Artificial nails created by fashioning or “sculpting” acrylic over the underlying natural nail or on a nail form without an artificial tip.
Before there was gel-polish, there was gel. Making its debut in the mid-1980s, this product was designed as an enhancement for clients who desired a glossy, durable finish. While many clients might think there is a big difference between gel and acrylic, gels actually rely on ingredients from the acrylic family. Perhaps the tougher distinction to make is between hard (traditional) and soft (soak-off) gels.
This design was created by AnGel educator Albee Chen using AnGel Artist Gel from Ikonna.
Getting behind the science of gel-polish is no easy feat, but with a better framework for its chemistry comes improved technique and the ability to educate clients. NAILS picked the brain of OPI's Dr. Paul Bryson for some user-friendly answers.
As shorter nails trend, many nail techs are using nail wraps as a way to give their clients stability while still maintaining that natural look. And as nail wraps make their way back into the limelight, other creative product uses are emerging as well.
Kari McQuitty, an Amore educator and owner of the salon All About Nails, in Alberta, Canada, discovered that traditional watercolor paint meant for paper canvases makes a great introductory nail art medium.
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