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!


 

 

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.

 

 

 

 


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!

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