February 1993 Issue

Our 10th anniversary issue, with Florence Griffith-Joyner on our cover.

Nails: Lisa Postma, a nail technician at Hair Conspiracy in Torrance, Calif., and a manufacturer’s educator, sculpted Flo-Jo’s nails using odorless acrylic.

Photography: Daniel Ray Photography

Hairstyling and makeup: Elizabeth Sloan of VIZ

Model: Florence Griffith-Joyner

Are All Acrylic Powders Created Equal?

February 1, 1993

Acrylic powder consistencies vary and so does their workability. Choosing one powder over another depends on the nail technician’s sculpting technique and ability.

Could my nails have been damaged permanently by acrylics or electric filing?

February 1, 1993

I wore acrylics for about four years before removing them a year and a half ago. It took four months for my nails to grow out and return to normal. All but one nail is now strong and healthy. The bad nail (on my ring finger) is split vertically and there is a ridge where it splits. The nail grows slower on one side of the split than the other—it never grows straight and I have to keep filing one side down the nail is also still very weak. My nails were healthy and strong before I started using acrylics. Could my nails have been damaged by the acrylics or by the filling? Is this permanent or is there something I can do to bring it back to normal?

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