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
November 1, 2010
The findings by three nail industry scientists contradict the conclusions of a medical report that warns of an increased risk of cancer on the hands after exposure to a UV nail light.
Keywords: Doug Schoon gels Jim McConnell Light Elegance OPI products
August 1, 2010
In and of themselves, thick nails pose no danger to a client, but they often indicate a larger problem. Techs can protect themselves and their clients if they proceed with caution.
Keywords: applying enhancements to unhealthy nails nail diseases onychauxis skin conditions
May 1, 2010
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet, with research going into its use in electronics, energy, construction, and even into cosmetics.
Keywords: anti-aging Entity Beauty nanotechnology SPF
April 1, 2010
Fair-trade cooperatives in Morocco benefiting women have made the oil skyrocket in popularity — it’s not just good for users, it’s now also beneficial for local harvesters.
Keywords: argan oil ingredients Secret Ingredient
March 1, 2010
Chamomile has been used for centuries in Europe as a popular herbal treatment for numerous ailments, and chamomile tea is said to have mildly sedating effects.
Keywords: ingredients Secret Ingredient