Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I take the time to have my nails professionally manicured?


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 30-45 minutes. Artificial nail services, such as tips, acrylics and gels, average about an hour. The cost is quite reasonable, and the results are well worth it.

How to Care for Your Hands and Nails with OPI Products



Swiss Blue” Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap: Thoroughly washes away germs and bacteria.
The gentle, non-drying formula is excellent for repeated use.

Swiss Guard’ Antiseptic Handwash Gel: Kills bacteria and germs on contact.
Great for travel, diaper or gym bag Can be used anytime, anywhere without rinsing.

Avoplex’ Moisture Replenishing Lotion: An excellent moisturizer for your entire body!
Soothes and conditions skin and won’t cause lifting of artificial nails.

Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil: Gently massage into cuticles and dry, rough areas twice a day to replenish essential moisture and lipids

N.A.S. 99* Nail Antiseptic Spray:
Gives nails a clean start and prevents bacteria and fungus growth. 

OPI Nail Adhesive:
Repairs nail breaks and cracks fast!
(Be sure to see your nail professional for a proper repair).

OPI Emery Square:
This double-sided square is perfect for smoothing edges and rough spots while being gentle on cuticles.

OPI and Nicole Nail Lacquer All the award-winning fashion shades you need for beautiful nails! Keep on hand for touch-ups.


Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment:
Smoothes and soothes! Massage into cuticles twice weekly to slough away excess, dry cuticles.

OPI Reusable Cuticle Stick:
Use the soft rubber tip to gently push back cuticles.


1. OPI Regular or Non-Acetone Polish Remover and OPI Nail Wipes: Removes nail lacquer quickly without leaving behind lint.

2. Chip Skip: Apply one coat to natural nails, or to regrowth area only of artificial nails, before applying base coat.
Base Coat: On natural nails, apply one coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat or Start-to-Finish Base Coat.
Top Coat & Nail Strengthener or chosen Nail Envy’ formula.
For artificial nails, apply one coat of OPI Acrylic Nail Base Coat.

3. OPI and Nicole Nail Lacquer.
These high-glosses, chip-resistant formulas come in a multitude of award-winning fashion
shades to suit every mood! Apply two coats over chosen base coat or treatment.

4. RapiDry Top Coat and RapiDry Spray or Drip Dry: Use this quick-drying team to protect your manicure and get you out the door fast!

5. OPI Reusable Cuticle Stick: Dip the flat edge into OPI Polish Remover and wipe away any remaining lacquer on skin.

6. Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil: Apply one drop to each cuticle.

How long will a basic manicure or pedicure last?


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.
Maintaining your nails between salon visits with OPI products will give your nails a just-manicured look.

What are the main advantages of artificial nail applications?


For people who have a tendency to bite or pick at their nails, there is a 90 percent success rate of stopping with artificial nail applications. There are two reasons for this.
– First, people are less likely to ruin something they’ve spent time and money on.
– Secondly, nail biters are generally inspired by having beautiful hands for the first time in their lives.
Ask your professional nail technician about OPI’s Competition Formula 3000™ Advanced Acrylic System. It can give you the long, healthy-looking nails you’ve always wanted!

Does OPI manufacture products containing DBP or toluene?

Beginning in Spring 2006, OPI eliminated DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from all Nail Lacquers, Nail Treatments, and Nail Hardeners it manufactures. Beginning in January 2007, OPI eliminated toluene from all Nail Lacquers it manufactures. Toluene-free formulas have been approved for all of our Nail Treatment and Nail Hardener products; some of these formulas are already being manufactured, and the others will be on the market in the next few months.

Does OPI Nail Lacquer contain formaldehyde as an ingredient?


Will my natural nails continue to grow under the acrylics?

Yes. If your nail technician uses good products, such as the OPI acrylic system, and applies and maintains them correctly.
Artificial nails can actually improve the health of your natural nails by protecting them from biting, picking, excess moisture and other elements that can weaken or damage them.

How are artificial nail applications maintained?


Every two weeks your nail technician will fill in the area near the cuticle between where the natural nail has grown and where the artificial nail or tip is attached.
This “fill” includes re-sanitizing and re-applying the acrylic where it has grown out.

What are gel nails? How do they differ from acrylics?


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 Like acrylic, gels can be applied over the natural nail or over artificial nail tips.

What is a “Pink and White” nail service?


“Pink and White” refers to the use of two colors of acrylic applied to the nails to produce a more permanent, natural-looking “French” manicure look.
OPI calls this the dual-tone nail.
The tips of the nails are sculpted using white acrylic.
The base of the nail is then overlayed with warm or cool pink, depending on your skin tone.
OPI’s Competition Formula 3000™ is the only acrylic product that allows your nail technician to customize the shades of pink and white used for the most natural looking dual-tone nails.

How long do artificial nail applications usually last?

Artificial nail applications should be maintained every two weeks.
It is important to have regular fills because if the acrylic lifts away from the natural nail, moisture and bacteria can accumulate between them.
A professional nail technician can spot problem areas better than someone with an untrained eye.

How long will it take for my nails to return to normal after removing my acrylics?

If your natural nails were filed properly in the beginning, and if you’ve been maintaining your artificial nails with regular visits to the salon, your nails will be in good condition after the acrylic nail is removed.
Be sure to use OPI’s Nail Envy™ Natural Nail Hardener to strengthen your natural nails, condition your cuticles with Avoplex® Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil and have regular manicures to maintain healthy nail growth.

Why do nails split or become yellow ?


Nails can split or yellow for a number of reasons.
Excessive exposure to the elements or chemicals, poor diet, nail biting and other habits can be the cause.
To strengthen nails, use OPI’s Nail Envy™ Natural Nail Hardener.

Does OPI test its products on animals?


No. OPI products are not tested on animals.

What are the rules regarding:
sanitation & disinfection of the instruments used for salon nail care services?

While each state’s board of barbering and cosmetology have different regulations pertaining to salon sanitation procedures, it just makes good sense for a salon to do the most, not the least, when it comes to preventing the spread of contagious diseases.
At OPI, we believe that technicians should thoroughly disinfect all implements and surfaces prior to each client’s appointment.
Technicians should also practice a thorough hand sanitation regimen to prevent the spread of germs and fungus.
OPI’s Swiss Clean Professional Salon Sanitation and Disinfection System is designed to fight germs at two important levels in the salon: effective sanitation of the skin and nails, and hard surface and implement disinfection.
Any salon that doesn’t follow conscientious sanitation practices is probably not a good choice for a nail service.

Why is this necessary? What are we being protected from?

Common viruses — such as those that cause colds and flu — are easily spread from hand to hand. Your nail technician is in direct contact with your hands for long periods of time, which makes both of you vulnerable to viruses and other contagious diseases.
The OPI hand sanitation system includes Swiss Blue Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap, Swiss Guard Antiseptic Handwash Gel, a waterless hand sanitizer that kills bacteria and germs on contact, and N.A.S. 99 Nail Antiseptic Solution.
A nail technician should never begin a service without using these types of products!

How can I do touch-ups and repairs on my nails at home?

OPI has a Hand and Nail Maintenance Kit which can be purchased at your salon.
It is specifically designed to supply the most essential nail care products for use between professional manicures.
It contains all the products you need to properly care for both natural and artificial nails in an attractive carry-all bag.