Thursday, August 25, 2016

Are you ready to transition to LED nail product formulation?

So LED gel products and lamps have been out for a while now.  In the beginning, like most products, pricing was pretty high.  This was especially the case when it came to LED lamps.  Is it worth it to transition?  This is a personal question of course.  The main benefit of LED systems is the fact that it cures gel in a quarter of the time as UV products.  Generally a 30 second cure is all you need as opposed to 2 minutes with UV gels.  And now that the price of lamps has gone down significantly, transitioning is more economically feasible.

Mini LED Lamp - $35
However, what about the system you are currently using?  If it's a UV system and you are satisfied, is it worth it to switch?  Maybe not - how about offering both to your clients or yourself?  For me, that was my answer.  I have certain gels that I just love and would not want to just put in the trash or somewhere to collect dust.  So instead of getting rid of my UV lamp, I have added a LED lamp to my arsenal of nail supplies.  This way, depending on what kind of nails I am creating, I have the compatible lamp available.  When I want to use my Perfectionist UV Gels that I am accustomed to, I break out my 9 watt UV Lamp.  Then if I am in the mood for my Sologel Gel Polish (which technically I could use either lamp as Sologel Gel Polish is UV/LED formulation) I would probably use my LED lamp for a nice quick 30 second cure.

I like options.  I like variety.  I like both UV and LED lamps and products.  If you have a preference, great.  But why choose if you don't have too?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nail Polish Top Coats, Gel Sealers, Finishers, etc. Do you really need them all?

So there are a variety of products that you can include in your nail stash for the final step of your nail service to ensure that your nails shine, protect and last until your next fill.  But with all of these choices available the question may be - do I really need them all?  The better question may be - which one do I really need?

A good start is what type of nails are you working with - natural or artificial?  If you are using artificial then what kind - gel, acrylic or fiberglass?  Are you using nail polish or gel polish?  Are you applying nail art and if so what kind - hand painting, airbrushing or stones?  And finally, what are your expectations or needs?  The answers to each of these questions are important to lead you to the correct product.

For natural nails you can achieve a smooth surface with a quality Ridge Filler to help even out the nail bed and prepare it for nail polish application.  Going from there you can pick from Base Coats to protect the natural nail from possible staining of color and for better nail polish adhesion.  What about after nail polish or even no nail polish?  Top coats can leave a shiny or matte finish - good choices may include our Wet Glaze Top Coat, 60 Second Top Coat or Magic Matte Top Coat.  If you are looking to grow out your nails a thicker viscosity like our High Gloss Reflective Top Coat may be what you are looking for.

Using nail art?  Something to look for is one that will keep it on until your next visit.  Our Nail Art Bonding Aid & Sealer is a go too for many of our clients. If you have a UV Lamp a great choice is our UV Glass Sealer which is a tack-free, UV cured sealer that requires buffing off of the shine before being able to be removed with acetone.  This allows for long lasting nail art designs along with UV protection.

What about artificial nails like acrylic, gel and fiberglass?  What kind of lamp do you have - UV or LED?  Do you want a soak-off formulation?  Our Top Seal hard gel is an excellent way to protect the nail and is used with a UV lamp.  Want a UV cured sealer that soaks off - we offer Simply Soak UV Sealer & Finishing Top Coat.  Remember that both of these have a tacky layer that must be removed after curing with alcohol to reveal there high shine finish.

Now that LED lamps are starting to be more economical we have more choices available to us.  Check out our Jessami Permasealer - this is UV/LED Top Gel with a soak-ff formulation PLUS it is tack free meaning that there is no tacky layer to be removed.

So many choices, so many questions.  Maybe you only need one or maybe you need them all.  It's just nice to know what your options so you can pick your best fit.