4 Monroe Pkwy Ste. H
Lake Oswego, OR. 97035

Nail FAQ's




        Below are some common questions and answers regarding professional nail care. We hope this will be informative and help you to make the right decision when it comes to choosing to get your nails professionally cared for or do it yourself at home.

Q.  Why should I spend the time to have my nails professionally manicured?

A.     A beautiful, well-groomed nail is an important part of your overall look. Attractive nails and hands enhance your appearance, whether you spend your days in a kitchen or in a boardroom. A basic manicure takes between 20-30 minutes. Artificial nail services, such as tips, acrylics and gels, average about 45 minutes. The cost is quite affordable, and the results are well worth it.

Q.  How long will a basic manicure or pedicure last?

A.     A basic manicure or pedicure will last one to two weeks, depending on your lifestyle and the type of service you’ve had. If, for example, you work in the garden without gloves, your manicure probably won’t last long. Artificial nail services, such as acrylics, tips, wraps and gels maintain their fresh appearance much longer as they are more durable.

Q. How often should I have a manicure?

A.    Manicures can be scheduled as often as you like or depending on how you use your hands in your daily life. Some people receive them as often as once per week.

Q. Why is there a hand and arm massage during a manicure?

A.    To make you feel good. The massage helps to relax the hand and arm muscles, softens and smoothes the skin, and increases blood circulation.

Q. What is the purpose of a pedicure?

A.    The purpose of a pedicure treatment is to smooth the feet and make them more attractive, all while relaxing the body. Foot and calf massages stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic system.

Q. What if I am shy about having a pedicure?

A.    You’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to feel shy about having your feet treated. Please remember that Nail Technicians are licensed professionals. They realize that you may feel uncomfortable and will make every effort to put you at ease. Just let our nails technician know.

Q. Should I have a pedicure if I have ingrown toenails?

A.    Ingrown toe nails are commonly associated with improper filing or ill-fitting shoes. Your Nail Technician can advise you about how to avoid it in the future. You should not get a pedicure if you are treating athlete’s foot and foot fungus. Your feet should be completely clear of these problems before receiving a pedicure.

Q. How will the nail technician treat my cuticles?

A.    The cuticle, the thin piece of skin that overlaps the nail at its base, may causing splits or tears in the skin that can turn into hangnails. To prevent that from happening, we help you keep the cuticles soft and pushed back. During your manicure, the nail technician will soften the cuticle then gently push it back – trimming only if needed. Any hangnails will be trimmed to prevent further tearing.

Q. What is nail fungus?

A.    Nail fungus is a contagious infection of the nail bed that can weaken your nails and make it look bad. When the nail is elevated of the nail bed, a space develops under the nail where water can accumulate becomes a perfect environment for fungus growth. Exposing hand and feet to water for an extended time will increase the risk of getting fungal infection. People with artificial nails are at higher risk if the artificial nails are not applied properly. Our nails technicians are throughly trained and checks to make sure your artificial nails are applied on properly. Consult with one of our nails technician to find out treatment methods. Always consult a doctor for proper treatment.

Q. How do I know if my nail is infected with fungus?

A.    When infected with fungus, nail becomes thicker, yellowish-brown or darker color and has a specific odor when filed. The biggest problem with nail fungus is that it’s extremely contagious and can easily spread to other nails or skin.

Q. How can I prevent fungus on my nails?

A.    Drying feet thoroughly after shower and bath and wearing shower shoes when in public showers are some of the ways to protect your nails from getting infected.

Q. If I put nails on, will it permanently damage my nails?

A.    No. The process of getting nails put on involves: sanding or roughing of the nail bed to open up the pores of your nails so products can attach, however natural nails will continues to grow and it will be as strong as you always had them.  Nails are permanently damaged only by external cause that with great force damages the "Matrix" or mother of the nail, which is located about 1/2" to 1 1/2" behind the cuticle of the nails.

