1. What's the difference between gels and acrylics?
Gels and acrylics are similar in that they can both be used to extend the length of the nails and make them stronger. One advantage of gels is that they are odorless like acrylic. Gels can also be applied over the natural nail or over artificial nail tips.

2. What is a "Pink and White" nail service?
"Pink and White" refers to the use of two colors of acrylic applied to the nails to produce a more permanent and natural-looking "French" manicure look. The tips of the nails are sculpted using white acrylic, and the base of the nail is then overlaid with warm or cool pink, depending on skin tone.

3. What is nail wrapping?
A nail wrap is a semi-permanent nail extension that is a thin layer of silk, linen or fiberglass or fabric, cut to size and glued onto the nail to add strength (and sometimes length). Wraps can be done on natural nails or as a tip overlay, which is the most common. Usually, one layer of fabric is applied and then one or more layers of glue are applied on top to provide strength.

4. What is the difference between gel and fiberglass?
Besides the way they are applied (fiberglass is easier and faster), the difference between gel and fiberglass is that gel is very shiny and natural looking but can't be soaked off in acetone. Fiberglass can be soaked off but has to be buffed to a high shine.

5. What is fungus? How common is it?
Fungus is actually fairly uncommon. Even doctors cannot be sure just by looking whether someone has it until they grow a culture, and this process can sometimes take weeks.

6. How can a nail fungus be detected?
It is not possible to detect a nail fungus before it happens. However, you can help prevent one from happening. If a nail fungus occurs, it will appear to be a white area under the nail, as if the natural nail is pulling away from the nail bed. Proper application and maintenance of the nail extension and using products like a nail antiseptic will help prevent a nail fungus.

7. Is nail fungus contagious?
Yes, nail fungus can be contagious. If it is not taken care of properly, it could spread to other fingers. The fungus could also spread to another person if an implement or nail file is used on a nail with a fungus and then used on that person.

8. What does nail fungus infection look like?
Nail fungus infection affects the color, condition, and shape of your nails. It can also affect how they feel, and may cause the nail to lift off the nail bed.

9. How can a pedicure keep my feet healthy?
Regular pedicures help keep feet looking pretty and help to prevent dry skin and calluses. Start with a 10 minute soak using a foot bath or soak. On wet skin, use a pumice or foot bar to wisk away dry skin and calluses. On dry skin, try a sloughing lotion or special foot file. Salt scrubs, pedicure masks, lotions, powders and cooling gels (a refreshing treatment) pamper the feet and condition the skin. Special antiseptics and antifungal foot sprays are available if treatment for fungus is necessary.

10. How should my toenails be trimmed?
Toenails should be trimmed and filed straight, and never too short. This will help to prevent ingrown toenails.

11. Can an electric filing machine be used on acrylic nails?
Yes, an electric filing machine is commonly referred to as a nail drill and can be used on acrylic nails. Nail drills are best used by a professional nail technician who has been properly trained to use them.

12. How long should a professional manicure last?
Artificial nail applications should be maintained approximately every two weeks. It is important to have regular fills. If the acrylic lifts away from the natural nail, moisture and bacteria can accumulate between them. A professional nail technician can spot problem areas better than someone with an untrained eye.

13. How often should I get a professional manicure?
This depends on your lifestyle and preference. If you prefer perfect-looking, medium to long nails every day, you'll need a professional manicure once a week. If you favor shorter length nails for an active lifestyle and you can do polish touch-ups at home, you may need a professional manicure only once every two weeks. The faster your nails grow and the more abuse they withstand, the more often you'll need professional maintenance.

14. How can I remove the yellow from my nails?
Yellow nails are generally caused by not using a base coat when using a very dark color of polish. There are base and top coats designed specifically for avoiding the yellow nail (for example, Yellow-Out).

15. What is the difference between solar nails and gel nails?
There are several types of nail enhancements, gel, acrylic, and fiberglass (or silk). solar is a manicure line from Creative. It consists of cuticle oil, lotion and balm, so this is not an enhancement system.

16. What is the difference between a regular 2 week fill and a backfill?
Nail technicians often differentiate the two procedures this way even though opinions may vary. The difference between an infill and a backfill (or rebalance) is that when doing an infill, the product is only applied to the regrowth area, leaving the nail somewhat unbalanced but making the process a much faster. When performing a backfill, the nail is shortened and thinned, and then the product is applied to fill the regrowth area and a bit over the entire nail to create an apex (higher part of the nail) in the properposition. This procedure leaves the nails just as they were after the first application.

17. Are wrapping the nails better than acrylic or gel?
All types of enhancements are from the same family, but they differ in the method of application and certain qualities. For example, fiberglass (or wraps) is quick and easy to apply and is often used to repair broken nails. Acrylic is very strong and gel is naturally very shiny. Contact your nail technician for suggestions on what product they think is better suited for you.

18. Can pregnant women safely use nail polish?
Yes. Alot of women have been polishing their nails for decades with no harmful effects. As a matter of fact, the polishes available today are safer than ever.