Regular acrylics versus "organic" nails

Celebrity Q and A'sA Gel system has taken over claiming to be a healthy enhancement recently in my city. The makers claim that the product actually has ingredients in it that strengthen the nail. It claims to have botanical ingredients (no harmful ingredients), polymers and sugar. The salesman actually eats it. My question is how is this product any different from other Gel systems when it is cured the same way (light cured) and why does acetone work to remove them. By the way MSDS sheet says do not ingest. I just need an answer for my Gel clients.

In ordinary commerce, the word "Organic" is commonly understood to mean a product that is produced totally from natural, biological sources, such as wholegrain bread without artificial preservatives, or beef raised without antibiotics. Absolutely no acrylics fall into this category!!!!!

However, the word "Organic" has a different meaning in the chemistry world. In chemistry, the word "Organic" refers to all complex compounds of carbon. Why? In the early 1800's, all known carbon compounds were derived from organic (i.e., biological) sources; therefore, carbon chemistry was named "organic chemistry." Nowadays, many new carbon compounds have been created that were never found in nature, but the name "organic chemistry" is too entrenched to be changed. (The chemistry of living things is now called "biochemistry", to distinguish it from "organic.") 

Technically, the "organic acrylic" ads are telling the truth: acrylics are complex carbon compounds, and therefore fall under the chemist's definition of the word "organic". However, they are certainly not "organic" in the way that most people understand the word. And they're counting on you not to know this!!!!

Paul Bryson
CoDirector of R&D, O.P.I. 


Celebrity Q and A's Enhancement products don't damage the natural nail! Improper application, improper maintenance and/or improper removal causes the damage seen on client's nails. This is true for primer, as well. Anyone who doubts this can prove it themselves. Simply immerse a nail clipping in any type of monomer, gel, glue, wrap or primer and let it soak for as long as you wish. You will find that the nail plate does not dissolve or break apart.

Nail damage seen after the enhancement is removed is almost always related to improper prep, application or removal. Usually, this damage is caused by over filing or using too coarse of an abrasive. Therefore, any product that claims to be "safer" for the natural nail should be looked at with suspicion. No product is safer, because no product is dangerous... unless it cannot be properly removed or unless it is stronger than the natural nail itself. Both of these issues apply to MMA, which is why it is not suitable for nail enhancements.

If you are trying to judge the usefulness or safety of an enhancement product on natural nails, the first questions you should ask are; can it be easily applied without causing overexposure to the skin? Is the enhancement's strength properly balanced so that it breaks instead of breaking the natural nail? Can the enhancement be easily removed without excessive filing, drilling or nipping? (Each of these is very damaging) Finally, is the product designed so that it doesn't have to be removed every three to six months. Product removal is the most likely step to cause nail plated damage, so the less often the enhancement is removed, the better it will be for the natural nail. If the answer is yes to each of these questions, then the enhancement product should not damage the nail plate, if used and removed correctly.

Finally, cosmetics are not foods. Any one who makes such claims is acting irresponsible and is make erroneous, illegal claims. I can eat grass, so it is eatable. That doesn't mean it's smart! <s>

Doug Schoon
Director of R&D
Creative Nail Design, Inc.


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