Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I take the time to have my nails professionally manicured?

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 30-45 minutes. Artificial nail services, such as tips, acrylics and gels, average about an hour. The cost is quite reasonable, and the results are well worth it.


How long will a basic manicure or pedicure last?

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. Maintaining your nails between salon visits with OPI products will give your nails a just-manicured look.


What are the main advantages of artificial nail applications?

For people who have a tendency to bite or pick at their nails, there is a 90 percent success rate of stopping 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. Ask your professional nail technician about OPI’s Competition Formula 3000™ Advanced Acrylic System. It can give you the long, healthy-looking nails you’ve always wanted!


Will my natural nails continue to grow under the acrylics?

Yes. If your nail technician uses good products, such as the OPI acrylic system, and applies and maintains them correctly. 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.


How are artificial nail applications maintained?

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 "fill" includes re-sanitizing and re-applying the acrylic where it has grown out.


What are gel nails? How do they differ from acrylics?

Gels and acrylics are similar in that they both can be used to extend the length of the nails and make them stronger. One advantage of gel services is that they are odorless Like acrylic, gels can be applied over the natural nail or over artificial nail tips.


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, natural-looking “French” manicure look. OPI calls this the dual-tone nail. The tips of the nails are sculpted using white acrylic. The base of the nail is then overlayed with warm or cool pink, depending on your skin tone. OPI’s Competition Formula 3000™ is the only acrylic product that allows your nail technician to customize the shades of pink and white used for the most natural looking dual-tone nails.


How long do artificial nail applications usually last?

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 better than someone with an untrained eye.
How long will it take for my nails to return to normal after removing my acrylics? If your natural nails were filed properly in the beginning, and if you've been maintaining your artificial nails with regular visits to the salon, your nails will be in good condition after the acrylic nail is removed. Be sure to use OPI's Nail Envy™ Natural Nail Hardener to strengthen your natural nails, condition your cuticles with Avoplex® Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil and have regular manicures to maintain healthy nail growth.


Why do nails split or become yellow?

Nails can split for a number of reasons. Excessive exposure to the elements or chemicals, poor diet, nail biting and other habits can be the cause. To strengthen nails, useOPI’s Nail Envy™ Natural Nail Hardener.


What are the rules regarding sanitation & disinfection of the instruments used for salon nail care services?

At OPI, we believe that technicians should thoroughly disinfect all implements and surfaces prior to each client's appointment. Technicians should also practice a thorough hand sanitation regimen to prevent the spread of germs and fungus. Any salon that doesn't follow conscientious sanitation practices is probably not a good choice for a nail service.


Why is this necessary? What are we being protected from?

Common viruses -- such as those that cause colds and flu -- are easily spread from hand to hand. Your nail technician is in direct contact with your hands for long periods of time, which makes both of you vulnerable to viruses and other contagious diseases.


How can I do touch-ups and repairs onmy nails at home?

OPI has a Hand and Nail Maintenance Kit which can be purchased at your salon. It is specifically designed to supply the most essential nail care products for use between professional manicures. It contains all the products you need to properly care for both natural and artificial nails in an attractive carry-all bag.