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Bubble Trouble

byNAILS Staff | July 1, 1997

Next to lifting, bubbles in acrylic product may be a technician’s peskiest problem. To eliminate bubbles, Creative Nail Design’s president Jan Arnold suggests these solutions, which are also found in the company’s Dial 911 class curriculum:

  • Avoid using product that is too wet. This may cause excessive shrinkage, enlarging tiny bubbles.
  • Never apply product on wet primer. Solvent in the primer may become trapped in the enhancement and may vaporize, causing bubbles.
  • Don’t “over-pat” your product. Excessive patting whips air into your product; use a press and smooth technique instead.
  • Avoid excessive heat as heat speeds evaporation of the monomer, leaving little bubbles on the surface of the nail. Beginning nail technicians looking for additional advice on mastering the skills of their trade can check out Creative Nails 101, a new class offering from the Creative Academy designed especially fro movies. This five-hour course teaches fundamentals, such as the proper way to hold a brush, fit a form, or blend a tip, along with basic sanitation principles and communications skills. For more information, call (800) 833-NAIL.,   
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Foot Forward Summit 2019

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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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