Whether you’re a salon regular or you couldn’t care less about your claws, you are sure to have heard some myths about nails. Considering they are such a small part of our bodies, it is hard to believe some of the nail myths.
Our nails are important to our health, they can protect our fingers and can improve the look of our hands. As there are a lot of myths about nail care it is important for you to know the truth and the facts.
- Cutting Your Cuticles Is Harmless
Most of us don’t think twice before pushing back our cuticles or allowing a technician to cut them. Although we may not like their appearance, keeping our cuticles in tact is actually crucial to keeping our nails healthy.
Cuticles are part of your skin and are there to keep bacteria out and prevent infections. When you trim them away, you open up your skin and risk infection or nail problems instead of getting rid of your cuticles, moisturizing as much as possible in order to keep them soft. You wouldn’t want to take away your nail’s natural barrier against bacteria, fungal infections, and yeast.
2. Green Spots On Your Nails Are Fungi Or Mold
When it comes to assuming you’re going to need your finger amputated over a horrid green spot making itself at home on your nail, well, I’ve been there and done that. Contrary to popular belief, these green spots are not usually mold. Instead, the spots might be “pseudomonas,” a household bacteria that can form under your nail enhancement.
When bacteria become trapped between the nail plate and your artificial enhancements, this oxygen-free environment can cause pseudomonas to thrive. This pesky blemish may not be pleasing to the eye, but you can rest assured knowing that it’s a bacterial, and not a fungal, infection. Keep in mind that nail technicians cannot treat green spots, and you should visit a doctor for curing the infection.
3. UV Gels Are Better Than Acrylics
No matter how much anyone tells you that UV gels are much better than acrylics, it’s just not true. Both processes involve chemicals and complex processes to bond to the natural nail. Aside from breathing in the toxins, our skin and nails absorb what we put on them. Acrylics can cause more damage to the nail bed, leading to risks of infection, white spots, and rigid nails. But gels are no better. Setting them under UV lights opens skin up to risks that stem from this exposure, and soaking them in harsh chemicals can damage nail beds and cuticles.
4. White Spots Indicate Vitamin Deficiency
Perhaps one of the most common nail myths I’ve heard is that white spots on nails are signs of a calcium deficiency. More often than not, white marks are actually the result of nail trauma. I see a lot of women that have white spots caused by a bad gel or acrylic manicure, or their nails have been destroyed in the removal process. Picking, biting, using nail tools improperly, or any other injury to the nail causes these white spots. To avoid such marks, take extra care with your nails, especially after a rough manicure.
5. Nails Need To “Breathe”
As a salon regular, I’ve heard this phrase repeated oh so many times. While a break between enhancements is never a bad idea, your nails don’t actually need to “breathe” oxygen. “Nails get nutrients from our bloodstream and not the actual air. Still, you can stand to give them time to grow and rehydrate if you’re looking to repair damage caused by artificial claws.
- Cold Water Dries Polish Faster
If I had a nickel for every time I ruined a fresh manicure within the first five minutes, I’d be a millionaire. Rumor has it that plunging your nails into ice water will dry your polish faster. If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Getting polish to dry requires evaporation of solvents, which can’t happen when your nails are submerged in water. The ice water may only harden the top layer of your polish, which will leave the underlying layers wet and prone to dents. Besides, if the ice water trick truly worked, wouldn’t they do it in salons?
- Eating Gelatin Strengthens Nails
Nails are made of the protein keratin, which may explain the misconception that eating gelatin, another type of protein, will strengthen them. However, there is no scientific proof to back up this claim. The same goes for applying topical gelatin to nails. To improve weak nails, taking a break from harsh chemicals and enhancements, and consuming balanced diet instead will definitely work.
- Nail Enhancements Damage Natural Nails
Your artificial enhancements themselves are not necessarily the sole cause of nail damage. It is true that the chemicals involved with enhancements take their toll on nail and cuticle health. However, the technique used to apply and remove them is at the root of the problem.
“If you go to someone who does not know what they are doing, or rushes through your services, or uses dirty tools or improper technique, then you are really in trouble. Rather than the cosmetic itself, improper and excessive filing, drilling, and soaking during application or removal process can harm our nails.
9. Adding Acetone To Clumpy Nail Polish Will Refresh It
You may have heard that adding remover to your old nail polish will revive it if it has become yucky and old. Well, guess again! Most removers contain acetone, which only ruins the formula of your polish. Nail polish thinner is the way to go to restore your lacquer back to its glory days. A thinner will evaporate the chemicals in your polish without breaking down the formula like acetone.
- Storing Polish In The Fridge Makes It Last Longer
There’s no need to crowd your refrigerator with your polish collection, because this trick won’t help you over time. The cooler temperature may prolong the shelf life of your polishes, but exposing them to extreme temperature changes may harm the formulation. Your polish eventually won’t apply smoothly when it’s going from the chill zone, to room temp, and back over again. Storing your polish tightly secured at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, is best.
11. Technicians Should Soak Your Nails Before A Manicure
When it comes to getting your nails done professionally, soaking before a manicure is a complete no no. Soaking will soften your nails, which you don’t want to do, so it’s best to go waterless. H2O can act as a breeding ground for bacteria, so skipping the pre-polish soak can also greatly reduce your risk for infection. As a bonus, this will help your polish last longer.
“Think of nails like a sponge. “When you soak them, they get waterlogged, so nail enamel can’t fully adhere. As your nails dry out, they pull polish, causing tiny fissures in the varnish that cause color to chip.” I think we can all agree that making our polish more prone to chipping is never the objective.
12.Any manicure cream can treat nail infections
Nail infections are a common problem. If you have a nail infection don’t use creams or ointments suggested by your friends or relatives as the wrong application might make it worse. Visit your doctor or dermatologist. Understand that it’s an infection and should be treated with a professional approach.