Acrylic Nails

What are acrylic nails?
Acrylic nails are fake nails that are attached to your existing nail. They can add length to your existing nail, with the use of plastic ‘tips’ that are glued on the end of your natural nail, with acrylic then applied over the entire nail.

The nail technician will first prep your nails by filing them, buffing the shine from your nails and applying a nail treatment to remove any moisture and oil from your nails. Tips will then be sized and shaped to your nail and a nail primer will be applied. The acrylic is applied by first dipping a brush into a liquid (called monomer) and then into a polymer powder. The mixture is applied to your nails and allowed to dry. The nail technician will then file and shape the acrylic nails.

What are the risks of having acrylic nails?
What you may not appreciate about regular trips to the beauty salon for a manicure or a pedicure, is that you may be exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals, which have the potential to cause problems such as dermatitis, headaches, dizziness, and skin reactions.
The chemicals used to apply acrylic nails can cause severe reactions in your eyes, nose and throat and may produce allergic reactions or aggravate conditions such as asthma.
As well as the concerns regarding exposure to chemicals, problems can arise due to inadequately trained staff or a failure by the salon to follow basic safety procedures. False nails can damage your natural nail if not applied correctly, leading to pain, discomfort and the risk of infection. Some nail technicians use a drill on your nail bed which can break down your nail plate. This can be very painful and can leave ridges and bruising on the nails.

The moist, dark space between your nail and the acrylic is a perfect breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. The bond between the acrylic nail and the natural nail is stronger than the bond between the natural nail and the nail bed, so it can rip the nail from the nail bed, creating a space where infection can occur.

Problems which can arise include:-

  • Damage to the cuticle during the process, allowing bacteria to enter into the blood stream, resulting in a fungal infection
  • The possibility of developing an infection under your acrylic nails.
  • Damage to the nail plate during the application process
  • An allergic reaction to the polymer-based substances in the product
  • Infection, caused by banging the nail or if the acrylic nail begins to separate from your natural nail
  • Redness, swelling, and pain in the nail bed

Symptoms can be painful and long-lasting. If you experience pain or discomfort following the application of acrylic nails, you should speak to the nail technician about your concerns and seek advice from your GP.

How much compensation am I likely to receive?
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