Jana Warnke repairs injured bird with Balance Gel

August 26th, 2016
First there was the turtle, now there’s the chicken.

Last year, NAILS posted about a resourceful nail tech who teamed up with a veterinarian to save the life of a turtle whose shell had been crushed when it was hit by a car. The tech used NSI acrylic to patch the turtle’s broken shell. Not to be outdone, nail tech, instructor, and NSI educator Jana Warnke recently used NSI’s Balance Gel to repair a broken beak on one of her backyard chickens.

Warnke, a tech at Hands & Feet Boutique in Clarksville, Tenn., wasn’t always such an ardent bird lover. “I was really afraid of birds,” she says. “But my husband and I love our vegetable garden and chickens keep the pests away — and make plenty of fertilizer!” Despite her initial reluctance, Warnke now views her chickens — all 26 of them — as pets. “They are sweet, beautiful, relaxing to watch, and even provide us with eggs. Now I’m known around town as the crazy chicken lady.”

Warnke took care not to allow a thermal reaction to occur when curing the product.
<p>Warnke took care not to allow a thermal reaction to occur when curing the product.</p>

Warnke describes Rue.b, the injured chicken, as very easygoing and easy to handle. “My husband noticed she had broken her beak and though we weren’t sure how it happened, we could tell she was in pain, and she wouldn’t be able to forage or drink water since the tissue underneath was exposed and posed threat of infection,” she says. “I immediately began reading about ways to fix a broken beak and found people had used silk wraps in the past, since chickens’ beaks grow continuously like a nail. It’s up to the chickens to keep them short and sharp by foraging.”

Warnke opted to use NSI’s Balance Gel instead of a wrap. “After cleaning the area really well, we wrapped her face and covered her eyes to protect her from the LED lamp, then I set to work prepping the surface as normal with a hand file, just to remove the shine. I applied a thin layer of Bonder and applied layers of gel in small quantities,” she explains. “I then set the lamp near her beak and allowed the gel to harden, making sure there was no potential for heat. It cured completely after about four flash-cures.” Rue.b remained asleep during the entire procedure. “The new beak wasn’t straight, but it was sturdy and she immediately began to eat since the pressure was no longer painful.” The beak has since grown out completely.

The patient snoozed through the procedure.
<p>The patient snoozed through the procedure.</p>

You can read about the injured turtle at www.nailsmag.com/turtle.


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NSI needs Nail Tech Bloggers!

August 25th, 2016


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ZODIAC Inspired Nails – Virgo

August 22nd, 2016


Virgos are incredibly orderly and have immense self control, but they tend to hide their more sensual and imaginative side. Like Gemini, they are ruled by planet Mercury, and have the tendency to worry more than other signs. The calm and tranquil greens put their hearts at ease.

View our Virgo inspired gallery!

Virgo Inspired NSI Products!



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How To Apply Edge Nail Tips

August 19th, 2016

How to apply edge forms

Nail art has taken the world by storm. We are constantly seeing new trends in color, nail shapes and products that bring life and shape the nail industry. At NSI we are constantly developing and releasing new products specifically designed for nail art, whether it’s for nail art competitions, or a nail tech adding in a nail art service.

One of our favorite nail art trends, are the alternative nail shapes like the stiletto, edge, lipstick, or coffin! While these shapes can be sculpted on our Secrets Stiletto Nail Forms, an easy way to get an edge shaped nail is by using our Secrets Edge Tips. They are a simple way to get an alternative nail shape and can easily be used in a salon service!

Polybond Brush-On Adhesive
Secrets Edge Nail Tips

Cuticle Pusher

Thoroughly prepare the natural nail and remove the true cuticle. Gently remove the shine using an Endurance 180/180 Grit File or higher. Saturate a Nail Wipe with Nailpure Plus, and wipe it across the natural nail to dehydrate, cleanse, and protect.

Apply Nail Tip

Choose the correct size tip by measuring from sidewall to sidewall. It is always better to size up and slightly pre-tailor for a proper fit. Place a small line of Polybond Adhesive to the free edge of the natural nail, spreading from side to side. Place a small amount of adhesive on the inside of the contact area of the tip. This will assure an excellent bond.

Holding the tip at a 45 degree angle, apply the tip where you would like the smile line to be or about 1 cm from the free edge of the natural nail. Rock the tip into place and apply even, downward pressure to force out all air bubbles and hold for 10 seconds.

