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Glossary: G to H

This Glossary series contains some of the terminology associated with natural and artificial nails, procedures, and a few important product or additive definitions as I understand them. Many of these terms are confusing, difficult to pronounce and understand at first, especially the chemical and medical ones! I’m an interested Nail Technician and by no means… Continue reading Glossary: G to H

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Glossary: A to B

This Glossary series contains some of the terminology associated with natural and artificial nails, procedures, and a few important product or additive definitions as I understand them. Many of these terms are confusing, difficult to pronounce and understand at first, especially the chemical and medical ones! I’m an interested Nail Technician and by no means… Continue reading Glossary: A to B

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Shared Facebook post

I just had to share this excellent post by Hannah McAndrew an Educator based at the CND Bridgend Academy: "I know I don't have a huge following on this page but I feel I need to write this for the good of the industry and hope it goes far and wide so please share: There… Continue reading Shared Facebook post

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The Dangers of the “Russian Manicure” Shared Article

I just had to share this informative article about the dangers of the "Russian Manicure" by Ana Seidel, Vitaly Solomonoff & Doug Schoon . Please remember beauty should be painless, before I trained as a nail technician I used to get my nails done regularly at what I now know to be a non standard salon… Continue reading The Dangers of the “Russian Manicure” Shared Article

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Part 3 The history of Nail care and coatings (so far)

In 1920 Screen stars are known for a total look that is innocent and childlike, with short hair, slender figures, and unpolished nails. However soon the development of automobile paint inspires the basis for fingernail paint, and when French makeup artist Michelle Ménard partnered with the Charles Revson company, Revlon, as we know it today… Continue reading Part 3 The history of Nail care and coatings (so far)

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Part 2 The history of Nail care and coatings (so far)

In more recent times the fashion for nail care and colour goes back to the 1800’s when shorter slightly pointed almond shaped nails were the fashion with some people also using a scented red oil buffed into the nails with a chamois cloth. Prior to 1830 metal tools, scissors and even acid (yikes!) were used… Continue reading Part 2 The history of Nail care and coatings (so far)

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Nail Myths Busted- Soaking Your Nails Before A Manicure

When it comes to getting your nails professionally manicured, I would advise against soaking before applying Enhancements, CND Shellac, other gel or polish. This is because soaking softens and hydrates the nail plates causing them to swell up, think of your wrinkled skin when you’ve been in the bath or pool for too long. This… Continue reading Nail Myths Busted- Soaking Your Nails Before A Manicure

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Nail Myths Busted – Eating Gelatine Strengthens Nails

Nails are made of keratin, which is a protein, this may explain why people think that eating another type of protein, gelatine, derived from collagen obtained from various animal body parts will strengthen them. However, there is simply no scientific evidence to back this up. There also isn’t any evidence that applying gelatine to nails… Continue reading Nail Myths Busted – Eating Gelatine Strengthens Nails

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Nail Myths Busted – UV Gels Are Better Than Acrylics

People will often tell you that UV hard gels are much better for your nails than acrylics, but that’s just not true. UV Hard Gels can be easier for the technician to apply, and are more pleasant to work with as they are practically odourless and don’t set until they are cured in a UV… Continue reading Nail Myths Busted – UV Gels Are Better Than Acrylics