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Gel Smarts: The Science Beneath the Surface

July 31, 2017  | Article

Not surprisingly, it takes a scientist to describe the science behind today’s gel technology. We asked some experts in the field to explain what makes gels gel — and the best ways to remove them.  

Keywords: gel removal   gel-polish   gels   hard gel   removing gels  

Does Acrylic or Gel Ruin Your Nails? Suzie Asks Doug Schoon

February 23, 2017  | Video

Many viewers have asked whether Acrylic or Gel Enhancements Ruin your natural nails. Suzie brings in scientist Doug Schoon to answer this question.

Keywords: acrylics   client health   Doug Schoon   gels   product removal  

MMA Fighter Toughens Up with Gel Toes

December 27, 2016  | Article

“I’m using gel because of its durability and because it makes my nails tough, so the nail is protected when kicking against a hard surface,” says Lightweight MMA fighter Damon Tavangar.

Keywords: gels   nail strengtheners  

The 10 Worst Things a Nail Tech Can Do

December 17, 2015  | Article

Whether a result of inexperience or bad habits, these 10 troubles tend to consistently trip up techs. Can you honestly say you have never committed any of these major missteps?

Keywords: callus removers   client health   continuing education   gels   removing gels  

Under-Curing: Learn the Signs

May 4, 2015  | Article

If protecting your clients’ health is your top priority, then changing your UV bulbs regularly should rate equally high on your to-do list.

Keywords: curing   gels   UV light safety   UV lights  

Hard Vs. Soft: A Closer Look At Gels

August 4, 2014  | Article

Before there was gel-polish, there was gel. Making its debut in the mid-1980s, this product was designed as an enhancement for clients who desired a glossy, durable finish. While many clients might think there is a big difference between gel and acrylic, gels actually rely on ingredients from the acrylic family. Perhaps the tougher distinction to make is between hard (traditional) and soft (soak-off) gels. 

Keywords: gels   Light Elegance   NSI   soak-off gels  

Are Gel Manis Safe? FingerNailFixer Tells All

May 5, 2014  | Video

Would you like some scientific facts about gel manicures instead of just opinions? How about some factual data that you can look at for yourself and decide on the safety of your manicure. Here is some information from Holly Schippers (The FingerNailFixer) to give you the opportunity to make a fact-based decision.

Keywords: curing   FingerNailFixer   gel-polish   gels   UV light safety  

NAILS Editor Hannah Lee on The Today Show

May 2, 2014  | Video

NAILS editor Hannah Lee appeared on The Today Show on Friday, May 2, 2014, as the counterpoint voice to a new study that says UV nail lamp users may have an increased risk of skin cancer. Hannah pointed out that you are exposed to more UVA rays from natural sunlight walking or driving to the salon than you can in a UV lamp. Last year's study by Drs. Dowdy and Sayre is the benchmark we should all refer to.

Keywords: gel-polish   gels   Hannah Lee   media coverage   UV light safety  

Chemist's Corner: Traditional Gel

March 18, 2014  | Demo

With so many newer gel-based inventions on the market (soft gels, gel-polish, soak-off gels), how does hard gel stand out? Director of research and development at Nubar, Dr. Norair Arkoian, and Light Elegance president Jim McConnell explain it all.

Keywords: chemist's corner   gels   Jim McConnell   Light Elegance   Nubar  

Chemist's Corner: Gel-Polish

February 21, 2014  | Article

Getting behind the science of gel-polish is no easy feat, but with a better framework for its chemistry comes improved technique and the ability to educate clients. NAILS picked the brain of OPI's Dr. Paul Bryson for some user-friendly answers.

Keywords: chemist's corner   education   gels   OPI Products   techniques  

Scheduling Time for Safe Removal

February 14, 2014  | Article

With the surge in gel-polish clients, it’s now crucial to seamlessly integrate no-damage removal into your service repertoire. Our gel-polish experts show you how.

Keywords: gels   product removal   removing gels  

Aerovex Systems' Sunflower II Nail Dust Collector

February 11, 2014  | Video

The Sunflower II System by Aerovex Systems is an air filtration device for dust removal. The powerful cyclone system draws in UV-gel and acrylic nail dust as well as other air pollutants. It now features new, brighter LED lighting, and for a limited time still available with standard 20 Watt Halogen lighting.

Keywords: acrylics   Aerovex Systems   air quality   gels   ventilation  

Study Reaffirms UV Lamp Safety

December 28, 2013  | Article

Supporting findings made in earlier studies, the latest independent, peer-reviewed study demonstrates that UV lamps commonly used for hardening gel-polish are safe and do not increase the risk of developing skin cancer. 

Keywords: gels   NMC   UV light safety   UV lights  

The Truth About Gel Manicures

January 4, 2013  | News

InStyle magazine dispelled a couple long-standing misconceptions about gel manicures this month and provided remedies on how to keep gel nails healthy.

Keywords: cnd   gels   healthy working   OPI Products   Orly  

Don’t Rush the Gel-Polish Removal Process

December 26, 2012  | Article

According to a new informational brochure from the Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety, UV gel manicure products should only be applied to healthy nail plates and are best avoided if nail plates are overly thin, weak, or damaged.

Keywords: gels   product removal   removing gels  
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