Nail Advice

Nail Advice

Most enhancements involve preparing your natural nail plate, during this procedure we have to etch the surface for the product to adhere to your natural nail without lifting.  This process will cause slight weakness to the nail bed, but this is never permanent as your nails always grow out.

Nail Systems that cause the least amount of weakness would be gel polish or SNS dipping powder.

Every two weeks your nail technician will fill in the area near the cuticle between where the natural nail has grown and where the artificial nail or tip is attached. This takes around 30-40 minutes This includes re-filing and re-shaping of the nail, repair of any breakage, cracking, or lifting, fill-in and rebalance of new growth, and polish, if desired. By having your nails regularly maintained, you will avoid most of the problems associated with artificial enhancements. In fact, most problems associated with artificial enhancements are caused by improper maintenance.

The less pressure put on your new nails, the longer they will last. Just playing with a paper clip by bending it back and forth will eventually break it, so will your nails. They can only take so much pressure before they crack and/or break.

Artificial nail applications should be maintained every two weeks. It is important to have regular fills because if the acrylic lifts away from the natural nail, moisture and bacteria can accumulate between them. A professional nail technician can spot problem areas best and should provide adequate advise.

What are BIAB nails?

BIAB (pronounced by-abb) stands for ‘builder in a bottle’ and was created by British gel nail polish brand The Gel Bottle. It’s basically a nail strengthening gel that can be built up to create a hard-wearing, shiny finish.

Unlike gel or shellac polishes, BIAB is made of ingredients that work to strengthen and nourish the nail, so it helps to harden your natural nails while you wear it.

BIAB can be used alone, together with extensions or as a base underneath traditional gel polish to add extra strength. It’s available in a growing range of shades, so it can be used as a standalone polish or as a great base for nail art.

Who could benefit from BIAB nails?

BIAB nails are a great option for anyone looking to grow or strengthen their natural nails. It’s also a good choice for nail biters; the gel is much thicker and stronger than a standard polish, so it’s more resistant to biting.

How long do BIAB nails last?

Like gel nails, BIAB tends to last around three to four weeks – sometimes longer. You’ll then have to revisit your salon to get it removed or infilled.

What’s the difference between BIAB, gel, shellac and acrylic nails?

With so many nail polish treatments available, things can get confusing. Shellac is a specific type of gel nail polish, developed by CND. It’s a liquid form of polish cured under a UV lamp for a longer-wearing finish – but, as any shellac or gel nails enthusiast will know, improper removal can leave your nails feeling weak.

Acrylic nails are created using a liquid monomer and powder polymer, which is mixed carefully by your nail professional. They don’t need curing under a lamp but will require an electric file to remove them.

BIAB, on the other hand, is a form of gel polish that has a stronger, more strengthening base. It’s cured under a lamp, with a thicker consistency than gel and is similarly soaked off or removed with an electric file (but it can take a little longer as the formula is quite tough). The main difference? It doesn’t damage your natural nail underneath. Hallelujah.


Acrylics are the most common nail extension, they are strong and versatile, they can be finished in pretty much any colour, shape or form. Most women go for the elegant French manicure finish, as this goes with most outfits.  Colours are good if you want to match an outfit or follow current fashion trends.

Dip powders are a combination of a glue-type liquid and powder that hardens when it hits the air, and leaves long-lasting color on your nails minus the need for any ultraviolent (UV) lighting to cure or dry. There also isn’t the strong smell that’s often associated with acrylic.  With over 500 colours to choose from you are spoilt for choice!

Ombré nails (just like ombré hair) are a type of manicure in which a color gradient is created. A light color on the top of the nail gradually blends into a darker color toward the tip.

Ombre can be achieved either through Airbrushing or with two different coloured acrylic powders blended together.  Prices start from £37.

The perfect answer to weak, brittle, flaking or bitten nails We can strengthen and extend the natural nail, giving anyone who has a problem with their own nails, the pleasure and confidence that beautiful, yet natural nails can bring!

For people who have a tendency to bite or pick at their nails, there is a 90 percent success rate of stopping this habit with artificial nail applications. There are two reasons for this. First, people are less likely to ruin something they’ve spent time and money on. Secondly, nail biters are generally inspired by having beautiful hands for the first time in their lives. It can give you the long, healthy-looking nails you’ve always wanted!

One advantage of gel services is that they are odourless and transparent. Like acrylic, gels can be applied over the natural nail or over artificial nail tips.

Gels and acrylics are similar in that they both can be used to extend the length of the nails and make them stronger.  The main difference is the clarity of the powder, Gel powder has a glass like look where the acrylics have a slightly natural pink tone to the nail.

