June 1, 2011
You learned a lot in school, but once you start working full time with clients you’ll see that minor mishaps with nail enhancements will occasionally pop up to frustrate and challenge you. To help you out when they do, here's some handy troubleshooting advice on fixing the more common acrylic and gel problems.
April 29, 2011
When you work with liquid and powder, one of the key elements is mix ratio. Here Holly Schippers, our FingerNailFixer, some tips on figuring out how to check and perfect your mix ratio.
April 26, 2011
FingerNailFixer shows you how to perfect (and practice) your smile lines with acrylic.
April 19, 2011
Texting can put a damper on the edges of clients’ thumbnails and throw off the whole shape of the nail. Here’s a quick fix, in between fills and/or polish changes, from Dianna Medeiros of Woodbury Heights, N.J.
January 3, 2011
The smile line is the lengthwise point on a nail where the nail bed ends and the free edge starts, it is a half-circle that somewhat resembles a smile; also used to describe the artificial creation of the same line with acrylics, gels, or other enhancements. For many nail technicians, achieving the perfect smile line can be tricky.
October 1, 2009
INM's Rachel Mouritsen explains the difference between applying odorless acrylics and standard acrylics.
November 6, 2008
Creating different bead sizes
Mix ratio techniques
January 1, 2005
Think nobody knows the troubles you’ve seen? In fact, the problems facing new techs are predictable and preventable. Read on for the cures to 10 common newbie nail woes.
January 1, 2004
We’ve compiled the many possible causes of lifting along with some handy solutions to take some of the guesswork out of your work.
January 1, 2003
Some diehard fans of the oval nail remain - causing problems for some nail techs who can’t seem to get the same result they would with the square look.
October 1, 2002
Whatever the reason your client wants to go natural, it's a good opportunity to maintain her as a client by preserving her natural nail as only a nail professional can.
March 1, 2002
The most common problem nail technicians face with nail enhancement application — especially those just starting out —: is lifting. If it isn’t the client’s fault, it may be a simple problem like improper preparation.
December 1, 2001
Applying a thin acrylic overlay to a vertical split on the nail can help protect it from further damage, while still allowing the client to wear her nails natural
August 1, 1998
Is bigger really better? Yes, say many nail technicians who claim that learning how to use a larger brush led to a more time-efficient service for their clients.
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