File Nail Forms

Using a Endurance 180/180 Grit File or higher, gently roughen the tip and natural nail. Using a NSI Plush Brush, brush away any nail dust. Saturate a Nail Wipe with Cleanse, and wipe it across the natural nail and tip to remove any remaining nail dust. This will help promote product adhesion.

Once you are finished the enhancement service, use Glaze ‘n Go LED for a super shiny finish that will protect the nail enhancement and your art!

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August 12th, 2016


This fun summer Mermaid nail art can be used over a variety of nail services! If your client would like nail enhancements, finish the enhancement with NSI Polish Pro Shimmering Sand. You can also complete a gel polish Mani using NSI Polish Pro Shimmering Sand as well.

Secrets HD Detailer Brush
Polish Pro Shimmering Sand
Polish Pro Mermaid Kisses
Polish Pro Blue Lagoon
Secrets Removable Gel I’m Really a Mermaid
Secrets Design Gel Little White Lies

STEP 1: Using the NSI Detailer brush, at the center of the nail, make teardrop shape with the Secrets Design Gel Little White Lies. Moving outward from the teardrop create the remaining shell shape in a symmetrical pattern, leaving a little space between each element. Cure for 10 seconds to freeze your design in place.

STEP 2: Add a swooshing X in the center of the nail to create sections you will fill in with your accent colors. Continue to create swirls in a symmetrical pattern to frame in areas and create negative spaces. Cure for 10 seconds to freeze your design in place.

STEP 3: Create some small, scale shapes in the center of your x shape, and connect any open swirls to the larger design elements. Then, outline the nail shape to create a little border around the design. Cure in full hand LED Lamp for 60 seconds or 2 minute in UV.

STEP 4: Fill in the small little spaces you’ve created with your accent colors. The new NSI Mermaid collection Polish Pro and Secrets Removable Color gels are perfect for making this design really pop! Cure in any full hand LED lamp for 30 seconds or UV lamp for 2 minutes.

STEP 5: Using your Detailer brush and Little White Lies Design gel, be sure to go back and strengthen any lines that may have gotten lost, it will give the design more definition and texture. Cure in full hand LED Lamp for 60 seconds or 2 minute in UV.

Be sure to protect your art with topcoat. Use Polish Pro Top coat over your Polish Pro Mani. For Nail enhancements, use Glaze ‘n Go LED to protect your design.

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Troubleshooting Polish Pro

August 5th, 2016


Gel Polish is a very popular salon service, so we created a reference guide for our Polish Pro Gel Polish System to help you spot problems on your own and quickly remedy them so you can provide the very best service to your clients.

Peeling/Chipping in less than two weeks

SOLUTION: (Application issues) Be sure to leave a tiny margin around the cuticle and sidewalls to prevent lifting. When applying color, do a clean swipe and don’t let color build up at the free edge.
SOLUTION: (Prep issues) Eliminate the use of cuticle remover product, performing just a “dry” manicure (no soaking in water prior to application either). When dehydrating the nail plate, don’t just quickly swipe with Nailpure Plus. Use a scrubbing motion with your Nail Wipe and be sure to get into the side walls and anywhere oil and contaminants could be hiding.

Color is bubbling/wrinkling after curing

SOLUTION: (Application issues) Your first coat of color should be thin and have an almost “streaky” appearance. You’ll get full color coverage with your second thin coat. Also, be sure to shake your bottles of Polish Pro colors well before application (at least 20 seconds).
SOLUTION: (Product storage) Because Polish Pro contains solvents (like traditional nail polish), it is imperative that it remains at room temperature and capped TIGHTLY when not in use. If the solvents evaporate, the polish will not cure smoothly and it can be become thick and gummy, making thin layers difficult to apply.

Top Coat is dull after curing

SOLUTION: (Curing issues) Be sure you are using a Full hand LED Lamp or 36-Watt full hand UV Bonding Lamp, and that you are curing the nails for a full 30 seconds. An incomplete cure can cause the nails to dull.
SOLUTION: (Application issues) While you are still striving to achieve thin layers with Polish Pro, your Polish Pro Top Coat layer should be slightly thicker than your color coat layer to ensure it fully covers.  Also, be sure you are using Cleanse to remove the tacky layer, as other products may remove the tacky layer, but may dull the shine of Polish Pro Top Coat.

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The Mighty Leo – ZODIAC Inspired Nails

July 27th, 2016


The month of July is wrapping up as we welcome in beautiful August. AKA, the reign of the lion, from July 23rd – August 22nd!

