The NAILS Encyclopedia is a reference tool written specifically for professional nail technicians. We cover nail diseases and disorders, the specialized terms pertaining to nail art and design (including what brushes help you create specific strokes and lines), histories of the top companies and nail professionals, product ingredients popular and obscure, as well as hundreds of other terms and concepts to contribute to your knowledge as a nail professional. The NAILS Encyclopedia is a “living document,” not unlike Wikipedia, where users can contribute content and elaboration that makes definitions both clearer and deeper. We've also connected articles on our website as “required reading” for certain topics, which will connect both basic and historical articles on topics directly to the Encyclopedia entry.

Please contribute your thoughts and additions in the Comments section on the word, and if you'd like to see words or people added, e-mail us directly. And, heaven forbid, if we've made any errors, let us know right away. We plan to continue adding and updating indefinitely.

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