Does Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator Work?Dear Ana,
I started using Qtica nail growth stimulator from Zoya a few months back. Before I started using Qtica my nails were fine, just a little dry around the cuticles. Ever since then they started peeling.
One of the girls that has a nail page on Facebook also said she was having problems with Qtica. I guess I can’t be exactly sure but I really think it might be from the Qtica.
What do you think? :(
Disclaimer: I am not a nail tech and I don’t have a science degree. What I do have is a great skill at doing thorough research and taking complex topics and simplifying them so the rest of us can understand … And I just happen to be very geeky about nails so Nail Structure and Product Chemistry by Doug Schoon is my Nail Bible … I credit all of the sciencey stuff to Mr. Schoon and the fun analogies are mine … yep, totally geeky … so, on with the show. ~Ana
In this post, I’ll cover:
- Zoya’s product description
- What I think is misleading
- What the true solutions are
- Translate the ingredient list into real language
- Show you how to be a better informed consumer
I found a few girls on MakeUpAlley.com who hated the product because it peeled and wouldn’t stay on or it made their nails peel. The rest of the 30+ reviews were very positive.
Zoya’s Product Description:
What Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator Does
My Take On Zoya’s Qtica
- It sounds like the holy grail of nail strengtheners—right?
- Who wouldn’t want stronger, longer natural nails without peeling and chipping?
- Unfortunately, this description is the result of an excellent marketing department!
Let Me Show You Why
My biggest problem starts with the product name, “Nail Growth Stimulator.”
Your entire nail is 100 layers of dead keratin cells. There is absolutely no way to stimulate the growth of dead cells!
The Real Growth Stimulator
The only way to actually stimulate growth of nail cells is to rub the area behind your cuticle—the matrix—this is where your nail is created. This brings more blood cells to the matrix which nourishes that area.
Vitamins A, C and E DO NOT keep your nails “flexible and prevent cracking.”
Water is your nail’s greatest enemy! Too much water in your nails makes them soggy, weak and overly flexible. Too little water and your nails dry out causing them to curl and snap like autumn leaves.
The Real Crack Preventer
See Up To ? Growth in 14 DaysNo product can make your nails grow faster. Period.
Three Natural Ways to Speed Up Nail GrowthBite Or Damage Your Nails—Nail plates grow faster when damaged. This is your body’s survival mechanism. You need your nails. If you turn to biting though, you’re certainly not going to see the increased growth.
Move Somewhere Warm—Nail plates grow 20% faster during the summer—due to increased blood flow to the matrix.
Get Pregnant—Nail plate growth progressively increases 3.5% to 20% during pregnancy but then slows down dramatically when nursing the baby after it’s born.
Magical Ingredients? **Next, let’s look at the ingredients and find out what all those big words really mean. I don’t see any ingredient listed that makes this product better than any typical polish formulation.
I also don’t see anything here that “strengthens the nail by bonding and locking keratin together” any better than any other bottle of polish in your drawer. The red highlighted ingredients are in Zoya’s regular color polish formulation.
ETHYL ACETATE = a solvent, used to improve application and smooth product flow.
SD ALCOHOL = a solvent, used to improve application and smooth product flow.
BUTYL ACETATE = a solvent, used to improve application and smooth product flow.
HEPTANE = a solvent, used to improve application and smooth product flow.
PROPYL ACETATE = a solvent, used to improve application and smooth product flow.
NITROCELLULOSE = a film former to make the product hard and shiny when it dries
“Nitrocellulose produces a very hard, shiny surface but does not stick to the nail plate and is too brittle. The combination of Nitrocellulose and Tosylamide Resin make a great pair. Tosylamide Resin increases flexibility and toughens the nitrocellulose while improving adhesion…Nitrocellulose is called the film former because it is responsible for creating the continuous coating on the nail plate… It’s main drawback is its tendency to yellow when exposed to sunlight or UV light.” (Nail Structure and Product Chemistry by Douglas Schoon)
ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL a solvent, used to improve application and smooth product flow.
BUTYL ALCOHOL = a solvent, used to improve application and smooth product flow.
TOSYLAMIDE/EPOXY RESIN = a resin, to make the polish tough and resilient
POLYVINYL BUTYRAL = a resin, to make the polish tough and resilient
TOSYLAMIDE/FORMALDEHYDE RESIN = a resin, to make the polish tough and resilient
“Tosylamide/formaldehyde resin (TAF resin) is a copolymer resin produced by polymerizing together monomers. It is not the same as formaldehyde. TAF resin is used to improve adhesion and toughen the polish coating. TAF resin sticks strongly to the nail plate, but it is too soft and has a dull appearance. TAF resin is currently the best nail polish resin on the market… To date, nothing compares to TAF resin for strength and durability.” (Nail Structure and Product Chemistry by Douglas Schoon)
CAMPHOR = a plasticizer to prevent chips and cracks and increase the flexibility of the polish
TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE = a plasticizer to prevent chips and cracks and increase the flexibility of the polish
TRIPHENYL PENTANYL DIISOBUTYRATE = a plasticizer to prevent chips and cracks and increase the flexibility of the polish
BENZOPHENONE – 1 = a UV stabilizer, used to prevent color fading
ACRYLATES COPOLYMER = a film former which helps with adhesion to the nail plate
DIMETHINCONOL = a silicone, to make polish spread smoothly
MERCAPTROPROPIONIC ACID = a product stabilizer
CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL = Vitamins E and K
ALLIUM SATIVUM (GARLIC) BULB EXTRACT = Vitamins A, C, B6, and K
DIMETHICONE = a silicone, to make polish spread smoothly
VIOLET 2 = Color
* The highlighted ingredients are in Zoya’s color polish formulation with the addition of Polyester Resin, Acetyl Tibutyl Citrate (biodegradable plasticizer), Sterikonium Hectorite (suspension agent), Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer (film former), and different dyes or titanium dioxide for color
* * Zoya doesn’t provide the above ingredient list on their website. This list was found online from an Amazon reseller of the Qtica Formula. If you would like a copy of my research with credits, please email me at Ana (at) SimpleNailArtTips (dot) com
Do Additives Really Add Something?
“There are a variety of highly specialized additives that are available to the skilled polish formulator. Even very tiny amounts of these special additives can give dramatic differences in performance Some examples are ingredients used to improve wetting and adhesion or to stabilize colorants. Of course, there are also some additives that serve absolutely no function other than to increase consumer appeal like proteins, calcium, vitamins, minerals, and fibers. These ingredients do nothing for the nail plate or the polish but they sound great on the label!”(Nail Structure and Product Chemistry by Douglas Schoon)
Nail Polish companies don’t make money if they tell you that all your nails need is 18% water and 5% sebum or jojoba oil to stay strong and flexible.
So they rely on the fact that you don’t know what all those big words mean in their ingredient lists. Heck…I didn’t either before I started doing research for this post! Companies rely on the fact that you will assume they know better because they have a lot of money to put into research and development.
Please know that I have nothing negative to say about Zoya. They make great polishes that are adored by nail technicians and the nail community. In fact, I own several of their polishes as well. I just want you to be able to separate the marketing hype from the truth.
My hope is that you will read nail polish product descriptions with a clearer eye and if you’re still not sure… Ask Ana!