Lesson Category: Nails

CND Gel Polish

As women’s lives become more hectic the need for a longer-lasting polish that didn’t chip or smudge came about….. Say hello to Shellac!  The polish is a hybrid between a gel and a regular polish, the results are a longer-lasting polish with high shine that is instantly dry, doesn’t chip, smudge or fade and is …

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Removal Procedure

Removal Procedure Remove any polish. Using a 180 grit file, thin out the gel. When it becomes thin change to a 240 grit file. Remember not to file the natural nail plate. If you are not re-applying new overlays you can leave a thin layer of gel on the natural nail to protect it. Ensure …

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Troubleshooting

Practice and experience will result in problem-free nails; however, there may be issues that arise. If any of the issues below occur it is best to remove the gel overlay. Gel Chipping or Lifting   Incorrect or incomplete prep of nail plate Incorrect or incomplete gel application Gel applied too thinly or thickly Gel has …

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Aftercare

Aftercare is of the utmost importance in maintaining overlays. Advising your clients of the products and why you use them during the treatment will allow the client to become informed of their purpose and importance. Recommending homecare products to your client is a benefit to both you financially and the client for longevity. Make sure …

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Maintenance & Rebalance (Infills)

Maintenance & Rebalance (Infills) Your client must be aware of the importance of maintenance / rebalance and the problems that can occur if they don’t attend a regular appointment. The gel can lift away from the nail bed enabling moisture and bacteria to penetrate it. The gel nail may completely come away from the nail …

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Finishing the Procedure

Finishing the nail is paramount for a smooth finished look. As a beginner, you will need to follow all the steps below. However, as you become more experienced with Gel Nail application you will only require a small amount of finishing (Steps 1 – 6) before applying the cuticle oil. If you follow methodical steps …

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UV Gel Application

If you follow these steps you will achieve a successful gel application; Apply primer to the natural nail and allow it to dry. A chalky film will appear. This is necessary to aid the gel sticking. It acts as a double-sided sticky tape holding the two surfaces together. The chemicals in the primer (methacrylic acid …

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Preparing the Natural Nail

This is a vital part of any good nail treatment. If this is rushed or not completed properly it could result in nail infections or poorly adhered nail extensions. If you follow all these steps fully you will have a fully prepared nail; Both the therapist and client need to wash their hands with antibacterial …

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