Q. What is the differences between Gel and Acrylics?

A.    Acrylics has been around for the longest time, products may change but it remain the same procedure as to how it is done.  It's an enhancement for your natural nails to give them more lengths and strengths so they can take more abuse throughout our daily routines; and nail polishes last much longer without chipping.  Gel-Nails is an example of a newer product that attaches better, stronger, look more natural due to the fact that because it's stronger, we can now applies it on thinner.  Therefore it has a lighter feel on your hand, and the gel seal coating ensure a smooth and shiny finish.

Q. What is the Pink & White (Solar) Nails?

A.    Pink & White Nails as they are called in the North, while Solar Nails are what they refer to them as in the South, due to the fact that they are most resistances to color changing due to UV rays, (yellowing).  Pink & White Nails are newer enhancing products for your nails; pink product are applies to the nail beds while white products are applies to the free-edge (tips) of the nails, thus the name.  Two products are fused together as two pieces to the puzzle to give it a more natural look, while keeping the white products on the free-edge of the nails in the half-moon (smile line) of the nails.  Beautifully enhance the nail to produce a natural "French" look, perfect for ladies whose hands and nails are seen by others everyday due to the their working environments, and ladies whose just appreciate beautiful nail work of art.

Q.  What are gel nails? How do they differ from acrylic nails?

A.     Gels and acrylics are similar in that they both can be used to extend the length of the nails and make them stronger. One advantage of gel services is that they are odorless and transparent. Like acrylic, gels can be applied over the natural nail or over artificial nail tips.

Q. What are the differences between Shellac, gel polish and soak off gel polish?

A.     Basically, there is no difference between these services.  Shellac is a brand name most commonly associated with soak off gel polish; think tissue and Kleenex!  Gel polish and soak off gel polish are just different ways to describe the process and products used to achieve the long lasting manicure that is cured under either a UV or LED light, and has to be soaked off in 100% acetone for removal.

Q. How often should I get my artificial nails re-done?

A.    Once artificial nails are put on, recommended time for nail upkeep is 2 week, within this time, nails would have grown out and need to be "fill-ins".  This will also allow our nail technicians to carefully clean out all lifted areas cause by water abrasion damage, and replace them with new products thus making them new again.

Q. Are the UV gel lamps harmful to my health?

A.    UV (ultra violet) lights have been used to cure artificial nail products worldwide for many years.  According to an independent study by a dermatologist, UV lamps only produce UVA rays and the exposure you receive during your soak off gel service is the equivalent to 2.7 minutes in natural sunlight.  If you are still concerned about the exposure to UV rays, you are welcome to wear sunscreen during your gel service.

Q. What causes the ridges and white spots on my nails?

A.    Most commonly white spots are the result of a mild trauma to your nail bed, a possible side effect of medications or a sign of dehydration.  Ridges are usually caused by a variation in the rate of cell turnover, which slows with age, and is usually genetic.  It is always a good idea to pay attentions to changes or abnormalities in your nails, and to consult your doctor if you are concerned.

Q. How often should I replace my artificial nails?

A.    This depends on each individual’s daily activities and scheduled up- keep of her/his nails. For an average person, a new set is usually recommended in between 2 to 4 months.

Q. Should I take the artificial nails off every so often to let my nails breathe?

A.    Nails are dead tissues when growing out of your nail plates; they do not breathe. However, in trying to ensure the health of your nails, you should receive services from your regular manicurist at a reputable establishment that use quality products.

Q. What kind of training do your employees have?

A.    All employees are required to have an Oregon State license issued by The Oregon State Board of Cosmetology and to maintain it by completing the state mandated hours of continuing education.  In addition to receiving the training required by the state of Oregon, each employee is coached individually on the specific services provided at L'Amour Nail Spa to ensure consistent quality and satisfaction for our clients.

Q. How do you clean and disinfect your tools and equipment?

A.    Spa tools and equipment are cleaned and disinfected daily during and after work. Tools for nails are soaked in disinfecting alcohol and chemical after each use to ensure the removal of any germs and bacteria. Pedicure chairs are cleaned with detergent and odor eliminating sprays. Drains are also cleaned to ensure no bacteria build up. You may ask to check the pedicure chair before your pedicure. We will be glad to show it to you. We try hard to keep our nails spa clean and safe.