A gorgeous manicure that lasts for as long for two weeks might be convenient, but it seems it may also leave your actual nails thin and peeling, according to a recent study.
Women using a new kind of false nail treatment from OPI Axxium and Shellac that combines the convenience of falsies with a perfect nail polish have complained that the treatment has left their nails in terrible disrepair.
On researcher decided to investigate these claims by conducting an experiment on her own nails.
Dermatologist Andrea Chan from the University of Miami School of Medicine measured her own nails' thickness before and after the manicure to gauge whether the treatment thins and weakens nails.
According to Chan, a distinct decline in the nails' thickness was noted.
Further research will need to be conducted to work out whether this was caused by the manicure itself or the discarding procedure. In order to rid the nails of the mani, nails needs to be soaked in an acetone solution.
Daily Mail beauty editor, Emma Hill, believes acetone is the culprit, saying that it took her nails four months to recover after having two manicures.
Shellac's Samantha Sweet asserts that no damage would be done if a trained technician applies and removes the treatment.
"Applying Shellac shouldn't damage the nail surface. The polish has a honeycomb construction, making it porous. The oils penetrate and nourish nails," Sweet said.
Sweet explains that nails don't need to be soaked in acetone in order to remove the treatment.
So, if you do want a two-week manicure, be sure to choose a professional salon and follow protective steps like using hand cream to minimise as much damage afterwards.
Hill advises using a nail oil after removing any form of manicure and to keep them short for some time, conditioning the cuticle and nail with almond oil to minimise damage.