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.,
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.
Watch as nail tech Tiffany Nguyen uses the Xtens Nail System to apply pre-made French/pink-and-white and French ombre gel nail tips to create quick and easy sculpted-style gel nails. Plus, nail artist Hong Nhung shows a marbleized nail design using gel-polish.
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.