10 Nail Myths:
10 Nail Myths to STOP Believing In
Recently, I was browsing through a Nails Magazine and came across a section that I believe I should share with all my clients. Because the magazine is aimed towards nail technicians and salon owners, few consumers actually learn the truth about some of these myths and “old wives tales”. So here I am, broadening your knowledge on the important stuff below and exposing these myths for what they are!
1. Myth: Eating gelatin will strengthen weak nails. While it’s true that nails are made of a protein called keratin and that gelatin too is a protein, there’s never been any scientific proof that gelatin does anything to strengthen nails. By the same token, despite the fact that there are traces of calcium in the nail, downing more milk or other calcium-
2. Myth: Enhancements should be soaked off every so often to “give nails a break.” As long as your nail technician is using high-
3. Myth: Avoid nail products that have chemicals in them. This would be literally impossible to do, because virtually everything you see and touch is a chemical (even purified water). There is no such thing as a “chemical-
4. Myth: Enhancements ruin natural nails. Today’s nail products are dramatically advanced and don’t require your nail technician to damage your natural nails during application or removal. If you experience pain, discomfort, or thinned or damaged nails, then you need to discuss this with your nail technician to ascertain the reason. Also, don’t pick, chew, or mistreat your enhancements, because that could lead to natural nail damage.
5. Myth: Store nail polish in the fridge to make it last longer. If you constantly remove the polish from the fridge, use it, and put it back, it makes no difference to the polish’s shelf life. However, it is true that if you leave polish in the fridge for at least a few weeks at a time it will slow the over-
6. Myth: That green stuff on some people’s nails is mould. Mould is not a normal nail pathogen. It very rarely can appear on nails, but it will appear brown or black, not green. The vast majority of nail infections are actually caused by bacteria, including pseudomonas, that show up as green discolouration of the nail. If you get a “greenie” then you should return to your nail technician immediately for further consultation. Under no circumstances leave the nail in the hope that it will get better on its own – it won´t.
7. Myth: Plunging wet nails into ice water will make them dry faster. Your nail technician doesn’t do this for you in the salon because it wouldn’t work. To get polish to dry requires the evaporation of solvents. This is why your technician puts you in front of a warm fan.
8. Myth: Never file back-
9. Myth: Cutting cuticles is good for nail health. What you’re calling “cuticle” is actually the “eponychium” (cuticle is the dead skin that’s on the nail plate, whereas the eponychium is living skin). Cutting eponychium isn’t recommended, because too often the living skin that protects the matrix is cut and infections occur. Plus, over time cutting eponychium can lead to thickened scar-
10. Myth: I should bring my own implements to a salon to keep myself from contracting an infection. Let’s face it; the environment in your handbag (where you’re probably storing your nail implements) is much less sanitary than the environment of a nail salon that complies with strict health and safety rules and regulations for salon sanitation. Instead of bringing your own implements (which your nail technician would be required to disinfect herself before using, wasting your valuable time), ask the technician questions about her sanitation practices. If you feel uncomfortable about the salon’s cleanliness, then leave without getting a service.