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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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Top Tips for Dips From Jess Alexander-Snyder

Kupa educator Jess Alexander-Snyder has these tips for working with dip powders.

Easy Acrylic French Smile Line

Kiara Sky shares a quick tip for how to create perfect French smile lines. 

How to Shape the Perfect Almond Nail

Learn how to shape an almond nail.

Glitter Fade Acrylic Redesign Tutorial

Learn how to create a fun glitter nail art design using acrylic.

How to Sculpt a Stiletto Nail

Ann Chang of The Nail Tips Show demonstrates how to sculpt a stiletto nail using acrylic. 

Spring Bling Acrylic Nails

Nail artist and teacher Katie Barnes is known for her mastery of extreme shapes. An international award winner, former NTNA competitor, and Scratch cover artist, she completed a photo shoot featuring blue and yellow edge nails with embellishments. 

Acrylic Fill With Broken Nail and Color Change in 30 Minutes

Young Nails' Tracey Reierson shows how to perform a fill, fix a broken nail, and change polish and nail design in just 30 minutes. 

I Survived the L&P Services — Thanks to My E-File

This was my first time using my e-file on a full salon schedule and seeing the difference it can make.

Stop Service Breakdown: A Guide to Better Nails

Don’t let service breakdown give you a nervous breakdown. Regardless of what nail medium you’re using — polish, gel-polish, gel, acrylic, or gel-acrylic hybrid — problems are bound to crop up from time to time. Here are some troubleshooting tips aimed at making these common technical failings a thing of the past.