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What’s the best way to clean my acrylic brush?

October 01, 2008

What’s the best way to clean my acrylic brush?

Answer

If a tech is working with a natural hair brush, it’s best to use some clean monomer in a ceramic dish and soak the brush while the tech finishes filing the customer. If the brush has hardened product that can’t be removed, it should soak over night.  

I like using monomer better because specialized brush cleaners often use acetone as the main ingredient, and if you use it on a natural hair brush it can dehydrate the hair and make it fan out. But in extreme cases where monomer won’t remove the acrylic, brush cleaners or acetone should be used.

If the brush does lose its shape, put liquid soap on it to reshape it and then let it sit for 48 hours. After that, rinse the brush and soak it in monomer again for at least two hours. The soap kind of works like a conditioner for the bristles; it helps bring the bristles back to their original shape. — Heidi Bender of Artistry Nails in Phoenix is an educator for Young Nails.

 

 

How can I prevent lifting when my client's hands are constantly in water?

I have a client who is in the medical field so her hands are constantly in water. She has me keep the length of her acrylic nails short. No matter what I do, she always has at least one nail that comes off, and she always has lifting and gets water under the acrylic. I prep the nails correctly, I have a cuticle bit to clean the cuticle area, and I wipe the nail with alcohol, dehydrate the nail, and prime the nail. What should I do?

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