Tim Crowley

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Secret Ingredient: Cleansers

Secret Ingredient: Cleansers

by Tim Crowley

Cleansers are used in the nail industry to remove oils and moisture from the nail plate prior to product application. The cleanser temporarily dehydrates the nail plate so it is better able to adhere to the product about to be applied, thus helping prevent service breakdown.

Brandi Kanady, in her late 20s, says, “I think people have more stupid reasons not to like them...

Acrylics are Not Dead

by Tim Crowley

With the sudden rise of brush-on gel-polish bringing many new customers into salons, it seems nail techs are seeing fewer tried-and-true acrylic customers. With new products on the market, traditional acrylic users now have more options to choose from, but there is still a seat at the manicure table for them.

Huynh poses with the catch of his life on the banks of the Red River near Fargo, N.D.

Males Who Do Nails

by Tim Crowley

With a growing number of men opting to pay bills and forge careers from behind a nail table, NAILS takes a look at some male techs to find out what they think of their chosen profession and how they’re ­making it in a female-dominated industry.

Owner Nancy Som (right) opened Dipped Nails in Redondo Beach, Calif., under the guidance of her...

On The Road: Dipped Nails

by Tim Crowley

Blocks up from the sand on a quiet stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach, Calif., first-time salon owner Nancy Som opened Dipped Nails seven months ago with a desire to achieve, a strong work ethic, and an ace up her sleeve.

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