Ace Nailz & Lashes by Karen...

Maintenance:

Within two to three weeks your acrylic nail enhancements will need in-fills and re-balancing.
Please contact me to make a follow up appointment In-fills are very important as these appointments allow me to check the health of your natural nails, fill the growth area, adjust the length and shape.


Important:DO NOT attempt to remove the extensions yourself by picking, biting or forcing off in any way this will damage your natural nail! Your nails comprise of approx 100 of layers of keratin if you rip/pick/bite your acrylics or gel polish off you will be removing many layers of your nail with it! Those layers will not magically reappear and it will take around 4 months for them to regrow and repair fully. They should be removed professionally as damage can occur to the natural nail if this process is not carried out correctly. Nail enhancements can be removed safely by 'soaking off' in a acetone solution, it is a very easy process to do but can be time consuming, please allow an hour for removal.
Nail plates may appear thinner after removal but this is because there will be more moisture in the natural nail which makes them more flexible, it is NOT an indication of weakened nail plates from acrylic and within 24 hours the excess moisture will be lost and the nails will seem more rigid. ​Looking after your nails:Many problems are caused by failing to follow your technician's advice or failing to return to the technician for regular maintenance. If you follow the simple guidelines, your nail enhancements will stay looking beautiful, be long lasting and cause no damage to your natural nail at all. Treat your new nails with the same care that you would if your natural nails were the same length. Please remember nail enhancements are extensions of your own nails and not a nail transplant, they will break like natural nails if not treated with respect. Do your daily chores as normal, but remember the new length of your nails ​You may change your nail varnish as often as you want, but make sure you use non-acetone varnish remover. ​If you have any lifting and don't get the nail repaired you are increasing the chance of obtaining a bacterial infection. If you lose a nail or have lifted acrylic please DO NOT re-attach with nail glue as you will be sealing and trapping moisture and bacteria. Bacteria will thrive in a warm moist environment and is likely to result in a green area on the nail.

Best Practice:

Treat them like jewels! Don't use them for tools!

​Treat your new nails with care. Be gentle with your acrylic nails for the first 24-48 hours after they are applied. Acrylic seems to dry in minutes and they feel hard but they are not at there full strength until the bonding process has been completed. Don't use them to pick or scratch at things as this puts undue pressure on the enhancements and may cause them to weaken and break. There are many traps for unsuspecting nails such as car doors, kitchen cabinets, switches, etc.. Be aware of these traps and you will soon get into the habit of using your hands differently. ​Use rubber gloves when doing housework or gardening and try not to use any products containing solvents. Nail enhancements will be weakened and damaged by harsh treatment e.g. exposing them to detergents without wearing rubber gloves, which can cause them to become dry and brittle and more prone to breakage. Some detergents can discolour acrylic nails so gloves are a must. Do not use your nails to open cans or ring pulls! ​Apply cuticle oil once a day. The use of cuticle oil is strongly recommended, to keep your enhancements flexible, prolong their life and to reduce the risk of breakage, apply a small amount to the cuticle area and massage in to the nail, cuticle and surrounding skin. DO NOT use moisturisers, sunblock and tanning products that contain Lanolin or Mineral oil, this will break down the bond of the acrylic and cause acrylics to weaken and lift. ​Use the sides of your fingers to pick things up with and avoid pulling backwards against the tips of the nails, as this can cause injury or breakage.

Please don't bite or cut your acrylics as it can cause them to shatter and damage your natural nail plate. Please don't use pins, needles, cuticle sticks or any sharp object to remove trapped dirt under your nails as you could cause an infection.


Lash Maintenance Tips and FAQ's:


How long do the Eyelashes last? 
It is an individual process. We lose 1-3 eyelashes everyday. We also grow a new lash to replace the one that fell out. Lashes can stay on up to 2 full months with proper care and bi-weekly maintenance. However, factors such as eyelash growth, lifestyle and general after care will affect how long the lashes last.


How long does the treatment take?
It all depends on how many lashes you've got. Certainly! The more you've got, the more I put on, so - the more you've got, the longer it will take. Average time of a treatment is 2,5-3 hours.


Can I remove them myself if don't want them any more?
They can be easily removed. Please do not attempt to remove any lashes on your own, seek professional help from me. You can damage your own lashes by pulling the synthetic once.

*I WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT YOU MAY CAUSE BY TRYING TO REMOVE THE EYELASH EXTENSIONS ON YOUR OWN.


Do eyelash extensions damage my natural eyelashes?
No, not at all!  Glue is formulated to create a solid bond, specifically for human lashes. The adhesive dries very soft on lashes, allowing the lashes to stay flexible and bouncy just like your own lashes. However - if you don't want to get refills done - it's advisable to use eyelash conditioner to make them stronger (ask for more details)