NAILS 35th Anniversary Flashback: 2007, Rockstar Toes

by NAILS Staff | May 30, 2018

Rockstar toes (also called “glitter toes”) burst onto the nail scene in 2007. This messy mix of gel or acrylic product and loose glitter brought a new level of color and sparkle to the toes. While clients loved the bling, techs loved the fun — and the $20-or-so upcharge. Though rockstar toes saw their popularity peak between 2011 and 2013, glittery toenails remain with us, and better quality glitters and micro-glitters have improved appearance and wearability.

The technique has also improved since the look was first introduced. “I apply my glitter with a little makeup brush now, instead of back in the day when we were just dumping the glitter onto the nail. We were wasting more than we were using!” recalls Las Vegas-based nail tech G Elizondo.

Nail tech Melba Mosley demonstrates reflexology techniques on colleague Apryl Moore, while...


Foot Forward Summit 2019

by Staff

NAILS' second Foot Forward Summit was held in Atlanta August 11-13. Nail techs gathered for speaker presentations, advanced education, and networking.

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Up Your Acrylic Skills: Mix Ratio

by Tracey Lee

Even though mix ratio is fundamental to learning about liquid-and-powder acrylic application, it’s still one of the biggest challenges for nail professionals in the salon. The performance and longevity of our product is hugely affected by an incorrect mix ratio.

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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms


What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

by Holly Schippers

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.


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