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self-leveling

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The property, usually used to describe gel products or some acrylic products, that allows it to even out on its own, without being pulled or patted or sculpted into form; products that are self-leveling usually require less filing than those that are not.

Keywords: acrylics   enhancements   gels  

sculptured nails

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Artificial nails created by fashioning or “sculpting” acrylic over the underlying natural nail or on a nail form without an artificial tip.

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sculpt

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Sculpting nails is the technique used to create a nail extension without the use of a tip; sculpting requires a form to be attached underneath the natural nail’s free edge, then product is applied in nail shape to extend the length; called sculpting because it starts with a ball of product that is molded or “sculpted” into the shape of a natural nail.

Keywords: acrylics   enhancements   gels  

powder

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Materials that have been finely ground or pulverized into very small, individual particles; the term typically refers to the polymer powders used to create acrylic (liquid/powder) systems; these substances are usually blends of finely ground methacrylate polymers. Acrylic powder was already in use in dentistry before it was ever applied to nails.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   enhancements   nail chemistry  

polymer

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Polymer refers to the chemical bonding of many smaller individual organic monomers into a large structure, i.e. hair is a polymer of thousands of amino acids connected into chains; also refers to the powder part of an acrylic system.

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pink-and-white

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An acrylic service, usually with acrylics, incorporating both white and pink powders so a nail technician can create a realistic-looking acrylic nail; the process uses white powder on the tip and pink on the nail bed.

Keywords: acrylics   French manicures   gels  

overlay

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Any coating created by fashioning acrylic, fiber wraps, or gels over the underlying nail or artificial nail tip.

Keywords: acrylics   enhancements   gels   tips   wraps  

odorless acrylics

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A term used to describe acrylic systems that are not easily detected by the human sense of smell; the procedure for working with odorless acrylic systems is not exactly the same as “traditional” acrylic systems.

Keywords: acrylics   odorless systems  

monomer

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An individual, reactive chemical unit that may be linked to one another to form a polymer; the liquid component in acrylic systems.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   enhancements   nail chemistry  

mix ratio

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The amount of polymer powder mixed with the monomer liquid; also known as consistency.

Keywords: acrylics   nail chemistry  

methacrylates

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A family of monomers used in several types of nail enhancement systems.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   enhancements   gels  

light-activated acrylics, UV-cured acrylics

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A liquid-and-powder acrylic system that requires UV light to cure or harden, rather than simple exposure to air.

Keywords: acrylics  

fast set acrylics

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A type of acrylic that is chemically configured to cure/harden (“set”) faster than traditional systems; fast set systems are favored by some competitors or experienced nail technicians or others who don’t need time to “work” with the product.

Keywords: acrylics   competition products  

esters

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A general term used to refer to the liquid monomers used in acrylic liquid formulation; the product formed when an organic acid reacts with an alcohol; all nail coating polymers, except for polishes, contain esters.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   nail chemistry  

enhancement

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A term for artificial nails preferred (over “artificial nails”) by many nail professionals; can refer to acrylics, gels, wraps, or tips.

Keywords: acrylics   enhancements   gels   wraps  

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