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SNS – Is It Bad For Your Nails?

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about SNS manicures and whether they are good or bad for your nails. In this article we will break down some of the myths and misconceptions about SNS and look at some informative facts. 

What is SNS?

SNS stands for Signature Nail Systems. Created in 1990 and steadily gaining popularity, it is becoming a mainstay in salons all around the world. 

This process itself has been around for quite some time and was originally referred to as a ‘glue manicure’. 

Many bold statements have been made about this service, including claims that it is healthier than gel, better than acrylic, and an all-natural product that ‘nourishes nails’; boasting a healthy vitamin content. 

How does it work?

During the process, the nail is prepared, and a base coat may be applied. The technician then brushes on a layer of glue resin and dips the fingertip into a container of polymer powder – the same kind of powder that is used with acrylic nails. 

This process is repeated until the desired result is achieved, then the nail may be shaped, and a topcoat applied. 

So what’s the concern?

One of the main concerns presenting with the use of SNS is that it can be unhygienic. 

Some salons mitigate this hygiene issue by tipping the powder on to the nail or using single-use containers for each client. More often than not, your finger will usually be dipped into the communal pot. 

The hard fingernail visible on the nail plate is made of keratin, made by the nail matrix located just under your cuticle. After the nail is pushed out by the matrix, the nail itself is ‘dead’ – or keratinised. The only time you really have an opportunity to strengthen your nails is while they are growing under the skin. A healthy diet is your best bet when it comes to strengthening your nails.

There is no product you can apply to the existing nail that will change the existing structure of the nail plate. However, nail enhancements are designed to protect the nail for functionality and cosmetic purposes. 

The ‘vitamins’ present in the formula are so minimal, any claim of strengthening effect is negligible. 

Another reason the SNS procedure tends to weaken nails is the removal process. This is an inflexible product, so any breaks or lifting usually takes your own nail with it! People prone to picking or removing can also peel away layers of their own nails with the product. 

If you get an acetone soak-off before every SNS procedure this is bad news too – constant soaking in acetone completely dehydrates the nail bed and leads to brittle nails that rely on enhancements to survive. 

Buffing the nail plate before each treatment doesn’t help with thin and weak nails either!

If you’re looking for an alternative to SNS, contact us at Eva Mercedes Cosmetic Studio on 0474 230 000 and discuss some alternatives that may be suitable for you. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority, and we would love to have you with us on your healthy nail journey!

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