1. ‘Dry’ and ‘dehydrated’ skin mean the same thing

Often ‘dry’ and ‘dehydrated’ are confused, but in fact they are completely different. Dry skin refers to the skin type and means that it is lacking in oil, whereas dehydrated skin is a skin condition which means it is lacking in water.

2. Nails need to ‘breathe’

Many clients will worry that they need to give their nails time to ‘breathe’ between acrylic applications, but this is not true. Provided that the correct aftercare and on-going maintenance advice is given, and that the correct application and removal procedures are followed, then extensions can be worn for years.

3. Toner is used to remove cleanser

“We often ask trainees what toning does and most of them say it removes excess cleanser or tightens the skin. It is actually used for balancing the pH of the skin.” Rachael Green, UK and International Trainer, Elemis.

4. The darker the tan looks during application, the darker it will be when the guide colour is washed off

This is a common spray tanning myth, but as the DHA in self tan works with the body to develop into a tan, the darker you tan under a UV light naturally will indicate how dark you will be after a spray tan. Therefore if two customers with different skin tones had the same spray tan, we’d expect the one with the paler skin tone to look less tanned.

5. Gel is different to acrylic

This one catches a lot of people out, but actually, gel and acrylic are made from the same chemical ingredient. The difference, however, is that gel is mixed in the lab and the acrylic is mixed by a nail tech in the salon.

6. Moisturising the skin can cause spots

It’s not the moisturising which causes breakouts, but rather when the client is using an incorrect moisturiser on their skin. The key here is skin analysis, by a trained therapist!

7. A thick coat of nail product is stronger than a thin one

Certainly when applying gel polish, a thin coat is much better. Too thick and it can cause the gel to shrink or wrinkle under the UV/LED lamp. What’s more, a thin application allows for flexibility and will withstand stress.

8. Eyelash extensions damage the natural lashes

As long as a correct application is carried out, eyelash extensions should not damage the natural lashes. The right size and shape should be selected, and each extension should be placed on an individual lash and allowed to drop off with the natural lash growth cycle.

9. If your skin gets used to products, they stop working

Often, it is not the product which has stopped working, rather the client’s skin has changed, or the environment they live/work in has changed. A skin analysis will help the client find what products are best suited to them.

10. Acrylics ruin your nails

Provided the acrylics have been applied and removed correctly, they should not ruin the natural nail underneath. In cases where the client does experience nail damage, it could be down to over filing, as this weakens and thins the nail until it is too soft to withstand stress.