Common Questions & FAQ


I want acrylic nails are they right for me?

Acrylic nails can be done to fit most lifestyles. I won’t do acrylic nails on anyone under the age of 18 unless they have a parent come speak with me first. Nails are a commitment! They have to be maintained every two-three weeks. The cost per month for acrylic nails can  average $80, maybe more. 

How do I choose a nail technician?

The best way is word of mouth. If you have friends, family, co-workers that  get their nails done and you like the way they look ask who does them.  Women who get their nails done are proud of them and are more then willing to share the name of their nail tech. In most states you are required by law to be licensed, you should make sure the nail tech you  are considering is licensed.

I got a referral, now what?

Call and speak with the nail technician. While speaking with them tell them  that your friend/co-worker referred them to you. Make sure to mention what  services you're interested in, any past issues with your nails and any concerns. I offer a wide variety of services to accommodate even the toughest clients. If you are unsure make an appointment for a manicure to meet face to face and discuss the options.

What is Shellac?

Shellac is a brand of gel polish by Creative Nail Designs. (CND) There are many other similar products that are considered gel polishes. Gel polish is  cured under a UV or LED light. Once cured the product is "dry." I personally like using the Hand and Nail Harmony brand of gel polish called Gelish. Gel polish can be used on all types of nails including  acrylic nail enhancements.

What are dip nails?

Dip manicures are a natural nail service that uses colored acrylic powder and resin. Dip nail powders DO NOT contain vitamins or minerals that strengthen your nails. Like gel manicures, the product should be soaked off and reapplied at each appointment. In Oregon it is ILLEGAL to dip the finger into the acrylic powder jar, so to avoid contamination I use a gel base coat and pour the acrylic onto the uncured base coat, then cure. This completely eliminates the cross contamination caused by dipping fingers into product. 

What are "Solar Nails?"

**Solar was a brand of acrylic by Creative Nail Designs. (CND) This acrylic tends to  have a higher cost at discount salons, because it is a name brand. What  makes solar different is that it won't yellow when exposed to UV light, such as tanning beds or sun. There are many products out there that have  this same ability. I use Premium Nail Concepts monomer (liquid) and  powders that also are considered non-yellowing. A good tell tail sign  that the product being used is considered non-yellowing is if the monomer (liquid) is a purple color. If there is ever a question or concern, always ask the person performing the service. **Solar is no longer available. CND has discontinued this product.


Why should I pay more?

This is a great question and many women ask me this. So here is my answer:  Discount shops are just that discounted. There is always a reason they charge so little. What corners are they cutting to charge you such a small amount?  Just remember this saying “you get what you pay for.” You pay $25 for a full set don’t think your nails will look the same as  someone who paid twice that.  Also understand that are some untalented nail techs out there no matter what you pay. However, if you are unhappy with the end result you need to bring up your concerns with the nail tech, if they want to keep you as a client then they will try their best to make you happy. If you were my client I’d want to make you happy.


What products do nail technicians use?

There are many products out there that we use. A lot of it is personal  preferences and needs of the client. If you have a question about what a nail tech is using on you ask, they should have no problem telling you what it does and what brand it is.  There is a product out there called MMA or Methyl Methacrylate. In 1974 the American Food and Drug  Administration (FDA) declared it to be a poisonous and deleterious (harmful) substance when used on fingernails. This product tends to be used in discount shops, that’s why it’s important to ask questions if  you have any concerns.


Nail biter services

There are many out there who bite their nails; I used to be a nail biter. Doing this can cause permanent damage to the nail. I have perfected a method to allow nail biter to have wonderful looking nails again. I use acrylic to create a natural looking nail. Because the acrylic is very hard it’s difficult for someone to bite off. With the acrylic protecting  the natural nail, it gives the nail an opportunity to grow and the nail biter will be able to break the habit of biting. Consultation required

Acrylic nails with Swarovski crystals

Acrylic nails with Swarovski crystals 

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