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Secret Ingredient: Lotions

Lotions in the nail industry are used as manicure and pedicure service add-ons as well as retail products to help hydrate, rejuvenate, and soothe clients’ skin. They are often infused with various fragrances and anti-aging compounds to further enhance the benefits to the skin. But what is lotion really made of?

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Secret Ingredient: Glitter

Glitter is tiny flecks of colored and reflective plastic used in the nail industry for its lustrous and luminescent effect on nails.

secret ingredient} primers & bonders

With most gel and acrylic systems, a bonder or primer is applied to the natural nail first to increase adhesion for the enhancement.

Secret Ingredient} Acetone

The clear and dear friend that makes polish removal a snap, and acrylic and gel removal possible, is a bedrock for the nail industry.

Secret Ingredient: Cuticle Oil

The frequent cherry on top of Sunday manicures, cuticle oil acts as a quick massage lubricant for fingertips while also sealing in moisture to keep the cuticle area and eponychium soft and supple.

Secret Ingredient: Base & Top Coat

The proverbial bread in the polish sandwich, base and top coats help polish adhere to nails and prevents nails from chipping and breaking.

Secret Ingredient: Resin/Glue

Resin in the nail industry refers to a cyanoacrylate glue used for adhering tips to natural nails, for gluing silk and fiberglass wraps, and for acrylic dipping systems. So what exactly is in it? Where did it come from? And how are techs using it today?

Secret Ingredient: Acrylic Powder

Pink, white, or colored, acrylic powder is often seen as the more important partner in a liquid-and-powder relationship. What makes it so special? Is it a secret ingredient? You may be surprised to learn what’s actually in there.

Secret Ingredient: Acrylic Liquid

 Monomer is a Greek term that means “one part” or “one unit.” (Mono means “one”; mer means “unit.”) But beyond “monomer,” what is the liquid that we use day in and day out? We’ve listed the ingredients necessary in every formula, regardless of manufacturer.

Secret Ingredient: Nail Polish

From tosylamide/formaldehyde resin to stearalkonium bentonite, ingredient names can sound more like a top secret formula for NASA than a recipe for regular old nail polish. Each of these ingredients, however, has a purpose and plays a part in the overall performance of the polish.