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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.

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UV/LED Lamp

Ugly Duckling's 48w Ugly Duckling Gel Lamp was designed to give a reliable cure for all the company's gels.

Water Transfer Nail Lamps Cure While Looking Cute

Express your personal style and keep your salon on-trend with these compact lamps from Melody Susie.

Mini UV/LED Lamp

Christrio's 6W Mini LED/UV Lamp features a lightweight structure and a sleek and compact design, perfect for travel.

ProGlo Lamp

Americanail's ProGlo Dual Cure Lamp cures both UV and LED formula gels and gel-polishes.

Take a Tip From Amy Gustafson: Pre-lighting Gels

Nail tech, Elite Design educator, and NTNA competitor Amy Gustafson has developed a pre-lighting technique to prevent heat spikes.

The FDA Weighs in on UV Lamp Safety — And They Have Nothing Scary to Say!

The FDA just put out a consumer update called “How to Safely Use Nail Care Products” that addresses consumer concerns about UV lamp safety. Their verdict? UV lamps are “low risk” when used as directed by the label.

Maintaining Your Nail Tools and Equipment

Show Your Salon Tools Some Love: Buying salon tools and equipment is a big part of the cost of doing business. Make the most of your investment by learning how to maintain them to extend their life.

Week 9 Social Media Post: UV Lamp Safety

Educate your clients on the facts regarding UV light exposure in the salon.

Gelous? UV/LED Gel Lamp

The NCLA Gelous? UV/LED Gel Lamp is a 36W lamp, pedicure-ready and sized to cure all fingers.