FAQ's for Nails by Karen Brandon

FAQ’s – This is the section you need to be looking in if perhaps you have a question that you are unable to find an answer to anywhere else on this website. As and when any queries come to my attention, I will update this list to try and ensure that all your questions are answered as fully as possible.

Q. I swim 2-3 times a week, in a chlorine pool, will this damage the gel?

A. If the pool is highly chlorinated, then there is some chance of the gel becoming soft or discoloured, as chlorine is a very strong chemical. My advice would be to apply Top Coat to your nails prior to your swim, to seal and protect the gel. After swimming, always remember to wash your hands in warm, soapy water to remove any chlorine residue

Q. What are the main advantages of artificial nail applications?

A. For people with a tendency towards nail-biting or picking, artificial nail applications are a great way of encouraging you to stop. Firstly, because you are less likely to damage something you have invested time and money in, secondly because for the first time in a long time, you will have beautiful hands

Q. Will my natural nails continue to grow under the enhancement or overlay?

A. Yes. Providing you return for regular maintenence, ideally every 2 weeks, and given that the correct homecare advice is being followed

Q. I have very weak nails, that have a tendency to be flakey – what is the best treatment for me?

A. This is a very common problem. Nails can lose the natural adhesive that holds the layers of the nail together, leading to the nail layers peeling and the nail becoming thin and weak. The nail can break and peel until there is no free edge. The nail is also very absorbent and too much water can also lead to splitting and peeling. It is important for the healthy condition of the nail, that the layers are kept sealed. The slightest break in the bond between the layers (either by knocking the nail, using the nail as a tool or washing hands in cleaning chemicals) can lead to layer separation.

Without attention, this situation can turn into a vicious circle of water seepage, layer separation and top layer peeling. My Recommendation: Firstly, a professional manicure with some conditioning treatments, and then for excellent protection I would suggest a Bio Sculpture Gel Overlay, followed by fortnightly maintenance. And, of course, the daily use of Cuticle Oil, such as Creative Nail Design’s Solar Oil to moisturise and nourish the nails and cuticle

Q. I have lovely long nails and one has just split. I don’t want to have to cut them all down – what can I do?

A. If the nail is still intact, with just a split in it, then I can do a single nail repair. A silk wrap of your nail is the most natural looking, and just as strong as the real thing. If you have lost your nail then I would recommend a tip with an overlay, in either acrylic or gel

Q. UV lamps are used to cure gel on nails – so will my skin tan when exposed to the UV rays from a nail lamp?

A. The use of UV light when curing gel on hands or feet is not hazardous and will not cause skin cancer. There are three types of UV rays: UVA, UVB and UVC – UVB being the type most likely to be harmful. Nail lamps use only UVA light which does not tan or harm the skin

Q. What can I do to prolong the life of my Fake Bake tan?

A. Your Fake Bake tan can last anywhere from 7-10 days depending on your daily beauty regime and the products you use. The key things to remember are:

  • a) On the day of your tan DO NOT wear any make-up, perfume, deodorant etc as they can all act as a barrier stopping your Fake Bake tan from working properly
  • b) Prior to tanning exfoliate using Fake Bake Body Polish
  • c) After your tan wear loose clothing, avoid water contact on your skin, allow the tan to develop for 6-8 hours before showering (best overnight) and then;
  • d) moisturise, moisturise, moisturise – After showering either spritz yourself with Fake Bake Skin Smoothie Oil or use Fake Bake Tan Enhancing Lotion but beware these products have been specially formulated to work with Fake Bake self-tans. Other moisturisers may react with your tan as the Alkalines in them strip colour, leaving your skin patchy