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The Help Desk Answers Your Technical Questions

June 1, 2003  | Article

Our panelists this month discuss choosing the best brush for the job, the difference betwee\n MMA and methacrylic acid, and whether yellowed nails can be whitened with chemicals. 

Keywords: crystal files   nail shapes   yellow nail syndrome   yellowing  

Competition Products That Are Built to Win

June 1, 2003  | Article

Today’s batch competition products offer great results in the nail area - as well as in the salon. We talked to top competitors to find out what it takes for a product to be deemed a winner.

Keywords: Amy Becker   competition products   competitions   Diana Tingle   John Hauk  

The Help Desk Answers Your Technical Questions

May 1, 2003  | Article

This month our readers want to know about a shadown on a backfill, a client with a splitting thumnail, and yellowing acrylics. 

Keywords: backfills   over-priming   polish drying   primers   yellowing  

Behind the Scenes: From Russia , With Style

April 1, 2003  | Article

This month’s cover comes to you all the way from Russia. Russian women are very fashion-conscious and feminine in their styles. With a full set of nails costing around $120 U.S. dollars (and rebalances costing $60) not all women can afford enhancements, but a growing number of women visit salons regularly.

Keywords: Behind the Scenes   CND   colored acrylics   doing nails for photo shoots   international  

Canada Coronates Winning Nail Techs

February 1, 2003  | Article

Jennifer Moon-Hillman of Methods Salon in Chatham, Ontario, took the top prize in the annual Contessa Awards' Nail Enhancement category. 

Keywords: Canada   Canadian nail techs   competitions   Contessa Awards   contests  

Electric Filing Techniques: Backfills

February 1, 2003  | Demo

Doing a backfill with an electric file can help you achieve faster and more accurate results.

Keywords: backfills   electric files   electric filing techniques  

Electric Filing Techniques: Repairing a Crack

February 1, 2003  | Demo

Cracks appear too often on acrylic nails, but with the help of an electric file they can easily be removed.

Keywords: electric files   electric filing techniques   enhancements   filing techniques   nail repairs  

Electric Filing Techniques: Prepping for a Full Set

February 1, 2003  | Demo

Getting the nails ready for a full set is one of the most important steps in artificial nail application.

Keywords: electric files   electric filing techniques   enhancements   filing techniques   nail prep  

Electric Filing Techniques: Removing Lifted Acrylic

February 1, 2003  | Demo

Using an electric file to remove lifted product will greatly reduce the time spent on this common repair.

Keywords: electric files   electric filing techniques   enhancements   filing techniques   product removal  

Acrylics Are Your “Bread and Butter”

January 1, 2003  | Article

Salons could easily charge, and get, $50-$60 for a full set. Those increasing service prices helped the overall industry growth upward this year (after a year that saw the overall business fall, this year we saw an increase in salon business from $6.43 billion to $6.45 billion).

Keywords: acrylic pricing   service pricing  

Troubleshooter: Removing Acrylics Without Damaging the Natural Nail

October 1, 2002  | Article

Whatever the reason your client wants to go natural, it's a good opportunity to maintain her as a client by preserving her natural nail as only a nail professional can. 

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   acrylics   product removal   removing acrylics   Troubleshooter  

The Help Desk Answers Your Technical Questions

May 1, 2002  | Article

This month's panel tackles how to buy nippers, what's happening with a damaged nail, and how mood-changing polishes work. 

Keywords: Doug Schoon   Lacinda Headings   mood changing polish   nippers   polish  

Stamp Out Lifting

April 1, 2002  | Article

It isn't always easy to figure out why a client is lifting. Work through these steps to rule out some common causes. 

Keywords: Australian nail techs   CND   lifting   nail prep  

Troubleshooter: Prepping to Prevent Lifting

March 1, 2002  | Article

The most common problem nail technicians face with nail enhancement application — especially those just starting out —: is lifting. If it isn’t the client’s fault, it may be a simple problem like improper preparation.

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   Canadian nail techs   Lee-Anne Baker-Smith   lifting   Troubleshooter  

The Help Desk Has Answers to Your Questions

January 1, 2002  | Article

This month readers want to know about triple-priming, how hydrogen peroxide works, and why polish stays longer on acrylics than natural nails.

Keywords: acrylics   Doug Schoon   hydrogen peroxide   lifting   polish adhesion  

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