Frequently asked questions...
Do you have a cancellation/no-show policy?
Yes, it is strictly enforced. We ask that you cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance. Because we schedule your appointment time exclusively for you. This means If you cancel less than 24 hours you will be charged 50% of the service fee and if you No Show to your appointment you will be charged 100% of the service fee. No exceptions.
Are Nail Techs required to be licensed?
Yes, as stated by Virginia Department of Occupational Regulations (DPOR) Sec. 54.1-703 No person shall offer to engage in or engage in barbering, cosmetology, nail care, waxing, hair braiding, tattooing, body-piercing, or aesthetics without a valid license issued by the Board, except as provided in Sec. 54-1-701.
What is an ANT (Advanced Nail Tech)?
An Advanced Nail Technician-Certified (ANT-C) is a state licensed nail professional who has completed additional advanced classroom and/or online training toward achieving a higher level of education in sterilization-level prevention. Advanced Nail Technicians possess skills toward presenting services properly to clients who are at risk, and more importantly they are trained to recognize out of normal conditions and perform safe professional pedicure and nail care services.
Is this a Nails Only Salon?
Yes, we only provide nail and foot care services.
How long has this salon been in Business?
This salon is a newly established salon, opened August 2016; However the salon owners & nail technicians have been established and licensed nail technician for over 20 years.
Do you take walk-ins?
425 Nail Bar's focus is on Quality of Services, Not Quantity of Clients! We strongly recommend clients to reserve appointments in advance. However, when time permits, yes walk ins are embraced.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments are made online here on our services page by clicking BOOK NOW or by clicking here. Please note a credit card is required to reserve your exclusive nail reservation and will not be charged unless you do not cancel your appointment 24 hours in advanced or you do not show to your appointment. Please also note that appointments made by phone or text message still require credit card information to reserve your appointment.
Do you offer multi-service & group discounts?
Our services are priced and listed in our brochure and on this website, if there are any discounts or specials running, they are listed on our website in the promotions & events link or posted in the salon and on our social media pages.
Do you service Men?
Yes, Absolutely, in fact Men are encouraged to come in and be groomed. Good grooming is essential, our classic manicure & pedicure services focus on the basics, nothing is attractive about rough dry skin, overgrown cuticles, and ragged nails regardless of gender!
Can you provide services away from the salon, such as a private spa party or girl's night out?
Yes we do cater to Girl's Night Out celebrations, however in doing so we only provide basic manicure and pedicure services. Planning an event? Need our services? Contact us for more information!
Are tips accepted?
Sure they are! Our aim is to provide exceptional pampering services! Tips show the appreciation of your quality of services, we appreciate your generosity.
How much are your full sets, fills, Minx, Manicures, etc.?
Because our website contains all information about service descriptions and prices, it is recommended that you review this information before scheduling your appointment. If you need additional information please call or schedule a consultation appointment, at this time we will review your nails and feet in order to schedule and price the best service(s) to meet your needs.
Do you do artificial nails, gel, acrylics, etc.?
Yes, our specialty is acrylics, we do perform acrylic, gels, nail wraps & more! We cannot assume responsibility for the work and/or products of other nail salons and nail technicians. If your service needs consist of nail enhancements and repairs, it is recommended that you have the old product removed.
What are Acrylic Nails?
Acrylic is a liquid & powder mixed applied with a brush that will harden (cure) without UV lamps in 2 minutes or less.
Does enhancements damage natural Nails?
If applied & maintained properly, nail enhancements should not negatively affect natural nails. However, the potential for damage exists. Clients wearing enhancements must be willing to care for their nails on a regular basis, normally every two weeks. If enhancements are not properly maintained, moisture could become trapped between the enhancement and natural nail, and a bacterial infection could result. Please note that wearing your nails at unreasonable lengths, using them as tools and doing nail repair yourself could cause damage to your nails. Regular maintenance is important when wearing enhancements, removal of enhancements must be done gently, some products can be removed by soaking in acetone, while others must be file off.
Do you use drills?
We use E-files, but if you prefer that we manually hand file your nails, we are skilled in this area as well. We are focused on nail enhancements while maintaining healthy nails, however there are times where an e-file (known in the industry as drills) is necessary to give you that flawless finish, please note we never use e-files on natural nails.
What are Gel Nails?
Gels otherwise called UV Gels are types of Nail Enhancements that when exposed to a UV light source harden to cure. Like all artificial nail products, gel nails belong to the acrylic family of chemicals consisting of monomers (oligomers) which cure (harden) when exposed to UV light. Benefits to Gels include:
• Virtually odor-free
• Adhere well without acid primers
• no excessive filing
• durable, shiny finish which resists solvents
Do you offer gel polish?
Yes, we offer gel polish in combination with a basic manicure, we also offer gel polish as an add-on to any nail enhancement service. Please note gel polish manicures not performed by our salon requires removal and there is an additional cost to remove the gel services of any other establishment.
Are Gels better than Acrylics, which service would be best for me?
Nail Enhancements products share similar chemistry, they all belong to the family of acrylic chemicals. Nail Resins & adhesives (used in various nail wraps) contain cyanoacrylates, Acrylic (liquid & powder systems) contain methacylates, and UV Gels combine methacrylates & acrylates. They all cure differently, Resins & adhesives react to moisture, acrylics cure through a reaction known as polymerization where single molecules or monomers link together to form multiple molecule chains or polymers, curing of acrylic begins when an initiator molecule absorbs energy from heat or light. Acrylic systems utilize body heat to cure, while Gels require UV lights to cure. Strength and flexibility of nail enhancements depends on its molecular structure. Gel & Acrylic Systems contain cross linkers that form complex, three dimensional structures, they are stronger, more durable and more resistant to solvents such as water and acetone. When contemplating any type of nail enhancements, factors to consider include the health of your natural nails, your lifestyle, activities and resources. As stated, The service that would best suit your needs would depend on a number of factors, also consider allergic reactions to products, length, etc. To determine which service best suits your needs it is recommended to schedule a consultation appointment prior to servicing to determine what works best for your situation..
What are Diamond, Crystal, Porcelain & Solar Nails?
As a consumer, you are entitled to know about the products applied to your nails. Salons who falsely advertise any artificial nails as "better than acrylics" reveal how ignorant and gullible they expect consumers to be.
Falsely advertised services include:
• Gel - a layer of gel over liquid and powder acrylic. True gel nails consist entirely of acrylic oligomer gel (acrylates) cured with a UV light; there's no powder.
• Solar - a misleading name for any French-style (pink and white) nails, it also exploits a brand trademark.
• Crystal - a fancy name for clear tips covered with acrylic monomer liquid and clear polymer powder.
• Porcelain - clay heated to 1200°F cannot possibly be used for nails, yet this ridiculous name persists.
• Diamond Nails- applied by brushing a resin glue on to the nails and then dipping the nail in to diamond powder." The powder is not "diamond;" it's acrylic. Instead of acrylic liquid (ethyl methacrylate), this dip procedure uses an adhesive (cyanoacrylate) with acrylic powder (ethyl and methyl methacrylates).
Furthermore, you should be wary of any manicurist who claims that his/her acrylic product will not break. The FDA banned manicurists from using methyl methacrylate (MMA), a particular type of liquid monomer also known as dental acrylic, after numerous complaints of allergic reactions, nerve damage and permanent nail deformities. MMA has a very strong odor and the cured product is exceedingly hard and difficult to file, which is why many salons use drills/electric files. To protect consumers, Virginia's Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (DPOR) prohibits false advertising, the misrepresentation of beauty services and the use of MMA. Consumers should report any negative experiences directly through its Consumer Complaint process.