ZODIAC Nails Inspiration – Taurus

April 21st, 2017

Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, is all about reward. Unlike the Aries love of the game, Taurus loves the rewards of the game. Taurus adores comfort and likes being surrounded by pleasing, soothing things. Along these lines, they also favor a good meal and a fine wine. The good life in all its guises, whether it’s the arts or art of their own making (yes, these folks are artistic as well), is heaven on Earth. Earthy, light tones such as white, green and coral are the theme of Taurus! Check out our Pinterest board for inspirational color themes and designs, as well as our product pairings for this fabulous sign!

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Product Pairings!

 

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Spring Inspired Nails!

April 14th, 2017

Get out of the winter rut and spring into new, gorgeous shades perfect for this Spring! We’re focusing on our Nail Art line and have included exciting colors from our NEW Simplicite Polydip System! Be sure to check out our amazing collection of Spring nail ideas via our Pinterest Board below, as well as browse our parings below!


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A Guide to Adhesion Products – Products that stick

March 31st, 2017

 

DEHYDRATOR 

nail pure plus

One of the most important steps during natural nail prep is the use of a dehydrator. Even after carefully manicuring and buffing the nail plate, oil and dust can still remain.   Dehydrators help to dehydrate the natural nail plate, by removing any dust or particles left after filing, creating the ideal surface for application of primers.  Nailpure Plus should be used before product application to prevent lifting and improve adhesion.

After filing the natural nail, saturate a NSI lint free nail wipe with Nailpure Plus.  Wipe down the nail plate in a scrubbing motion to remove any oils and dust left behind before product application.

 

PH Balancer 

One of the main causes of lifting is improper nail prep,  even with proper nail prep,  there are still clients that will have problems with lifting. With these clients, improper nail prep isn’t always the culprit and Bond Enhancer should be used before starting the service.  Bond Enhancer is a nail ph Balancer that is an essential prep product  to enhance the bond of any nail service and balance the nails’ PH levels.  PH levels can and do change in women on a month basis.  This could be caused by pregnancies or even menstrual cycles.

Bond Enhancer application should be applied as an extra step after natural nail prep and before application of primers, to dehydrate and balance the ph of the natural nail.  This will help to maximize product adhesion. Bond Enhancer is not a nail primer, so be sure to still use the recommended nail primer after the application of Bond Enhancer.

 

TYPES OF PRIMERS 

Natural nail primers are an important step to promote adhesion of nail enhancement services. Each product line you use will have it’s own primer that is recommended for that system. It’s good to know the different types of natural nail primers and how they all promote adhesion. There are three main types of primers:
1. Acid-based
2. Non-acid
3. Acid-free

ACID-BASED 

Acid-based primers like Superbond, were the original primers used in the nail industry.  They contain between 30 – 100% methacrylic acid and are a safety net that nail technicians have used for many years to promote adhesion.


Some things to remember when using methacrylic (acid-based) primers:
• They can cause the enhancement to yellow if not used properly.  If the primer touches the existing product during a fill in, back fill, refill or rebalance, it could cause yellowing.  Applying product over wet primer will surely cause yellowing.
• It is corrosive to human skin.  (In 2001, the Consumer Products Safety Commission began requiring that all products containing more than 5% methacrylic acid be packaged in a childproof container.)

It is very important to use extreme care with acid-based primers.  When applying, it should be used sparingly. Just dot it on the natural nail, doing 5 nails at a time before putting brush back into bottle.  Be cognizant of NOT touching any surrounding soft tissue with the primer. When it comes to acid-based primers, less is best.

NON-ACID 
Non-acid primers actually do contain acid; just not methacrylic acid.  They will not burn the skin; although prolonged, repeated contact with any chemical must be avoided to prevent an adverse skin reaction.  This type of primer is used to make the natural nail more compatible with the enhancement product.  It chemically bonds the same way as an acid-based primer.

 

ACID-FREE  
Acid-free primer is the newest kid on the block and does not contain any acid components. When used properly, these primers are equal to that of a primer containing methacrylic acid and are superior to a non-acid primer.  Acid-free primers will not discolor the enhancement nor will they burn the skin.  Unlike acid-based primers, acid-free primers should be applied liberally to achieve excellent adhesion.

