July 11, 2016
A notion persists in our industry that nails need to breathe. Learn why this seemingly logical idea is actually a fallacy.
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October 28, 2014
Let's go back to the basics on acrylics.
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February 11, 2014
The Sunflower II System by Aerovex Systems is an air filtration device for dust removal. The powerful cyclone system draws in UV-gel and acrylic nail dust as well as other air pollutants. It now features new, brighter LED lighting, and for a limited time still available with standard 20 Watt Halogen lighting.
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November 2, 2012
When dealing with acrylic odor, of course fume extraction is very important, but so are good work habits, says Jesse Bruner, owner of Jesse David Nail Design in Wilmington, Del.
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September 30, 2012
Depending on conditions, clients’ hands and feet may be puffy, moist, and sweaty or cold, dry, and numb. A tech needs to know how to compensate for these changes so she can apply product to a consistent, stable nail surface each time.
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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.
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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.
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April 1, 2010
When nails are weary, weak, and inching toward the eponychium, a modified nail tip can be a great way to protect nails and encourage them to grow.
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December 1, 2009
Adding nail enhancements to bitten nails can be a rather complicated and tricky procedure.
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July 1, 2009
Creating the perfect set of acrylics could be considered an art, but the foundation behind it is found in the science. NAILS breaks down the chemistry behind liquid-and-powder in laymen's terms.
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April 1, 2009
For those rare occasions when one of your clients has to remove her acrylics on her own, outside of the salon, make sure she is prepared and does it correctly so she does not damage her nails. Here’s a tear-out do-it-yourself sheet for your clients and some tips from fellow nail techs on how to handle this subject with your clients.
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May 1, 2008
You may be surprised to learn that scotch tape is a key ingredient when repairing badly damaged toenails. Athena Elliott, the owner of SPAthena in Houston and a certified Medical Nail Technician, describes her method of rebuilding toenails when clients have very little nail.
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September 1, 2004
This month's panelists answer reader questions about nail conditions.
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July 1, 2002
"I have been a nail tech for a little over two years and I still have trouble blending the tips so that they don’t show through the acrylic at all. Do you have any advice?"
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