“Pink and White” refers to the use of two colours of acrylic applied to the nails to produce a permanent and natural-looking “French” manicure.  The tips of the nails are sculpted in  a perfect smile line using white acrylic, and the base of the nail is then overlaid with a warm pink.   If you get bored with the French you can paint a polish colour over the extensions and when you remove the colour the French will still be there.

Yes. Artificial nails can actually improve the health of your natural nails by protecting them from biting, picking, excess moisture and other elements that can weaken or damage them.

The area the acrylics covered will be slightly weaker than the new growth from the cuticle; it will take a minimum of one month for you to grow out that weakened area.  Be sure to use some strengthener treatment for your natural nails, condition your cuticles with specialised Oil and have regular manicures to maintain healthy growth.

Yes, all you need is pure acetone, one large bowel and a small bowel, fill the large bowel with boiling hot water, place the smaller bowl in the large bowel and pour acetone into the small bowl, as the hot water warms the acetone place your nails into the acetone bowl.  Soak for 5 mins take out and wipe, repeat this process until all the acrylic is gone. Alternatively, pop into any one of our salons and we can do it for £10!

Yes!  All you need is some acetone, cotton wool and kitchen foil. Soak a small ball of cotton wool in acetone, place it on your nail bed, cut a small square of foil and wrap your nail with the soaked cotton on top. Leave for 10 minutes, remove and use a cuticle pusher to scrap all the remaining shellac off the nail bed. Buff the cuticle oil to put moisture back into the nail bed.

Removing and reapplying a product such as gel polish to the nail will eventually cause weakness and dryness to the nail plate.  Be sensible if they look terrible give them a break, let them recover then if you wish start the process all over again.

A beautiful, well-groomed nail is an important part of your overall look. Attractive nails and hands enhance your appearance, whether you spend your days in a kitchen or in a boardroom. A basic manicure takes between 20-30 minutes. Artificial nail services, such as tips, acrylics and gels, average about 40 minutes. The cost is quite affordable, and the results are well worth it.

A natural nail treatment includes Cutting, shaping the natural nail, the removal of excess cuticle growth, a hand and lower arm massage and is finished with a polish colour of your choice.

The pedicure is a treatment for the feet it is performed in a massaging chair with a powerful jet stream foot spa.  The treatment includes the cutting and shaping of the toe nails, the removal of excess cuticle growth, the removal of hard skin from the bottom of your feet, a lower leg and foot massage. It is finished with a polish colour of your choice.

A basic manicure or pedicure will last one to two weeks, depending on your lifestyle and the type of service you’ve had. If, for example, you work in the garden without gloves, your manicure probably won’t last long. Artificial nail services, such as acrylics, tips, wraps and gels maintain their fresh appearance much longer as they are more durable.

Shellac Is a Hybrid Nail colour, it applies like a polish, wears flawlessly for 14 days of high gloss shine, and is removed in minutes.

Nail art is applied using fine detail brushes, prices vary depending on design.  It is best to visit your local salon and view the vast selection of designs. Alternatively bring a picture of what you want and we will do our best to replicate it.

Nails can split or yellow for a number of reasons. Excessive exposure to the elements or chemicals, poor diet, nail biting and other habits can be the cause.

This happens when the extension comes away from the nail bed leaving a gap, this can be seen as a whitened area.  When water gets trapped within this gap and becomes stagnant, it eventually turns into a fungus similar to that of mildew.  Don’t be alarmed, if this happens pop in as soon as you can so that we can remove the extension.

Yes. A lot 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. Don’t be afraid.

LIMIT walk-ins, APPOINTMENTS Preferred.

Clients who are feeling unwell will be asked to reschedule their appointments.

Hand washing or sanitising on arrival.

Plastic face shields and masks to worn by staff.  Clients will be asked to wear a face covering or can purchase from us for £1

Clients must purchase their own file / buffer / Sandband. Pedicure kits are available to buy.

Contact tracing information will be required.

Pedicure & Nail stations will be space out, if this can’t be achieved head height protective screens are placed between client chairs.

We have Installed Perspex screens on all working nail stations and reception desk.

We have spaced out nail drying area (Ideally paint gel polish to reduce extended drying times)

Hand Sanitiser GEL on all Nails Station and Sanitation stations located around salon.

Extra time is allocated to disinfect between clients.

All non-porous implements cleaned & disinfected after single use.

All non-Porous high touch surfaces cleaned & disinfected frequently – Chairs, door handles, reception counter, Nail Stations, armrests, dryers, wash basin, Pedicure chairs.

Personal items (including phones) should be handled as little as absolutely necessary and never during a service. (All Nail stations to have Separate sanitising spray for Phones available for clients to use.

Please arrive alone and on time.

No longer serve hot or cold drinks to clients, removal of all magazines.

We request Sanitising hands after touching colour swatches.

CONTACTLESS Payment is encouraged.

All staff members to have a Barbicide COVID-19 Certificate.

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