Nail Liquid and Powder Is My Fave! by Kylie Clare
By - Famous Names and Artistic Nail Design Principle Educator Kylie Clare
My favourite all time nail enhancement product is hands down Liquid and Powder……… but why?
Many techs choose to use other nail enhancement products such as Hard gel and Dip products to create extensions for their clients but my go to product for a full set of extensions is always Liquid and powder……… but why, well let me tell you …… liquid and Powder gives me the ability to create a strong nail enhancement but most importantly has the ultimate strength along with maximum durability and flexibility.
So let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of liquid and powder
Superior strength, durability and workability
Can be soaked off unlike polygels and hard gels
You must achieve the correct mix ratio with every bead for consistent colour, adhesion and durability
Odour – unfortunately all monomers have an odour (unless they are odour free), therefore this deters some spas and salons from offering acrylic extensions on their treatment menu
My favourite products are:
Center Stage Monomer – Designed for exceptional control and unparalleled performance and formulated to bond to the keratin in the natural nail while providing a chemical base that promotes rock hard adhesion and a non-yellowing formula
Rock Hard VIP Powders – consisting of 8 different coloured powders for all of your needs, bright white, soft white, nude concealer, concealer, silver starlet, gold metal and clear
Dip and sculpt powders are formulated specifically to work with the dip and sculpt system and along with grip monomer for sculptured nail enhancements. Available in 72 shades (56gm jars).
Flex powders - provide ultimate strength and durability, colour stability and they are uninfluenced by outside temperatures (crystallisation). Available in 4 shades – crystal clear, translucent, cover and bright white.
Grip Monomer - advanced UV blockers that guarantee no yellowing, superior “grip” adhesion and advanced plasticizer additives that act as shock absorbers and enhance flexibility.
Ensure you can obtain the correct mix ratio of liquid and powder for the system you are using for the best performance and longevity on the nail plate.
Make sure your work space is at the correct temperature – cool but comfortable.
The thicker the application the faster your product will set up, so if your nail enhancement is thick then it will set up quickly before you can pinch the extension to achieve the desired c – curve.
Use a good quality brush – my favourite is the Artistic Nail Design N# 10 crystal brush.
Always use a complete system – don’t mix monomer and polymer brands as this can create problems with the set and cure time of your enhancement along with adhesion problems and service breakdown, also the client may experience an exothermic reaction from non-compatible monomers and polymers when they are mixed together.
To keep your brush in optimum condition make sure you clean it well in monomer after each use – do not use brush cleaning products (only ever clean your brush in monomer).
Set and Cure times
All professional liquid and powder systems have different stages they go through during the set and cure process of the product, understanding and knowing the stages of the product you are using helps you master your application
Wet Stage – this occurs when the liquid and powder first interact, once the brush hits the powder the reaction times starts, this time varies from 10 -15 seconds and depends on the temperature
Working stage – this is when the acrylic product is a solid gel like matter which is pliable and easily moved around with your brush. The time you have to work with the product can vary from 30 seconds to 1 ½ minutes depending on the system you are using
Moulding stage - all liquid and powder systems have a moulding stage, this is the point that the product can no longer be moved around with your brush but it’s ready to be pinched so you can achieve a dramatic C-curve which ensures a stronger nail enhancement
This stage can vary between 2.5 – 5 minutes depending on the product you are using
Curing Stage - This is when the product turns onto a hard plastic, it usually takes around 6-8 minutes to be hard enough for you to file after application, when filing I personally wouldn’t recommended using a file any lower than a 180grit or an electric file as it can cause lifting of the freshly applied product if you file aggressively or use a file that’s too coarse
Liquid and powder enhancements can take up p 24 -48 hours to completely cure so during this time it’s important that clients aren’t rough on their nails
Recommended client homecare
Your client should apply cuticle oil x 1 -2 times per day to keep the enhancement flexible and the nail and surrounding skin conditioned.
And lastly ensure your client has regular maintenance services every 2-3 weeks depending on the growth of their natural nails.
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