Oligomers are short chains of monomers. They are a key ingredient in UV gels, giving give it its basic properties (shininess, rigidity) after curing.
[photo: Nubar’s Infinity UV Gel]
We take the temperature of the gel nail community about the pervasiveness of painful curing experiences, and also offer science-backed advice for how to ensure your clients don’t experience a gel nail heat spike.
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.
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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