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Gel at Home

Recently, long-lasting gel polish has gained a significant at-home appeal, according to Allure magazine's December 2011 Beauty Reporter. But does it last?

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Your Guide to Nail Repairs & Reinforcements

There are a variety of nail issues, from the everyday bitten-nails to the all-out chip or crack, that require you to call in reinforcements. Whether using acrylic or gel (or even a tea bag), we offer some ways to strengthen nails into long-lasting beauts.

Axxium Soak-Off Gel Troubleshooting (part 11 of 12)

A quick guide to common gel problems like lifting and udercuring, and also some tips on lamp maintenance.

Enhancement Troubleshooter

You learned a lot in school, but once you start working full time with clients you’ll see that minor mishaps with nail enhancements will occasionally pop up to frustrate and challenge you. To help you out when they do, here's some handy troubleshooting advice on fixing the more common acrylic and gel problems.

Take a Tip From...Masterworks Innovations' Amy Becker

Amy Becker of Masterworks Innovations explains how she applies gel sealant without flooding the cuticle area.

Building a Better Gel Arch

UV light-cured gel enhancements are more popular than ever. Here’s how to fine-tune your arch technique to create the most beautiful nails possible.

21 Gel Tricks, Tips, and Techniques

Gel nails have their own lingo, their own tricks, their own innuendo. Here we tapped gel manufacturers, educators, and users for 21 bits of gel insider info. From terms like “capping,” “pillowing,” and “freezing” to why you can’t handle your product the same way you do acrylic, these techniques and tricks are good to know no matter how long you’ve been doing gels.

10 New Tech Troubles

Think nobody knows the troubles you’ve seen? In fact, the problems facing new techs are predictable and preventable. Read on for the cures to 10 common newbie nail woes.

Help Desk: What Can I Do About Elderly Client's Peeling Nails?

This month's panelists answer reader questions about nail conditions.