February 14, 2012
The clear and dear friend that makes polish removal a snap, and acrylic and gel removal possible, is a bedrock for the nail industry.
Keywords: acetone/removal products nail chemistry Secret Ingredient
February 14, 2012
Doug Schoon is a well-known chemist in the nail industry who has been instrumental in keeping nail techs, salon owners, and clients informed on important scientific findings regarding the nail industry.
Keywords: Doug Schoon websites to watch
November 28, 2011
SELF Magazine, in the November 2011 issue, put together a list of ways to pump up manicures and maximize results for your clients. According to Maridel Reyes, it's always good to tune-up your technique.
Keywords: client health customer service nail diseases nail strengtheners tips
November 18, 2011
Watch and listen while industry scientist Doug Schoon walks you through 10 episodes of the educational series “Doug Schoon’s Brain.”
Keywords: Doug Schoon nail diseases
November 18, 2011
Genadur is the first FDA-approved treatment to help strengthen fragile, brittle nails. According to manufacturer Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals, Genadur helps improve the condition with a once-daily brush-on application that may start showing results in as little as 14 days.
Keywords: brittle nails
September 16, 2011
The proverbial bread in the polish sandwich, base and top coats help polish adhere to nails and prevents nails from chipping and breaking.
Keywords: base coats Secret Ingredient top coats
August 18, 2011
Resin in the nail industry refers to a cyanoacrylate glue used for adhering tips to natural nails, for gluing silk and fiberglass wraps, and for acrylic dipping systems. So what exactly is in it? Where did it come from? And how are techs using it today?
Keywords: glue resin Secret Ingredient
August 16, 2011
Yep, you heard right. Though not a licensed nail tech, Cy Tymony, author of the new book Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things, has created an innovative way to use simple, small, and inexpensive electronics to make a fun and interactive nail art design that really shakes things up.
Keywords: 3-D nail art advanced nail art
August 5, 2011
Pink, white, or colored, acrylic powder is often seen as the more important partner in a liquid-and-powder relationship. What makes it so special? Is it a secret ingredient? You may be surprised to learn what’s actually in there.
Keywords: acrylic powder acrylics EMA glitter methyl methacrylate
June 27, 2011
Monomer is a Greek term that means “one part” or “one unit.” (Mono means “one”; mer means “unit.”) But beyond “monomer,” what is the liquid that we use day in and day out? We’ve listed the ingredients necessary in every formula, regardless of manufacturer.
Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting acrylics how products are made Secret Ingredient
June 20, 2011
How to fight hangnails.
Keywords: cuticle oil dry skin Essie hangnails
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.
Keywords: chemicals ingredients polish Secret Ingredient
March 14, 2011
What’s really going on when your client puts her hand in the nail lamp? We explain what gel is made of and why it works so well.
Keywords: colored gels Doug Schoon gels LED lights Light Elegance
November 22, 2010
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To help combat germs in the salon, knowledge, a commitment to your clients, and an assortment of professional sanitation methods can keep you in the clean.
Keywords: disinfection salon sanitation working safely
November 16, 2010
Not all nails are perfect. Some are thin, some are ridged, and some have cracks and tears. But luckily techs have a number of natural nail products to strengthen and treat a variety of nails. Here’s a quick guide from Nail Tek’s Mary Jo Zwirowski.
Keywords: nail diseases Nail Tek nail treatments natural nail care