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Question Pros and Cons of fiberglass nails - 08-02-04, 06:14 PM

Does anyone here offer the service of fiberglass nails? If so can you explain the overall difference between the other systems and your opinion on suitability according to your lifestyle.

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Re: Pros and Cons of fiberglass nails - 11-02-04, 11:20 PM

Most of the nails I do are fibreglass. In the beginning I decided to specialise in fibreglass because all the local competition were offering L&P or gel, so I thought I'd do something different. It has worked well for me and I have a good local reputation (well for nails anyway )

Before I started doing nails I had been a "floating customer" getting my nails done occasionally all over the place - from New York to London!! The only place I ever visited twice gave me fibreglass nails and I loved them. In retrospect, having now seen lots of excellent L&P and gel sets in magazines and at shows, I realise that I just never happened to find a good L&P/gel technician - my own fault for just booking in anywhere.

On the lifestyle question, I have clients ranging from solicitors to hairdressers and none of them seem to have problems with lifting etc. I have a pediatric nurse who has to wash her hands repeatedly in an alcohol solution. This does seem to cause lifting. I also have a vet with the same problem. Both clients now have sets for special occasions and holidays only.

I personally find fibreglass to be strong, durable, thin and beautifully natural looking. I wouldn't have anything else on my own nails.

I may well be of a very limited opinion here - but hey, we're all different!
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Re: Pros and Cons of fiberglass nails - 12-02-04, 12:54 AM

Fibreglass Tech for over 12 years now.............
I first started offering Fibreglass and Silk in the Shop I work in, because health and saftey regulations prohibited me from using L&P.........
City of London has strict ruling on this..........

So I stuck with General Fibreglass/Resin and also offer Gel too.............
L&P is available for my privat clients at my home...........

General Fibreglass bonus points are..............
Easy natural nail overlays, natural looking and invisible.........very thin, but still strong.
No odour, so it can be used in any Salon........
You will still need good ventilation, just because you can't smell vapour doesn't mean it isn't there.............
Less dust, as you only have to buff the finished layer lightly..........
Instant polymerization............When it has dryed its polymerised......
End of the polymerisation chain.........
Quick to use on repairs, like little tears or snags in nails..........
Soak off time is 10 Minutes in warm acetone..............
Least likely to cause sensitivity, they are the the bottom of the sensitivity ladder............

Minus points for general Fibreglass......
As it is an EC Resin system it is not as durable in water............. over time, it can become brittle with over use in water.............So I wouldn't offer this say to a hairdresser, who uses Shampoos and chemicals, unless they are prepared to use Solar oil like the bible and gloves if possible...........After a few weeks growth time, Curling of the natural nail can occure..............

But I use Fabric# system now....and it is the closest any Fibreglass system has so far , ever come to L&P look and durability...........
Including the More Than White forever french look...........
but without the odour.............

Gels are odour free, but produce more dust , on product rebalance and filing....
Strength wise, they are now with proper application just as fab as L&P......
Look at Anna from Torontos work..................
Instant polymerisation once UV curing time has finished.......
But higher on the list of the sensitivity ladder.

L&P is the most popular Enhancement application,
known for it's strength, versatility and durability and now thanks to new product development much thinner and flexible then in years gone by...........Lower chance of sensitivity then Gel.........Filing dust on rebalance........more techs are becoming sensitised to L&P, due to NOT SMART working...............
Soak off time 20-30 Minutes in warm acetone.......
Fully polymerises after 24-48 hours.......Solar oil will help to speed this up, as it blocks out the air.............
So clients will have to be a bit more carefull, with their enhancements for the next day......Micro shattering a possibility...........

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Nail Geek
From most likely to least likely to casue sensitisation:
UV Cured L&P
Gels
Odourless
Low Odour (most modern L&P fall into this category)
High Odour (traditionals)
Wraps, Resins, and no light Gels.
Also the Clients lifestyle is taking into account, no matter which product you choose to use........
Nail length, clients activities determine this............
Going from no nails to new nails...........
medium length for me is Fibreglass
shorter length could be Fibreglass and Gel
normal to longer length could be L&P

Condition of the natural nail.........
A very thin nail, would be better of with a Fibreglass/Fabric# wrap then a L&P one........
I have found Fibreglas works brill on Drill damaged /MMA nails.....
L&P systems like R+ loves Keratin, on a thin nail less perfect canvass, less perfect results.........The thinner the nail, the more flexible and movable it will be under the L&P...........and it might not be able to support the L&P or Gel

But each Tech has also their own system preference,and this can influence client advice............It shouldn't but it happens!!!!!!!!!

Which look do they prefere...........
Some dont want to have enhancement look..............
Some do want the I am wearing Nails look...........
Some want funky glitters
Some dont
Some only have had ever one sytem and don't want to change as they like X system..............
Some clients have problems with X system and then can be moved to another system......................
Some don't care and will have anything.......
Just some pointers from my expirience side of things............
Others may and prob. will have different views and more info...............
But hope this helps a little
anonaw hearts this.

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Thumbs up Re: Pros and Cons of fiberglass nails - 12-02-04, 06:21 PM

You know when you watch these sci-fi films and someone or something (alien) flicks through a book really quick and in that time they have read it and absorbed all the knowledge? (Stay with me on this I am getting to the point) Well reading Ruth's post above, I feel like that is exactly what I have done. I have just got my first Fabric# Kit and was interested to see what Ruth had to say on the matter and WOW that was so much useful info.

So to get to the point - nice one Ruth - thanks a lot
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