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Acrylic nails are called many different names, with
the nail technician's least favorite being "fake nails".
We much prefer the term artificial nails. There are several
different types of artificial nail enhancement products as well as application
procedures. The most commonly applied enhancement is traditional
acrylic, which is a two-part system of liquid (monomer) and powder
(polymer). This type of product can be applied with one color of
acrylic, pink and white acrylic for a Permanent French look, or can be
applied with colored acrylic, glitter acrylic or in any combination.
Pink and white acrylic nails are often referred to as "Solar Nails".
Solar Nail is a product made by Creative Nail Design Systems and
includes their Original Solar Nail, Radical Solar Nail, Retention +
, and Moxie acrylic systems. Unless you actually see this product in its original
bottle on the nail table, your nails may not be 'Solar Nails".
Gel acrylic is a one-part system consisting of the
application of a thick viscosity gel acrylic. Gel is
normally 'cured' under a UV light. Do not confuse gel with
traditional acrylic. Even though the two products are actually
acrylic, they apply and wear differently. Gel applied over
acrylic to seal the surface does not make your nails "Gel Nails".
Gel nails are actually acrylic nails; they are made from the same
class of acrylates, but with different molecular structures,
appearance, application procedures and different curing methods.
Be certain you are receiving the artificial nails you requested.
Acrylics contain cross-linking monomers.
Cross links are like rungs on a ladder; creating strong net-like
structures. Cross-links can also join many other layers of
cross-linked nets. The result is a three-dimensional structure of
great strength and flexibility. This is how many types of artificial
nail enhancements are made. See Product
Chemistry for more information on nail product chemistry; how and
why it works.
These pages will show you how
to perform a basic manicure and how to apply the Perfect Polish.
Whether you are a novice nail tech, a veteran technician or an
interested consumer, these tips will work for you.
Learn how to perform a basic pedicure and a
Spa Pedicure for a perfect relaxing 'feet treat'.
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