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Gel Smarts: The Science Beneath the Surface

Gel Smarts: The Science Beneath the Surface

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.  

MMA Fighter Toughens Up with Gel Toes

MMA Fighter Toughens Up with Gel Toes

“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.

The 10 Worst Things a Nail Tech Can Do

The 10 Worst Things a Nail Tech Can Do

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?

Under-Curing: Learn the Signs

Under-Curing: Learn the Signs

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

Hard Vs. Soft: A Closer Look At Gels

Hard Vs. Soft: A Closer Look At Gels

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.

Are Gel Manis Safe? FingerNailFixer Tells All

Are Gel Manis Safe? FingerNailFixer Tells All

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.

NAILS Editor Hannah Lee on The Today Show

NAILS Editor Hannah Lee on The Today Show

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.

Chemist's Corner: Traditional Gel

Chemist's Corner: Traditional Gel

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.

Chemist's Corner: Gel-Polish

Chemist's Corner: Gel-Polish

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.

Scheduling Time for Safe Removal

Scheduling Time for Safe Removal

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.

Aerovex Systems' Sunflower II Nail Dust Collector

Aerovex Systems' Sunflower II Nail Dust Collector

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.

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