Technique - Topic : how products are made

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Secret Ingredient: Acrylic Liquid

June 27, 2011  | Article

 Monomer is a Greek term that means “one part” or “one unit.” (Mono means “one”; mer means “unit.”) But beyond “monomer,” what is the liquid that we use day in and day out? We’ve listed the ingredients necessary in every formula, regardless of manufacturer.

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   acrylics   how products are made   Secret Ingredient  

What’s in a File?

August 1, 2003  | Article

From filing to shaping, a nail file is one of the most important tools in any nail service. Use this guide to prep you on files — from grit types and what files are made of to what to look for in a quality abrasive.

Keywords: files   filing techniques   Flowery   how products are made   how products work  

Carbide Bit Basics

October 1, 2000  | Article

Carbide bits have little blades (like microscopic razor blades) that cut at an angle. Unlike bits with a sandpaper-like surface that grid, carbide bits actually shave the acrylic, which means less pressure is required

Keywords: carbide bits   how products are made   Kupa  

Time to Shine

April 1, 1998  | Article

Just because the buffing step is last doesn’t mean it should be glossed over. Perfecting you buffing skills can transform natural or artificial nails from good to great.

Keywords: abrasives   buffing   files   filing techniques   H&H Products  

Re-Investing the Nail Tip

September 1, 1997  | Article

The latest tip styles are all about flexibility and of serving the needs of as many different clients as possible while making the nail technician’s job easier. Many of today’s designs are the result of suggestions from nail technicians themselves.

Keywords: backfills   Backscratchers   CND   Cuccio Naturale   European Touch  

Gel Formation

September 1, 1997  | Article

Gels are highly sensitive and tricky to produce. Keeping strict control over temperature and environment is critical for product quality.

Keywords: gels   how products are made   ingredients  

The Ultimate File Guide

August 1, 1997  | Article

From functional to just plain fun, nail files come in hundreds of styles. Most are a matter of personal preference, but there have been some advancements that can make your work faster and easier:

Keywords: abrasives   buffers   files   filing techniques   Flowery  

Inside A UV Light

August 1, 1997  | Article

Thanks to technology old heavy UV lamps have given way to today's sleek and quick models. Their production is subjected to rigorous quality control.

Keywords: gels   how products are made   UV lights  

How Products Work: Primer

February 1, 1995  | Article

Keywords: Doug Schoon   how products are made   Larry Gaertner   primers  

How Products Work: Fiberglass

January 1, 1995  | Article

Here's a quick lesson in the chemistry and physics of fiberglass wrap systems.

Keywords: fiberglass wraps   how products are made  

Are All Acrylic Powders Created Equal?

February 1, 1993  | Article

Acrylic powder consistencies vary and so does their workability. Choosing one powder over another depends on the nail technician’s sculpting technique and ability.

Keywords: acrylic powder   acrylics   how products are made   polymer  

Today’s Wonder Top Coats to the Rescue

September 1, 1992  | Article

Can today’s chemically enriched, specially formulated top coats do more than provide a hard, glossy finish?

Keywords: effect of UV light   fast dry top coats   formaldehyde   how products are made   polish drying  

Picture Perfect Polish

September 1, 1991  | Article

How does this complex chemical formula create such great-looking nails? 

Keywords: how products are made   how products work   polish  

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Files (Now you don’t have to ask.)

May 1, 1991  | Article

Simply the one item you cannot do without, the file is the work horse of the nail salon. There is no nail service that you don’t use if for. It is probably your least expensive tool and it’s very likely the tool every one of your clients has at home. But as nail care has become more complicated and more sophisticated, so too even the simplest of implements.

Keywords: files   how products are made  

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