All About Nail Extensions | FAQ

Hey babes! Today I’m bringing back the nail posts because I realised when it comes down to it, there’s a lot of stuff that’s unknown to a lot of people! I’ve compiled a list of stuff I’ve learnt over the years to share with you all, answering some questions you might have!


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They can grow out, but they can’t breathe…they’re dead.

That sounds WAAAY more brutal than it is, I promise.

I’m surprised that this isn’t as well known as I thought it’d be, but to this day I always hear “I’m going to let my nails breathe” and I just think “but they’re dead…”.

Basically, your nails are made from a keratin which is made up of dead cells, just like your hair!


No, bad removal and bad products damage your nails.

So I know you’re thinking “if bad products cause damage then the nails do cause damage” and you’re right.
As I mentioned in my previous nail post, there’s EMA & MMA, EMA is for your nails and MMA is for teeth…yep, it’s dental acrylic. Anyway, EMA is formulated so it won’t damage your nails, even though it feels (because it is) completely adhered to your nails!

So how does removal come into this? Well, MMA is incredibly tricky to remove and it takes forever, so if a salon uses it a lot of the time they’ll find ways to remove it without soaking…which is usually by using a tip to remove the nail or things like string, which then damages your natural nail bed.

This also makes no difference whether you’re at a salon or at home, if you try to pop those nails off instead of soaking, you’re gonna have a bad time! (I actually once pulled my natural nail off by doing it, it was gross).


This one I’m going to kind of leave open as I’m definitely not a doctor and I also wouldn’t know the history of a clients contact with UV rays!

I believe (so this is an opinion, no one yell at me, ok?) that this would depend on the client’s history of being in the UV rays, a lamp ray is usually around 18-36 watts depending on the brand, so if you never go outside but only get your nails done once a year you’ll be probably fine but that’s pretty unlikely.

A lot of times nail techs in walk-in salons put your nails under those lights when it’s not even necessary, so unless you’re getting gel polish or gel nails, keep those nails out and you should be at a lot less risk!

So, my answer to this is probably not, however, I’m not 100% so this one is still a mystery!


When you have discomfort after the nail has been applied it’s usually because the nails application was incorrect, when an acrylic bead is too wet it doesn’t dry completely and when it finally does, the discomfort/tightening happens! So no, it’s not normal but it’s nothing to worry about too much! However, if it’s more pain than discomfort, have the nail removed immediately!


Now this is another one which is going to ruffle feathers, but my answer is no, and here’s why:

Dip powder is a finely milled acrylic powder which is applied with resin (nail glue) and made to work better on shorter nails, so when you apply it you’re not going to have much of an apex, if any apex (I’ll get to that soon). If you’re wanting an overlay or a short nail this is ideal for you, however here’s where my actual problem is…

You can’t disinfect a powder.

Unless your tech is super fast and can use a tool to apply the powder, they’ll be dipping it in the powder. The issue here is that it’s going to be used and then put on another client. Most (hopefully all) of the time a tech won’t work on a client who has an infection in their nail, but there’s also the risk of people with open wounds/tiny cuts having the products used on them and potentially contaminating the product with a virus of some sort.

As I said, it’s unlikely but it’s a reason I won’t even consider dip powder because it’s just too risky.


A lot of the time when someone asks this it’s about the apex, so I’ll start with that first.

An apex is a ridge in the back third of the nail, kind of giving a really slight bowed look to the top of the nail, this is here so that the nail has a strength and is less likely to break if it comes under stress.

The very back of the nail (the cuticle area) should be flush with the natural nail, without any ‘lip’ to it, this can cause lifting so it’s something that’s important. The tip of the nail should be the width of a credit card, I’m not actually sure why but hey, it’s a thing!


Much to a lot of clients disbelief, we do prefer if you say what you’re unhappy about with your service! The last thing we want is for you to be unhappy with the end product.

What I don’t recommend doing is walking out without paying, refusing to pay or going home and complaining online about a quick fix if it was mentioned.

Of course, I’ve heard of techs not liking criticism, and if you experience that I recommend you avoid going there again and finding a tech who wants to make you happy!


This depends on A LOT of things! Here are the main ones!

  • Product cost
  • Self-employment
  • Design
  • Length
  • Location
  • Polish Type



I highly recommend knowing what you want in your set before you go into the salon, this is a huge time saver and also a bit of a money saver if you’re easily led by pretty things (like me!).

First thing is knowing your abilities with your nails. If you have a job where you need to have short nails because you work hands-on with people, then you’re best to stick with short nails, if you’ve got a desk job and can type easily with a long set of nails you could get a long set! If you’re unsure, start shorter and work your way up to longer lengths and you’ll get used to it!

Secondly, use google and Pinterest to look at designs! they’ve got a huge array of designs and you’ll get some great inspiration! I’ve got a board on Pinterest here where you can see the ones I’ve pinned!


I hope this has helped you guys! If you’ve got any more questions please feel free to comment below!

All my love,


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