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Breathing Easy: Why Salons are Moving Away from Acrylic Nails

Gone are the days where acrylic nails were the go-to for a long-lasting, flawless manicure. More and more salons are moving away from this traditional method, opting for safer and healthier alternatives. But why exactly are salons ditching acrylics? In this post, we’ll explore the potential health risks of acrylics and why many salons, including ours, have made the decision to move on to safer options.

The Potential Health Risks of Acrylic Nails

One of the biggest concerns with acrylic nails is the strong, chemical odor that accompanies the application process. It's not just an unpleasant smell - it's an indication that harmful chemicals are present. These chemicals can cause respiratory issues, skin irritation, and even cancer with prolonged exposure.

And it's not just the smell that's a problem. Acrylic nails contain chemicals like ethyl methacrylate (EMA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA). Constant contact with these chemicals can lead to permanent damage to the nail bed.

Alternatives to Acrylic Nails: Superior in Every Way

Thankfully, there are many safer alternatives to acrylics that still deliver beautiful, long-lasting results. At our salon, we offer Gel Full Set, SNS dipping powder, and Gel-X as safe and healthy options.

  1. Gel Full Set: Gel nails are made of a flexible gel that hardens when exposed to UV light. They are odorless and do not emit any harmful fumes, making them a safer alternative to acrylics. Gel nails are also known for their durability and long-lasting shine, and they can last up to two to three weeks.

  2. SNS Dipping Powder: SNS stands for Signature Nail System, and it is a type of dipping powder that creates a long-lasting, durable manicure. This method involves dipping the nails into a powder that is made of a combination of acrylic powder and gel polish. Unlike acrylics, SNS powder does not emit any harmful fumes, and it is gentler on the natural nails.

  3. Gel-X: Gel-X is a new technique that uses soft gel extensions that are applied to the natural nails without the use of harsh chemicals or drills. This method is a healthier alternative to acrylics as it does not cause any damage to the natural nails. Gel-X nails can last up to four weeks and are known for their natural look and feel.

Gel Full Set, SNS dipping powder, and Gel-X nails come in a wide variety of colors and finishes, including matte, glossy, and glittery. They can also be customized with nail art and designs to match your personality and style.

Let’s not forget how these alternatives are also more cost-effective While acrylic nails may seem like an affordable option at first, they require frequent maintenance and touch-ups to maintain their appearance. Over time, the cost of acrylic nails can add up, especially if you factor in the potential health risks associated with the chemicals. Gel Full Set, SNS dipping powder, and Gel-X nails may cost more upfront, but they offer better value in the long run by lasting longer and requiring fewer touch-ups.


At Laveda, we prioritize the health and safety of our clients and technicians above all else. That’s why we’ve chosen to move away from acrylics and offer safer alternatives that deliver equally stunning results. If you’re looking for a healthy and comfortable manicure experience, book your appointment with us today and try one of our Gel Full Set, SNS dipping powder, or Gel-X options. Your nails (and your health) will thank you!

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