NAIL TERM GLOSSARY M
NAIL TERM GLOSSARY
Our nail term glossary is a resource provided to our customers which offers simple definitions for various terms used in reference to nail care.
Please feel free to peruse our glossary for any terms you wish to define.
Nail paint/polish made by large companies and considered conventional.
Condition of a disease that is deteriorating and potentially fatal.
Cosmetic treatment to make hands look beautiful.
Table used by nail technicians to perform their work.
Someone who is licensed to perform nail services.
When nail paint and the skin around the nails match so much that they resemble the hands of a mannequin.
Skin before the cuticle and at the base of the nail.
A manicurist who directly works for a product manufacturer or a company that makes nail care products.
Brush used to mix nail paints.
A cosmetic product that is used to retain moisture or lighten the skin, typically used on face or hands.
Massage refers to rubbing or pressing parts of the body in order to provide therapeutic benefits.
Area from where the nails start to grow.
A nail finish that is not shiny or glossy.
Matte Top Coat
A Top Coat that gives matte (non-glossy) finish.
Pedicure that is focused on calluses and remedying fungus and other germs that might negatively impact foot health.
Medispa or medical spa is a healthy facility that offers therapeutic spa treatments.
Melanonychia is brownish black discoloration of nail plate caused by melanin pigmentation of the plate.
Beauty services that are meant for men.
A cooling substance found in mint plants such as peppermint.
Mesh Size is defined as the number of openings in a square inch and helps to determine the size of granular material such as acrylic powders in nail art. Smaller mesh means bigger particles and bigger mesh means smaller particles.
Bones in the palm which join finger bones with the carpal bones.
Bones in the human foot which join the ankle bone with toes.
Salt of methacrylic acid used in making nail primers as nail enhancement products.
Acidic substance used in nail primers.
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
A colorless sweet odor liquid used as a solvent in many industries. In nail care it is used in acetone free nail polish remover.
Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)
A substance banned by the FDA for use in nail products.
Methyl Methacrylate Polymer (PMMA)
Methyl Methacrylate Polymer is not the same as MMA that is banned by the FDA since 1978. PMMA is much safer than MMA and used in many nail products.
Methylene Chloride is banned by FDA and cannot be used as solvent in nail products.
Mica is used in nail paints to add shimmer.
Nail file with very high grit.
Refers to microscopic organisms: bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, algae and viruses.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure which is used to renew skin tone and texture by removing the top layer of skin.
Mildew A white colored fungus.
Refined petroleum oil.
Tiny water droplets suspended in air made by spraying liquid through air.
Refers to liquid to powder ratio of products to achieve perfect hardening of nail products.
Refers to nail technician who travels to their customers to provide the services.
Lotion, cream or oil that adds water/moisture to the skin.
A fungus that grows on damp or decaying organic matter.
Monomer liquid reacts with polymer powder to form sculpted nails.
The pink/white semi circled shape at the base of the nail (whitish crescent at the base of the nail).
Nail art in which the moon is painted in such a way that it enhances lunula (whitish crescent at the base of the nail).
MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)
List of hazardous chemicals and the precautions regarding them, in a product. Used to determine safe shipping, storage and use requirements.
A disorder characterized by white, transverse lines on the nail bed
Multi-Media Nail Art
Nail art that uses more than one media to prepare nails such as brushes, paints, rhinestones, gels, et cetera, at the same time.
A nail polish which shows different colors when seen from different angles.
Harmless small lump that occurs near a nail.