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Hard Vs. Soft: A Closer Look At Gels

August 4, 2014  | Article

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. 

Keywords: gels   Light Elegance   NSI   soak-off gels  

Are Gel Manis Safe? FingerNailFixer Tells All

May 5, 2014  | Video

Would you like some scientific facts about gel manicures instead of just opinions? How about some factual data that you can look at for yourself and decide on the safety of your manicure. Here is some information from Holly Schippers (The FingerNailFixer) to give you the opportunity to make a fact-based decision.

Keywords: curing   FingerNailFixer   gel-polish   gels   UV light safety  

NAILS Editor Hannah Lee on The Today Show

May 2, 2014  | Video

NAILS editor Hannah Lee appeared on The Today Show on Friday, May 2, 2014, as the counterpoint voice to a new study that says UV nail lamp users may have an increased risk of skin cancer. Hannah pointed out that you are exposed to more UVA rays from natural sunlight walking or driving to the salon than you can in a UV lamp. Last year's study by Drs. Dowdy and Sayre is the benchmark we should all refer to.

Keywords: gel-polish   gels   Hannah Lee   media coverage   UV light safety  

Chemist's Corner: Traditional Gel

March 18, 2014  | Demo

With so many newer gel-based inventions on the market (soft gels, gel-polish, soak-off gels), how does hard gel stand out? Director of research and development at Nubar, Dr. Norair Arkoian, and Light Elegance president Jim McConnell explain it all.

Keywords: chemist's corner   gels   Jim McConnell   Light Elegance   Nubar  

Chemist's Corner: Gel-Polish

February 21, 2014  | Article

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.

Keywords: chemist's corner   education   gels   OPI products   techniques  

Scheduling Time for Safe Removal

February 14, 2014  | Article

With the surge in gel-polish clients, it’s now crucial to seamlessly integrate no-damage removal into your service repertoire. Our gel-polish experts show you how.

Keywords: gels   product removal   removing gels  

Aerovex Systems' Sunflower II Nail Dust Collector

February 11, 2014  | Video

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.

Keywords: acrylics   Aerovex Systems   air filtration   gels   ventilation  

Study Reaffirms UV Lamp Safety

December 28, 2013  | Article

Supporting findings made in earlier studies, the latest independent, peer-reviewed study demonstrates that UV lamps commonly used for hardening gel-polish are safe and do not increase the risk of developing skin cancer. 

Keywords: gels   NMC   UV light safety   UV lights  

The Truth About Gel Manicures

January 4, 2013  | News

InStyle magazine dispelled a couple long-standing misconceptions about gel manicures this month and provided remedies on how to keep gel nails healthy.

Keywords: CND   gels   healthy working   OPI products   Orly  

Don’t Rush the Gel-Polish Removal Process

December 26, 2012  | Article

According to a new informational brochure from the Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety, UV gel manicure products should only be applied to healthy nail plates and are best avoided if nail plates are overly thin, weak, or damaged.

Keywords: gels   product removal   removing gels  

Extreme Nailing

September 30, 2012  | Article

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.

Keywords: acrylics   Canada   Canadian nail industry   Canadian nail techs   cold weather promotions  

Extreme Nailing

August 31, 2012  | Article

Does our environment change how we do nails? Do techs living in climates where it dips into double digits below zero work differently than techs who live where it’s nearly 100 degrees with 80% humidity?   

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   Canada   Canadian nail industry   Canadian nail techs   effect of weather on nails  

On My Mind: A Tale of Two Labs

June 28, 2012  | Article

Editor Hannah Lee got to tour the City of Hope headquarters as well as CND's research and development lab and found that a lot can be learned by stepping out of the office or salon  and taking time to develop professionally.

Keywords: charity   CND   gels   Hannah Lee   how products are made  

Get the Facts on Gels

May 18, 2012  | Article

Gel manicures and pedicures have been available, and safely used, in salons for more than three decades, says the PBA’s Nail Manufacturer’s Council.

Keywords: gels   NMC   PBA   UV light safety   UV lights  

P2 Is Solvent-Free

May 18, 2012  | Article

Light Elegance has just reformulated its P2 UV Polish to remove the solvents that were once in it.

Keywords: gels   Light Elegance   solvents  
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