When using the NSI Balance UV Gel System and Balance LED /UV Gel System , we recommend using the Balance Bond (Acid-Free) Primer to promote excellent adhesion for your gel enhancement.

 

For our Attraction Acrylic System and Technailcolor Mixable Colored Acrylics we recommend using the Attract (Acid-Free) Primer for excellent adhesion for your acrylic enhancement.

 

 

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Aries – ZODIAC Inspired Nails!

March 24th, 2017

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and that’s pretty much how those born under this sign see themselves: first. Aries are the leaders of the pack, first in line to get things going. Those born under this sign are often called the pioneers of the zodiac, and it’s their fearless trek into the unknown that often wins the day. This collection showcases a range of bold, beautiful reds and nudes that represent all the powerful, energetic aspects of firey Aries!

 

Check out our Pinterest inspiration board!


View our Aries Inspired products!

 

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A Guide to Nail Forms

March 10th, 2017

Here at NSI, we have several different nail forms for our technicians to use. Most techs who use sculpting techniques have access to a variety of flexible forms for their specific clientele needs. Anywhere from stilettos to short, we have a form for that! Check out our handy guide below to see what form is right for your client and for your workflow.


Touch Tab Forms

Skill Level – Beginner
Product Type – Acrylic
Length – Active / Short
Perfect for – Beginner form users

The Touch Tab Nail Forms are a must have for sculpting smaller active length acrylic nails. The Touch Tab Forms are great for beginner nail form users! The sculpting grid helps keep the enhancement shape consistent from nail to nail, and texture of the forms enhances the C-Curve making elegant nails easy to sculpt.


Balance Clear Forms

Skill Level – All
Product Type – Gel
Length – Medium / Active
Perfect for – Gel Users

The major cause of enhancement breakdown with any gel system is that the gel has not been properly cured.  The Balance Clear Forms are perfect for sculpting with your gels because the light energy can penetrate through the clear material to ensure a complete cure.


Platinum Nail Forms

Skill Level – All
Product Type – Acrylic / Gel
Length – All
Perfect for – A Versatile Nail Form

The Platinum Nail Forms are the ultimate nail form for techs that need a versatile nail form.  These forms are great form for sculpting traditional nail shapes, active length and even alternative nail shapes.  Our Platinum Forms also work beautifully with gels as long as you have a thin clear gel base layer under your enhancement, the gel will cure in the light.


Nail Forms

Secrets Stiletto Nail Forms

Skill Level – Advanced
Product Type – Acrylic / Gel
Length – Long
Perfect for – Taking your nail art to the next level

The Secret Stiletto Nail Forms are great for taking your traditional sculpted nails to a new level! These forms are ideal for sculpting any alternative nail shape like the stiletto, edge, gothic almond, lipstick and you can even use them for traditional nail shapes. These are our longest nail forms, great for sculpting longer enhancements without doubling up forms.  They are designed with a sculpting grid to keep length and shape consistent from nail to nail.  Similar to our Platinum Nail Forms, you can even use these forms for sculpting with gels, as long as you start with a thin clear gel base layer.


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Our ALL-NEW Au Naturel Collection!

March 3rd, 2017

Au Naturel

Slip into the sleek style of Spring with our brand-new nude inspired colors from our Au Naturel Collection! Not only are we sporting this new gorgeous set, we are also introducing a brand new product look! Our Au Naturel collection is a Polish Pro exclusive – Get it while you can! Every client at some point will love to have nude and neutral toned nails, so it’s a great addition to your current stock of colors!

We’ve created a beautiful Pinterest board of our inspiration and swatches, Check it out here!

Check out these new MUST-HAVE Shades!

Get the INDIVIDUAL COLORS HERE!

 Want to LEARN NSI Products? Join NSI University 2017! We’re taking Sign-ups until July, so be sure to get your seat!

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Pisces – Zodiac Inspired Nails

February 24th, 2017

We’re here welcoming the ever beautiful, ever emotional Pisces! The sign of the artist. Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces is a Water sign and as such, this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity. Their ruling planet is Neptune, so Pisces are more intuitive than others and have an artistic talent.

