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  1. Melissa82

    Acrylic or gel for thin nails

    Ok, my brain is fizzing out. I know somewhere in my training I was taught gel is good for some nail types and acrylic for others. I just can't remember if it was acrylic for thin, bendy nails or hard gel for thin bendy nails. And then gel for hard nails... I feel like the answer was acrylic for...
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    Hypoallergenic/HEMA/HPMA free AcryGel

    I'm in the US and I'm wanting to learn acrygel's but really would like a brand that is as hypoallergenic as possible, not containing HEMA or HPMA as I have some allergies. I really pride myself on using products developed by chemists that are the forefront of their company but because this type...
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    HEMA/HPMA free gel polish and Polygel

    Hello friends, Has anyone tried the HEMA free products from Diamonds and Gloss from Australia? I seem to be having allergy issues with products that contain HEMA and HPMA. I've boiled my options down to using Ikon IQ and Light Elegance. I've heard of CJP and Luminous Colour Gel. I primarily...
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    Primer and primer-less systems - which do you use and why?

    Why would I bother getting the correct mix ratio with L&P that doesn't require primer to prevent lifting or any other service breakdown when I can just use a product that will adhere to the nail through a primer type system? This is what I'm seeing in the nail world. People are sticking to...
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    Advice for a nail tech in a chain salon

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone here works in a chain salon and can tell me about their experience with it. Kind of looking for a what to do, not to do info. I just accepted a nail tech job at one (it's a high end spa/salon). I am of course a little nervous (I finished nail school in January...
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    Seeking advice - product/education, etc

    Hello everyone! This is a long one but I hope you can offer some advice I'm in the US and don't have access to the best schooling. I'll be graduated at the end of January and should have my license early February (after I pass my exam). I have not been educated on a specific product line. I've...
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    Acrylics lifting with water underneath

    Excuse my ignorance! Never went over this with my teacher and I won't see her until tomorrow for class. I did my first set of acrylics last Wednesday. I just noticed they are lifting when I put some solar oil on and there was some water that came out of one of the nails. I did just wash my hands...
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    Are file grit and primer influencing your choice?

    What is your view on nail systems that require using 100-180 grit files and priming twice before laying down an enhancement? It's obvious that the word here is not to use anything more than a 240 grit in the CND world (I'm sure ther are others too but I'm not familiar with them yet) but there...
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    Please help: Tips for training on a tight budget - USA

    Hello everyone I'm looking for some tips on training as a nail tech in the USA on a tight budget. I'm in school now but was planning on going to Young Nails to further my education. I can't do that anymore because we just found out my husband is getting laid off. We spent all our savings on...
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