Testimonials

  • Mysti (Phoenix, AZ)

    Want nails done right and done with precision? Go to this wonderful woman! She is talented beyond belief. How many people can say that not only are they a nail tech, but an artist. She made a color so perfect to match an evening gown for a pageant I was in. I love her work and would tell ANYONE that needs their hands done to go to her.. You will get so much attention for how SPECTACULAR your hands...

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  • Angela (Queen Creek, AZ)

    Yet another WONDERFUL backfill from Sheera at Addicted to Nails. Everywhere I go people stop me and rave and rave about my nails. No matter what Sheera does, they are kick butt! Even if I am not feeling creative, Sheera has ideas that are perfect! I have never had the same nails twice, not sure how she does it, but she does!! Thanks again Sheera! BTW, the chats with her alone are worth the service! She is so real, and caring and full of fantastic...

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  • Milynn (Tempe, AZ)

    I doubt that there is a single person out there who would rate Addicted to Nails anything less than a five, and I know that all of her current clients really wish there was the option for six stars because Sheera is just THAT phenomenal! The work that she does is not only fun, unique and eye-catching, but it’s done with quality products and unparalleled skill! I have been a client of Sheera’s for close to six years now, and I have NEVER been disappointed! She has educated me on...

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  • JP (Tempe, AZ)

    When I first started getting my nails done it was by annoying asians, then my best friend introduced me to Addicted to Nails, needless to say I have never seen someone with such mastery on sculpting, and artistic design as I have seen and had done myself. Sheera is not one of those people that just does your nails half way, she makes sure that they are just what you...

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Gel vs. Acrylic

Currently there is a plethora of options for nail enhancements, with acrylic and gel nails as two of the most popular for beautiful fingers and toes. Enhancements are used to lengthen and cosmetically change the appearance of the natural nail.

A talented nail technician can lengthen your nails using either gel or acrylic in one of two ways – by using a sticker like form or gluing a plastic tip to the free edge of your nail. As your nail then lengthened, your technician would then apply the gel or acrylic product. Acrylic nails actually came about from the dental industry around the 1970s and had such a lasting impression on the fashion industry that they had become quite the rage. Acrylic nails are made up components, liquid monomer and powder polymer. When combined, the chemicals create a polymerization called acrylic.

So how are gel and acrylic nails different? Technically, both authentic gels and acrylic nails are created with the same methacrylates; the real difference is how the two are applied and how the product wears. A true authentic gel comes from a single jar and can vary in viscosity but usually has a sticky, honey-like consistency. Gel should be applied in thin layers and cured under an ultraviolet light. Gels are a fabulous option for those who people who prefer a durable yet light weight and natural-looking enhancement. Please note that if you choose to patronize a discount salon and they are using a “powdered gel” you are being scammed and are actually wearing an acrylic product.

However, what you should be aware of when you see discount salons offering attention grabbing, extremely low-priced services (for example, $13-18 for a fill), is that they can charge such low prices because they are using sub-standard products. There are two types of monomer, ethyl and methyl acrylate. If you have ever notice and unusually powerful, noxious odor that can leave you coughing, sneezing, eyes watering or with a headache, there may be a chance that the salon is using cheap liquid monomer called methyl methacrylate (MMA) which has been banned by the FDA and has been known to cause serious and permanent nail damage and severe allergic reactions. These salons choose to use MMA based products knowing the ramifications because they can charge 1/6th of the price of an Ethyl Methacrylate (EMA) based liquid monomer passing the so-called savings on to their customers.

If you have an education nail technician, they should have the ability to elaborate on the particular product lines they utilize and what each product is best used for. Gel and acrylic applications are relatively safe as long as your technician is using good preparation and application techniques, as well as the correct liquid to powder ratio. Your time is valuable and you want to be sure to wear your enhanced nails with confidence , so setting an appointment and consulting a licensed professional nail technician about lifestyle, medications and personal preferences will further determine what enhancement is best for you.

(Published in November 2007 in Perfectify Magazine)