Leo’s big heart, warm spirit, and love of laughter make them a joy to be around, and when Leo loves you it’s like the Sun has never shone brighter. Leo is a Fire sign that blazes through life, eager for action and driven by a desire to love and be loved. Leo is a proud and generous leader, and your ability to charm, romance and entertain others makes you quite popular.

Check out some beautiful Leo inspired nail art here!


Mix & Match our products for the PURRFECT Leo Nails this season!


Polish Pro – Shimmering Sands & Firecracker


Secrets Removable Gels – Bite your Tongue & Liar Liar Pants on Fire


Technailcolor Colored Acrylic Powder – Fire and Ice & Juicy Orange


Secrets Sparkle Glitter – Luster


Secrets Acrylic Shade Powder – My Lips are Sealed & Hush Hush



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ZODIAC inspired – Cancer Nails for Summer!

July 21st, 2016


June 21st – July 22nd is the season of Cancer – Highly imaginative, loyal, sympathetic, persuasive beings who possess strong emotional courage and tenacity.

We celebrate our fellow Cancers with a blog inspired post of great colors for Cancers this summer! Hot oranges, yellows and bright whites!

Polish Pro :

Polish Pro – Hot Orange & Blanca

Secrets Acrylic Shades:

Secrets Acrylic Shades – In the Hot Seat & Little White Lies

Secrets Removable Gels:


Secrets Removable LED Gel – Hot Topic & Brush On White

Technailcolor Acrylics :


Technailcolor Acrylic – Hippie & Crystals


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Why is MMA suitable for use in nail powder (polymer) and not suitable for use in nail liquid (monomer)?

July 15th, 2016

As a reputable nail products manufacturer, we are required to list ingredients on our packaging. Even then, reading the ingredients can be confusing and even a little scary. Especially when it comes to an ingredient like Methyl Methacrylate, or MMA.

It is common knowledge that Methyl Methacrylate, otherwise know as MMA, has been prohibited for use in the nail industry since the mid 1970’s. More specifically the use of MMA is only prohibited for use in nail liquids. What you may not realize is that MMA is NOT prohibited for use in nail powders, meaning it is a perfectly safe and common ingredient in the polymers you are using, you just might not realize it.

So the question is: Why is MMA suitable for use in nail powder (polymer) and not suitable for use in nail liquid (monomer)?

MMA Monomers

Today in the nail Industry, Ethyl Methacrylate, or EMA is the backbone monomer in most acrylic nail liquids. The use of EMA as a substitute for MMA in monomer came about in the late 1970’s when the FDA banned the use of MMA. Nail liquid containing MMA has been known to cause allergic reactions, permanent loss of the nail plate and in some cases, permanent loss of sensation in the fingertips.

MMA Polymers

In the manufacturing process, all polymer powders start off as monomers.  Usually two types (or more – depending on the manufacturer) of monomers are commonly used to make polymers; one of which is MMA.

These monomers are mixed together with initiators, dispersing agents, catalysts, and water to make a polymer.  This combination is mixed and continually stirred while it is heated to very high temperatures. After several hours, the monomers become solid little beads and float on the surface of the water. The beads are strained from the water and rinsed several times.  They are then dried, and sifted to remove the biggest and smallest particles.

Once the ingredients are mixed and heated, and the monomers have become solid; the MMA is no longer active.  As a matter of fact, this new solid has a completely different name: PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate) and is considered perfectly safe to use on natural nails.

So when you see PMMA on the ingredient listing of your nail powders, you can now say you know it is perfectly safe to use. The MMA had to go through quite a journey to be perfectly safe for use on nails!

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Happy National Pink Day!

June 23rd, 2016

Here at NSI we celebrate color, and today is National Pink Day! Here’s some FUN FACTS and other interesting information about the color PINK


  • According to the Women’s Institute for Domestic Science, boys originally wore pink, since it was considered a more masculine and stronger color. Blue was considered dainty and pretty, so it was often associated with girls.
  • In English, the word “pink” could be derived from the Dutch flower pinken dating back to 1681.
  • Baker-Miller Pink, also known as “drunk tank pink,” has been painted in jail cells to calm violent prisoners.
  • Both red and pink represent love, but red denotes hot passion, while pink is romantic and charming.

Check out our Pink Pinterest Board!

Happy Pink Day!

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