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Secret Ingredient: Resin/Glue

Secret Ingredient: Resin/Glue

by Staff

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?

A Vibrating Nail?

A Vibrating Nail?

by Staff

Yep, you heard right. Though not a licensed nail tech, Cy Tymony, author of the new book Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things , has created an innovative way to use simple, small, and inexpensive electronics to make a fun and interactive nail art design that really shakes things up.

Secret Ingredient: Acrylic Powder

Secret Ingredient: Acrylic Powder

by Staff

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

Secret Ingredient: Acrylic Liquid

by Staff

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

Secret Ingredient: Nail Polish

by Staff

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.

Diagnosing Different Nail Types

Diagnosing Different Nail Types

by Staff

Not all nails are perfect. Some are thin, some are ridged, and some have cracks and tears. But luckily techs have a number of natural nail products to strengthen and treat a variety of nails. Here’s a quick guide from Nail Tek’s Mary Jo Zwirowski.

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