Chemical reations from enhancements

Celebrity Q and A'sWhat chemical reactions occur the formation of acrylic nails Natasha 6/00

The chemical reaction that cures the nails is called "polymerization". A "polymer" is a very large molecule that's made of many smaller molecules ("monomers") linked together in chains or networks. Think of a monomer as a single chain link, and a polymer as a long chain. Nail powders are already in the polymer state; the liquids are monomers when you apply them, and they turn into solid polymers right on the nail. The powders and liquids contain chemicals that start curing the monomers as soon as the two are mixed. 

Paul Bryson. Ph.D.
Co-Director of R&D
OPI Products, Inc.

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