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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.

Keywords: acrylics   enhancements   gels  

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.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   gels   polymer  

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.

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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.

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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  

design acrylics

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Another term for colored acrylics; refers to the powder component (polymers) of the acrylic system. [See also colored acrylics]

Keywords: acrylics   colored acrylics   nail art  

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