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Artificial Nails

Artificial nails, also known as fake nails, false nails, fashion nails, nail enhancements or nail extensions are coverings placed over fingernails as fashion accessories.

Some artificial nails attempt to mimic the appearance of real fingernails as closely as possible, while other designs may deliberately stray in appearance from real fingernails. Artificial nails are made from a wide variety of materials.

One popular material called "Polymethyl methacrylate acrylics" which is used in artificial nail creation is a mixture of a polymer powder and a liquid monomer (e.g. ethyl methacrylate). The mixture starts to harden in 30?40 seconds after application and continues to cure to final hardness typically within fifteen minutes. Powder and liquid acrylics can be removed by using a variety of solvents (usually acetone is used). Usually it takes 15 to 20 minutes to remove the nail.

"UV Top Coat" is another material used in creating artificial nails which hardens under ultraviolet light. They generally cannot be removed by organic solvents, but only be removed by filing (or left to grow out with the natural nail).

Popular alternative to acrylic or gel preparations for artificial nails are fiberglass or silk wraps. They are done by cutting pieces of actual fiberglass or silk fabric to fit on the surface of the nail or tip and then it is sealed down with a resin or glue.

What is KeryFlex?

KeryFlex is a nail restoration system that uses polymer resins and special activators to create a durable, yet flexible artificial nail when exposed to a certain frequency of ultraviolet light.

For more information about KeryFlex&tade; nail restoration systems, visit our exclusive KeryFlex? page.