Let Us Chat About MMA
Let us chat about MMA or Methyl methacrylate as its known as in labs. This product originated in the dental industry and it is also used as bone cement by surgeons. Its used in flooring products, strong resins and isn’t meant to be used near or on the skin and seriously isn’t meant to come in contact with nails. Nails are very porous and will absorb theses nasty chemicals. MMA should only be used in a laboratory while in a liquid state and never in contact with the skin.
Many salons that offer £25 sets of nails will not be using quality products. The chemicals in some cases are so bad for the technicians health that they will be seen wearing masks. These such salons could possibly be using MMA.
MMA should never have been used for use in acrylic nails in my eyes as its too hard. The nail plate could very easily be torn off completely with the nail extension if traumatised. Some people will love going to these inexpensive salons as they say that the nails last and last. But what they don’t know is that the products will be damaging the nails.
Removal of these nails are incredibly hard, this is why you will see drills. I would like to see a ban on these products in salons in the future as they give good nail techs a bad reputation. We are not all the same guys!
When these nail techs are prepping for MMA they have no choice but to damage the nail plate as the product needs big grooves in the nail in order to stick. Every good nail technician should always protect and preserve the natural nail under any enhancement or product. It should be all about nail health and perfection. Also MMA should not be used in nail products because the FDA has determined that it is not safe for that purpose.
Nails should be a pleasure to get done and never hurt. The cuticle should never be cut but gently pushed back. The skin at the bottom of the nail is called a Proximal Nail Fold and not the cuticle.
If you have ever had and skin cut or nipped off I highly recommend that you find another technician. I always tell my clients that if it ever happens somewhere else you are within your rights to just get up and walk out of the salon. Don’t sit in silence as it could mean the technician isn’t qualified, and if so they won’t be covered by insurance. More importantly they could do a bad job and cause a lot of pain.
The scary bit over, now all you need to do is find a very highly qualified nail technician in your area, find out what products they use, ask them if they sculpt or use tips. If they sculpt then your on to a winner. It takes years of practice and they will seriously know their stuff!