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 Nail polish is a solvent-based coating containing pigments and/or dyes used to create decorative effects on fingernails or toenails. It debuted in 1900 as a glossy nail varnish (applied with a camel-hair brush) that wore off in a day, but today’s polish is the icing on the manicure — and pedicure — cake. More than 90% of nail technicians retail polish in their salons and spas, and more than half of nail technicians offer three or more polish lines in their services.

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Required Reading

Secret Ingredient: Nail Polish

May 19, 2011

From tosylamide/formaldehyde resin to stearalkonium bentonite, ingredient names can sound more like a top secret formula for NASA than a recipe for regular old nail polish. Each of these ingredients, however, has a purpose and plays a part in the overall performance of the polish.

How to Remove a Polish Spill

April 21, 2011

It always happens on the worst possible day. You’ve been at the salon since the wee hours of the morning, you’re finally on your last client — and then, oops, a red polish bottle slips and spills on your white shirt (or even worse, all over your new salon uniform). Before you resort to decorating the rest of your outfit with “artsy” nail polish spills to match, consider giving one of these pieces of advice from your fellow nail techs a try.

The Finish Line

October 1, 2010

As fashion designers experiment with different textures on the runway, nail polish manufacturers keep up with an array of stylish nail polish finish offerings — from the traditional cream to the edgy suede. One nail tech shares her expertise to help you sort through all of the jargon and match the appropriate client to the appropriate finish.

On My Mind: Become a Color Expert

September 1, 2009

Become a color expert for your clients.

8 Ways to Keep Polish from Smudging

July 1, 2008

Techs share their tried-and-true methods for avoiding “Oops, I dinged my polish.”

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