November 20, 2012
Yellowing is the discoloration and breakdown of artificial nail coatings by ultraviolet light, excessive heat, or chemical contaminants.
August 31, 2012
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?
August 1, 2012
Once you start working with clients regularly, you may run into minor mishaps that will challenge you. To help you out when they do, keep this chart handy for pointers on fixing some of the most common problems.
October 13, 2011
There are a variety of nail issues, from the everyday bitten-nails to the all-out chip or crack, that require you to call in reinforcements. Whether using acrylic or gel (or even a tea bag), we offer some ways to strengthen nails into long-lasting beauts.
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.
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
August 1, 2007
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