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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  

photoinitiators

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Ingredients that absorb light (usually UV light) and convert it into the energy needed to drive the polymerization process.

Keywords: chemicals   nail chemistry  

pH

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The measure or level of hydrogen ions (H+) in water-based solutions; used to determine the acidity (pH1.0-6.0) or alkalinity (pH 8.0-14.0) of water-based solutions; pure water has a pH of 7.0.

Keywords: chemicals   nail chemistry  

nitrocellulose

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Nitrocellulose is a polymer used in the production of many nail polishes and top coats.

Keywords: chemicals   nail chemistry   polish   top coats  

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  

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  

Extreme Nailing

August 31, 2012  | Article

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?   

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   effect of weather on nails   gel troubleshooting   gels   nail chemistry  

oligomer

June 8, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Oligomers are short chains of monomers.

Keywords: gels   nail chemistry  

Secret Ingredient} Acetone

February 14, 2012  | Article

The clear and dear friend that makes polish removal a snap, and acrylic and gel removal possible, is a bedrock for the nail industry.

Keywords: acetone/removal products   nail chemistry   Secret Ingredient  

Secret Ingredient: Callus Softeners

December 21, 2011  | Article

Callus softeners are potent liquid formulas applied to heavy callus areas to soften them for more effective pedicure filing. So what exactly is in these softeners? Here’s a profile of three of the most common active ingredients in callus softeners today.

Keywords: callus   callus removers   nail chemistry   pedicures  

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  

liquid-to-powder ratio

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

The liquid to powder ratio is the balance of liquid monomer to acrylic powder (polymer); it is important that the manufacturer’s recommended ratio be achieved in order for the hardening process to take place; incorrect or out-of-balance liquid-to-powder ratios can cause a variety of problems with acrylic, including yellowing, bubbling, or crystallization.

Keywords: acrylics   colored acrylics   liquid-to-powder ratio   nail chemistry  

nanotechnology

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Nanotechnology is defined as the study and control of matter that is sized from one to 100 nanometers. A nanometer then, is equal to one billionth of a standard meter, which equates to being about 100,000th the width of a human hair.

Keywords: chemicals   nail chemistry   nanotechnology  

Where's the Cuticle?

August 10, 2009  | Video

Chemist Doug Schoon on the importance of knowing the anatomy of the nail.

Keywords: Doug Schoon   nail anatomy   nail chemistry  
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