June 15, 2011
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
June 15, 2011
3-D nail art takes nail art out of the flat dimension; it means a design that stands up off the nail. Although generally not worn for everyday wear, 3-D nail art is popular among nail competitions for its nearly limitless possibilities (it is also sometimes called "fantasy nail art."
Keywords: 3-D nail art fantasy nail art Lynn Lammers
June 1, 2010
Tucked into the corners of dark ballrooms at nail shows, some of the best nail technicians in the world compete against one another, sculpting dazzling nail art designs and perfectly precise C-curves. But what is it like to be a competitor? NAILS takes a quick look at the competition schedule of one veteran and one novice competitor at ISSE Long Beach this past January.
Keywords: Akzentz blogs C-curves competing competitions
May 3, 2010
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From January 30 through February 1, 40,000 beauty professionals attended ISSE, up 21% from 2009 and breaking the show’s all-time attendance records. The show featured 397 exhibitors, which is up 3% from 2009.
Keywords: Backscratchers Bellissima Entity Beauty Essie European Touch
October 1, 2009
Lynn Lammers is once again NAILS’ top competitor this year. With a whopping 117 points, Lammers has reclaimed her #1 status from last year. Coming in second was Odyssey’s Trang Nguyen, and in third was England’s Kristy Meakin.
Keywords: competitions Lynn Lammers Top 25 Competitors tradeshows
July 1, 2009
This method for backfilling pink-and-white enhancements takes only a few seconds to learn, but it can save minutes on your service times and give you beautiful, laser-crisp smile lines. Lammers says once you’ve mastered this technique, you’ll wonder why you did it any other way.
Keywords: backfills electric filing techniques fills Lynn Lammers pink-and-whites
January 27, 2009
Lynn Lammers demonstrates how to sculpt long acrylic nails. See more of her work at www.myspace.com/lynnberry1972.
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January 27, 2009
NAILS' cover tech artist Lynn Lammers demonstrates sculptured acrylic pink and white nails with backfill and rebalance. She specializes in sculptured pink and white acrylic nails rather than tip and overlay or gel. See more work at www.myspace.com/lynnberry1972.
Keywords: acrylics Lynn Lammers sculpting
January 1, 2009
This month's editor's note is written by 2008's #1 competitor, Lynn Lammers of Redlands, Calif.
Keywords: competitions continuing education Lynn Lammers professional image
October 1, 2008
A 20-year nail tech has the chops for big competitions.
Keywords: Behind the Scenes competing glitter acrylics Lynn Lammers pink-and-whites
September 1, 2008
Competition-level nails take practice, but mastering certain skills will get you in the game.
Keywords: acrylics competing competitions Lynn Lammers smile lines