Expanding Your Horizons

Great Starter Products for Newbie Nail Techs

As a newbie, you may not be familiar with all the product options available to you. Here we’ve gathered some products that may be useful as you start your career.

Bellissima International’s Starter Kit has everything you need to start offering Bellissima Gel services right away. The soak-off gels come in a range of colors as well as solid builder and sealant gels. The kit comes in a convenient tote with Soak Away, Nail Wipe, files, buffers, and more.

Star Nail’s Eco Nail Systems Soak Off UV Gels come in a variety of colors and are formulated to prevent chipping, peeling, or smudging for perfectly balanced manicures that can soak off in as little as five minutes. The colors Moroccan Clay, Hibiscus, and Paradise Purple are just a taste of the delicate color palette available in the Eco line.


Essie’s ejuvenate is a revolutionary system for younger-looking hands. The comprehensive hand treatment is infused with proven spa-quality age-defiers like rice extract, arginine, vitamins A and C, glycolic acid, and licorice root extract to help combat signs of aging and reveal new, younger-looking skin.

NSI’s Polish Pro combines a fusion of raw materials that include oligimers, monomers, photoinitiators, and diluents, to result in one of the most resilient natural nail manicures or pedicures on the market, says the company. The thin-viscosity formula applies easily like polish, but when cured it has a toughness, scratch-resistance, flexibility, and adhesion that allows the manicure to look like new for a full two weeks.

LeChat’s Perfect Match Gel Polish applies like nail polish but wears like gel. This quick-and-easy gel polish cuts the service time in half and will give a deep sleek finish without chips, smudges, or drying time. The color is long-lasting and chip-resistant. Every package of the 22 colors includes a free Dare to Wear nail lacquer that perfectly matches the color.

Entity’s Rainforest Pedicure Kit uses rich nutrients, exotic ingredients, and curative energies to revitalize skin as well as the soul. The soak, scrub, mask, and nanotechnology-based lotion work in harmony for an experience that is sumptuous and relaxing to all senses. The products are inside recyclable packaging and each purchase supports the use of renewable rainforest crops.

SpaRitual introduces Handprint Hand Serum with powerful botanical antioxidants. This intensive moisturizer and ultra-rich hand serum is made with 72% certified organic ingredients and formulated with the very best in plant-based ingredients. Powerful botanical antioxidants have been added for maximum effectiveness in slowing the effects of environmental damage, while restoring the skin’s elasticity, soft texture and complexion, leaving the hands smooth and supple.

Light Elegance’s P2 is the latest formula from the company, which prides itself in its quality of gels and range of colors available. The bottles give 11.8-ml. of high-quality brush-on gel polish that will give excellent coverage after curing. P2 helps eliminate partial curing and is flexible to stay balanced on the natural nail.

Continuum’s Simplicity pedicure chair requires absolutely no plumbing or installation. Just plug it in, fill the tank, and you’re ready to start pedicuring. The lightweight removable tub easily fills from any sink without hoses or connectors, and the soothing shiatsu massage will relax clients in no time. It features an adjustable centered leg support with contoured foot rests, wood veneers with industrial-grade finishes, and chemical-resistant surfaces.

Xtreme Nail’s Designer Tips come in multiple shapes, sizes, and designs to give the nail tech unlimited creative control over her extensions. The tips apply and blend easily and provide excellent strength and durability for lasting wear.

Jessica Cosmetics’ GELeration is a 26-color brush-on gel polish line that the company says can last for more than three weeks with no chipping, peeling, smudging, or fading. GELeration works great for both manicures and pedicures, cures quickly in LED and UV lights, and goes on easily. The brush-on gel polishes can also be purchased in a starter kit with buffers and files to help you get started.

Mehaz’s Professional Triple Cut has a stainless steel straight-edge blade that makes it easy to cut tips on acrylics. The Triple Cut also has a single tip trapper to safely catch nail clippings for a neat and clean workspace, and the entire tool can be disinfected in solution without damaging the handle or blade.

Nubar’s kit for its UV Soak-Off Infinity Gels contains six colored gels, a clear builder, brush, prep, prime, and more. Infinity Soak-Off Gels are high-shine gels that can replace nail polish in a spectrum of colors. They apply easily and soak off in as little as 10 minutes.

T4’s iSpa has an iPod dock and hi-fi speakers and a conical back that prevents the music from bothering others. The spa basin also features a SaniSmart jet that can be used with a disposable liner, a single hot/cold control mixer, a multi-functional showerhead with backflow prevention, push button switches, and a built-in LED light.

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