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The Latest and Greatest Gels: Soft/Soak-Off

Technique > 8 Photos

These brands have a soft spot for soak-off gels. 

Keywords:  Bio Sculpture Gel   Bio Seaweed Gel   Cacee   CND   gels  

The Latest and Greatest Gels: Hard/Traditional

Technique > 18 Photos

These companies prove it’s not hard to find a strong, glossy traditional gel. 

Keywords:  American International Industries   Amore Ultima Gels   Artistic Nail Design   Backscratchers   ENP Nail Designs  

Playing Footsy

Technique > 27 Photos

These individual foot care products, most of which are part of a complete pedicure system, are hand-selected company favorites.

Keywords:  Alessandro   Alfalfa Nail Supply   Backscratchers   Bio Creative Labs   Bio Sculpture Gel  

What's Hot in Acrylics?

Technique > 26 Photos

Your favorite brands have been busy developing even more products to keep the acrylic faithful coming back for more.

Keywords:  acrylics  

The Next Generation of E-Files

Technique > 15 Photos

From battery-operated to bejeweled, the newest e-files on the market aim to meet the needs of today’s nail tech. Take a look at what’s available so you can file in style, and check out our list of helpful e-filing tips too.

Keywords:  electric files  

Flocking Flurries: 3-D Textured Nail Art Products

Style > 16 Photos

The season’s forecast calls for more 3-D textures. If you’ve been digging through the craft store bins for trendy caviar beads or fuzzy velvet fibers, you may want to try your beauty supply store instead. Many manufacturers create the tiny beads and other tactile accessories specifically with nail looks in mind.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   Backscratchers   Bio Sculpture Gel   Christrio   ciate  

Gels Are Here to Stay: 19 Potted Gels That Never Go Out of Style

Technique > 19 Photos

For clients with weak, brittle nails who want extra strength to those who covet wild extensions, gels can offer something for everyone.

Keywords:  Alessandro   Artistic Nail Design   Bio Sculpture Gel   CND   En Vogue  

Watching Paint Dry: 15 Terrific Top Coats

Technique > 15 Photos

Within minutes and sometimes even seconds after application, manicures and pedicures become dry to the touch.

Keywords:  Bio Sculpture Gel   China Glaze   CND   Cuccio Naturale   Duri  

A Decal Declaration: Nail Art Appliques

Technique > 11 Photos

Keywords:  Americanails   Cina   Dashing Diva   decals   Empower Nail Art  

Are You Pedi Ready?

Technique > 16 Photos

Take a look at these pedicure systems available to nail techs and see what will keep the clients coming back.

Keywords:  American International Industries   Backscratchers   Bio Creative Labs   Bio Sculpture Gel   CND  

I Heart Acrylics

Technique > 20 Photos

The cornerstone of the nail industry’s foundation, acrylics helped build the manicuring business into what it is today.  Manufacturers are still continuing to innovate and improve upon the products and techniques. With support from manufacturers and with die-hard acrylic clients, the art of an acrylic sculpt and 3-D design is thriving among the latest generation of acrylic nail technicians. Here are some of the latest acrylic products.

Keywords:  3-D acrylics   acrylics   Alfalfa Nail Supply   Backscratchers   Cacee  

E-File Skills & Video Stars

Technique > 13 Photos

Here are some of the top e-files on the market and the latest videos online to help you stay on top of the game.

Keywords:  electric files  

Hand-Decorated Cell Phone Cases

Style > 6 Photos

Why limit your artistry to nails alone? These techs found another outlet for their creative juices by decorating their smart phone cases..

Keywords:  cellphones in the salon   handpainted nail art  

Top E-Files On the Market

Technique > 11 Photos

Mastering an e-file is no simple feat, but with so much education coming out now with hands-on video tutorials, nail techs have a better chance than ever to become e-file top guns at their salons. Here are some of the top e-files on the market and the latest videos online to help you stay on top of the game.

Keywords:  Americanails   Antoine de Paris   Atwood Industries   electric files   En Vogue  

Let It Soak: Gel-Polish Removers

Technique > 12 Photos

To meet the soak-off needs of all of the gel-polish lines, manufacturers have begun to release their own brands of soak-off solutions and remover wraps to help techs get an effective and thorough soak for clients. These gel-polish removal liquids have added hydrating emollients to keep the removal process soft on skin, while still effectively removing all the gel.

Keywords:  acetone/removal products   All Season Nails   Americanails   CND   ENP Nail Designs  
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