They try to fool you and say that they are gel by adding a UV top coat. Gel nails are purely gel. Acrylic nails should be acrylic and gel nails should be gel. If they apply gel nails with a powder substance and a liquid, then these are not gel nails. Do I Have MMA Acrylic Nails?These are few of the possible ways to tell: •Very low pricing for acrylic service (not a special sale or offer). •Acrylics are extremely difficult to file, even with coarse abrasives. Typically salons that use MMA will only use a drill with a very coarse drill bit to grind away the product. •Acrylics are difficult or impossible to remove with acetone or other solvents. Typically salons that use MMA will use an implement to force the acrylic from your nail plate. This causes damage to your natural nail plate. •Technicians or management are secretive about the acrylic products being used. They may say "OPI", but it may be that they are using OPI containers that contain MMA liquid. •Nail plate can lift or split causing bleeding or infections after jamming or breaking a MMA nail. MMA nails do not "give" like "EMA" acrylics. How can I avoid MMA Acrylic Nails?Typically "discount shops" are known for the use of MMA, however it can happen in any salon•If the price for acrylic nails sounds too good to be true, it may be that the shop is using MMA liquid monomer. MMA liquid monomer is very cheap compared to the safer EMA liquid monomer. Therefore, shops can afford to offer acrylic nails for really low prices. •If the odor in the salon you visit is extremely strong and fruity smelling, the nail technicians are all wearing masks, the nail technicians all use drills, and the nail technicians do not use proper removal methods for acrylic, then the shop could be using MMA liquid. A few of the more popular brands of professional acrylic systems that contain NO MMA are OPI, Creative Nail, EZ Flow, Tammy Taylor and Kizmit. These bottles are well labeled. Simply ask your nail technician which one is used on your nails, and have them reassure you that their system contains NO MMA. Please note however, the majority of these devious nail tech place MMA in these type of containers as well. Don't always believe the bottle. FYI: MMA only refers to Acrylics; UV Gels and Fabric Wraps of any brand are not affected by MMA. . Report the Use of MMAIf you know of someone who is using MMA containing products, or suspect that someone is using them in a salon, report your findings to your local State Board of Cosmetology and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. You may also file a report with the Nail Manufacturers Council at 3l2.245.1595.