Check out our Pisces inspired Pinterest Board!:

Pisces does not take well to a position of leadership or high business person, they are too sensitive and lacking in self-discipline and lacking self-confidence for a positions such as that. What they are good at is is writing, acting, poetry, or being musicians. Pisces are excellent at anything that tugs at the heart strings and mystical/spiritual. They are extremely creative and can use their skills of creativity and their understanding of people to inspire others. Unfortunately, most Pisces take the easy way out in life and never attain the degree of fame that they possibly could, they have to stop self-doubting themselves because they are capable of being good role models and leaders to others, people do look up to them.

Zodiac Pairings:

Polish Pro : Blue Martini, Spring Showers, Blanca, Sedona’s Got a Big Ol’ Butte, Shimmering Sand, Tangerine Dream

Secrets Removable Gels : Open Minded, Bite Your Tongue, Brush on White, It’s a Mystery

Secrets Shades Acrylic Powder: Bohemian Babe, Bite your Tongue, Very Vintage

Secrets Sparkle Glitters: Vintage Gold, Sheen, GListening Coral


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Valentine’s Day Glam!

February 10th, 2017

Hello nail lovers! Here at NSI, we LOVE Valentine’s Day! Not only does it commemorate lovers around the country, it’s an incredible time to get your nails done in celebration in the name of love! We hope you enjoy our Glam Blog of ideas, art and shade pairings to help inspire your new set for that one client who always wants to be on-trend! Feel free to share this blog with your fellow nail techs who could use a pick-me-up and creative boost for this upcoming holiday!

Check out our Pinterest blog for inspiration!


V-Day Product Pairing!

Polish Pro UV/LED Gel Polish – Free Spirit, Midnight Kiss, Coral Dahlia, Flower Blossom, Pink Lotus and Mermaid Kisses!

Secrets Sparkle Glitter – Radiant Love, On the List and Twinkle!

Secrets Removable Gels LED/UV Curable – Sailor’s Delight, Love and Laughter, Speechless and Romantic Rose!

Secrets Acrylic Shade Powders – Don’t Kiss and Tell, Cloak and Dagger and Fairy Tails!

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NSI Announces a New Master Distributor in Africa!

February 3rd, 2017

Nail Systems International (NSI) Announces a New Master Distributor in Africa

Philadelphia, PA (February 1, 2017) – NSI Manufacturing Headquarters is proud to announce the new Master Distributor for Africa, Johann and Louise Louw.

NSI is committed to providing all who are interested, current and new nail technicians, the high standard of the NSI brand, which includes amazing products and education, both new and continued.

NSI USA support Johann and Louise with innovative products of the highest quality, international standard of education and competitive pricing.

Isabel Fisher (Vice-President of Sales and Marketing) recently attended the first Distributor meeting under the new Master Distributorship of Johann and Louise.

NSI USA would like to thank the loyal support of the distributors all over South Africa: Johannesburg and Pretoria (for Gauteng), Durban (for KZN), Port Elizabeth (for the Eastern Cape), Bloemfontein (for the Free State and Northern Cape), Potchefstroom (for North West region), Nelspruit (for Mpumalanga) and also our Mauritius and Mocambique distributors. We are very excited to continue our high standard of education by including Beverly Kriek as a vital part of our new distributorship with her 25 years’ experience, using and training with NSI products.

NSI USA, in direct collaboration with NSI Africa and the distributors, are devoted to building a new nail community in Africa, one nail at a time. For more information about the NSI professional-only product line, contact us at (800) 354-6741 or visit the NSI website at www.nsinails.com.

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Zodiac Inspired Nails – Aquarius

January 20th, 2017

Aquarius-born are shy and quiet, but on the other hand, they can be eccentric, quirky and energetic people. However, in both cases, they are deep thinkers and highly intellectual people who love helping others. They are able to see without prejudice on both sides, which makes them people who can easily solve problems. Aquarius colors range from soft teals, electric blues, pale greys and the occasional deep sea color! Enjoy our board inspired by this quirky Air sign!



Aquarius Inspired Products

Secrets Effects

Secrets Removable

Secrets Shades

Secrets Sparkles

Polish Pro

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