspapers. The UV levels are so low in the nail lamps and your hand is in there usually for 8 minutes in total - 10 maybe if you have nail art or more than 1 colour. You'd need to be exposed far more than you ever would from a fortnightly manicure for it to be dangerous.

If you're interested in reading more, Doug Schoon is one of, if not the nail industry's top scientist and this is from his site. ... 2-2013.pdf

Nail enhancements do not ruin your nails. Bad techs and bad products do.

Author:  mrsbadmouth [ Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Acrylic nails

baps wrote:
fortnightly manicure


Author:  Moon [ Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Acrylic nails

Thanks for the help, guys! Much appreciated.

Back in the day I would try to get my nails filled every three weeks with my friend who had lovely, strong nails with wide nail beds, but it became pretty clear pretty quickly that I needed it done every two weeks. They would start peeling off like crazy and I couldn't help but pick at them, and that sure was a hot mess. I've learned that lesson, since I peeled off so much actual nail. Ick ick ick!

I've wondered if a different treatment would allow me to go longer between visits but with my nails I'm thinking I shouldn't even try it and will be doomed to biweekly manicures no matter which route I go.

Author:  baps [ Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Acrylic nails

Well acrylic (liquid & powder) are the strongest nail enhancements. But you can go longer than 2 weeks with any enhancements - it all depends on how quick your nails grow and how well you take care of them. Eg, gel polish usually lasts 1.5 - 2 weeks on me but I'm quite hard on my nails. (edit: I think that's pretty good considering regular polish is chipped in less than 24hrs normally on me. And the gel polish definitely helps stop my nails peeling and breaking, they were never this long ever with regular polish.)

I sometimes used to go 5 weeks between acrylics but they looked disgusting at that point and they were lifting (bad, because bacteria can get in) and the longer they get the more I caught them on stuff. Including a very painful incident where I almost ripped off my nail in a drawer. OWwweee.

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