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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  

Russian Sable

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The fine fur of an animal found in northern Russia, which is used in nail care brushes.

Keywords: business cards   enhancements  

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  

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  

nail wrap

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Paper, silk, linen, fiberglass, or other fabrics or mesh that are applied in combination with cyanoacrylate as a natural nail coating, nail extension, or over a tip.

Keywords: enhancements   wraps  

nail tips

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Tips is a broad term describing pre-molded plastic artificial fingernails that are adhered to the natural nail to create an extension; (2) the money given to a service worker on top of the service price.

Keywords: enhancements   nail tips   tips  

nail prep

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The portion of a nail service, usually an acrylic service, that focuses on reducing the moisture and oils on the natural nail so that a tip or sculpt will adhere best; often, problems with acrylic nails are the result of incomplete nail prep.

Keywords: enhancements   nail prep  

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  

methacrylates

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

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

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   enhancements   gels  

French manicure

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A nail style that includes a white tip and a pink nail bed; can be achieved with nail polish, airbrushing, nail art paints, specialty tips, or colored acrylics; there are many variations of this look, but generally a “French” manicure incorporates one color on the nail tip and another on the nail bed.

Keywords: enhancements   French manicures   natural nail care  

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  

dehydrate

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

To remove water from the surface of the natural nail in order to promote adhesion of polishes or enhancement products.

Keywords: enhancements   nail anatomy  

acrylics

June 15, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Acrylics refers to any of a group of clear, synthetic resins used to make plastics, paints, etc. Nail enhancements (or artificial nails) made by combining a liquid acrylic product (monomer) with a powdered acrylic product (polymer); the two products form a soft ball that can be molded into a nail shape that adheres well to the natural nail or a tip; once applied, the acrylic hardens into a strong artificial nail that can be filed and buffed to a high shine.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   enhancements   liquid-to-powder ratio   Lynn Lammers  

acrylic dip powder

June 15, 2011  | Encyclopedia

A nail salon service that entails an application of adhesive (usually cyanoacrylate) to the natural nail or to an applied tip, then dipping the still-wet nail into an acrylic powder (polymer). The process is usually repeated two or three times to build up a strong artificial nail, which is then filed or buffed into shape, then shined.

Keywords: acrylic dip powder   enhancements  

The Queen of Wrap

February 16, 2011  | Demo

Madelyn Johnson has been a licensed nail tech for 22 years, presently servicing clients at New Again Nail Spa & Boutique in Houston. Johnson’s early clientele had a fondness for wraps, leading her to become a skilled wrap expert, even earning a placement in the 2005 Nailympics in Las Vegas in the category. She is also an educator for Star Nail. Here she shares one of her most common fiberglass wrap procedures over a tip.

Keywords: enhancements   fiberglass wraps   gels   resin   Star Nail Products  

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