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Clean prep? what does this mean? Gigi mentions it in this month Scratch?

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Hello everyone.

I've been doing acrylic now for a couple of months using NSI and touch wood have not had a problem with lifting.

In this months Scratch Gigi mentions "clean prep" which I think involves no filing to the surface of the nail.

Can anybody enlighten me on this.

Thank you
 

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Hello everyone.

I've been doing acrylic now for a couple of months using NSI and touch wood have not had a problem with lifting.

In this months Scratch Gigi mentions "clean prep" which I think involves no filing to the surface of the nail.

Can anybody enlighten me on this.

Thank you
OK ... 'clean' prep (as opposed to 'dirty' prep) is something I came up with a while ago.

Every CND tech does CLEAN prep (at least that is how they are taught)because that has been CND philosophy for EVER. No destruction, degrading, thinning or etching of the nail plate during PREP. Meaning, that all that is necessary to do to the nail plate in order for CND products to stick fast with no lifting is to exfoliate the surface of the plate. There is never any need to etch or use a rough abrasive on the surface of the plate ... all CND users need to do is to remove oil or contamination (dirt) from the plate. CND products are more technically advanced so there is less to do.

The same philosophy is used for removing cuticle. No abrasives, No harsh chemicals, just cuticle remover and a sanitised metal implement used gently to remove all non living tissue (cuticle). CLEAN and GENTLE techniques that keep the natural nail plate strong and healthy ... why? Because the stronger the nail plate is, the less lifting and other problems cleints have.

Most other products require much more to be done to the surface of the natural nail plate or the product just won't stick to it. Most techs end up just filing off cuticle and filing off the surface and then using primer etc before the product will even begin to stick. I call this dirty prep because it is invasive and not gentle and much more destructive.

When I demonstrate CND PREP to people, they can't believe how little I have to do or how few products I use to do it. And I never get lifting on the nails I do. ÇEveryone goes on and on about lifting, and it is something I never even think about.
 

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Would you use a 240 grit to buff the nail plate to prep the nail?

Or do you jst use a safe product to remove excess oil alone?
 

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Would you use a 240 grit to buff the nail plate to prep the nail?

Or do you jst use a safe product to remove excess oil alone?
I don't buff the nail plate. If you buff something you go back and forth with it.

I use an OLD 240 CND Koala to gently sweep (lightly and in one direction [the way the nail grows] the nail surface which ONLY exfoliates it and removes the OIL and DIRT)

Then I use ScrubFresh to remove any further contamination with a good thorough scrub.

Prep takes me 5-7 minutes (to do all 10 nails) depending on the amount of cuticle that needs to be removed. The exfoliating takes just a few seconds per nail.
 

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