Treat Yourself to a Manicure, Ottawa—and Feel Good about It, Too!
When you make an appointment for a manicure in Ottawa, you want to know that you’re getting the best possible service—from people who know exactly what they’re doing! Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about the products and methods used both at home, at nail salons in Ottawa, and around the world. In the interest of spreading the truth, we’re going to tackle popular myths about manicures and nail care, from the insidious to the downright silly! Here goes:
Myth: Nail products that contain chemicals are bad for you—and the chemicals will seep into your bloodstream, too!
Truth: Okay, there are a few things to address here. First is the misconception that “chemicals”—which literally make up all physical matter—are inherently harmful. In this context, people usually mean substances that aren’t naturally occurring, but that doesn’t make it any more correct. In fact, most allergic reactions are caused by organic ingredients, and an organic product requires preservatives, or else it will rot. As for seeping into your bloodstream, everything used at a nail salon in Ottawa is acrylic-based. Acrylics polymerize (harden like plastic) as they dry, leaving nothing to do any seeping!
Myth: Your nails need to breathe!
Truth: I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, but your nails are dead. In fact, they died as soon as they formed—the nail plate is composed entirely of dead keratin cells. Much like your hair, there is very little you can do to the exposed part to affect healthy growth. However, your cuticle does need to breathe, and an experienced Ottawa manicure specialist will always leave a tiny strip of breathing room for it.
Myth: You can strengthen your nails by eating gelatin!
Truth: Like I said before, nails are made out of keratin, not gelatin. In fact, there is no conclusive proof that any particular supplement or “miracle food” can give your nails superior strength—but an unhealthy diet lacking in protein can certainly weaken them.
Myth: You can make your nails dry faster by dipping them in ice water!
Truth: Drying them… with water? What? No. The solvent in the polish needs to evaporate—it can’t do that if you make it wetter. Next.
Myth: I’d love a manicure, but I don’t think it’s appropriate for me!
Truth: This is perhaps the most insidious myth of all—that treating yourself to clean, beautiful nails is only for younger people, or only for women, or not for people in your line of work, et cetera. The truth is, everyone and anyone can enjoy a manicure in Ottawa. Whether it’s just having your cuticles treated, nails filed, and hands moisturized, or going all out with exciting colours of polish, you can enjoy all the benefits of a manicure, no matter who you are.
Now that you know the truth, it’s time to hit up your favourite nail salons in Ottawa, and treat yourself to something nice.