acrylic nails, also known as fake nails, offer all kinds of art possibilities, not an option with shellac or regular manicures, says bridget ferguson, professor and academic coordinator of the esthetics and spa management program at loyalist college in belleville, ontario.
ferguson, who along with teaching, also develops the program curriculum for the college’s college spa, unwind , says that if you’re looking for the kind of creative runway nail sculptures and art, acrylic is the product to use.
celebrities are all over the trend, too, like pop queen rihanna with bold yellow smiley face acrylics and tennis star serena williams who likes orange acrylics painted with lightning bolts and lip kisses while she’s on the court, according to hello magazine .
a 2020 review of nail health in women published in the international journal of women’s dermatology noted that acrylic nails can reduce the normal and healthy evaporation of water from the nail. so even if the hard seal isn’t damaged, the nail and nail bed can become excessively hydrated, making the nail bed more likely to separate from the nail plate itself (where you attach your extensions), and increasing the vulnerability to infection.
according to healthline , the best way to avoid an infection is to have the nails put on at a reputable salon with safe hygiene protocols, dry nails thoroughly after they get wet, and avoid putting sharp objects under your nails.
some people can also have a reaction to the acrylic mixture used for the nail application, which is made from acrylates. known for their resistance to breakage, acrylates can also be found in adhesives, caulking products, dental materials for denture repair and soft contact lenses, according to the encyclopedia of environmental health . still, health canada reports the risk to human health from exposure to these substances is considered to be low.
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