Showing posts with label Gelish colors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gelish colors. Show all posts

Friday, January 11, 2013

Back to Basics 2013 - Week 2: Gelish Troubleshooting, Tips, Tricks, and More!

Last week, we discussed Gelish Application Instructions. For those of you who have been performing Gelish for a while now, I am sure Application is old news. You have your system, your routine, and it is working for you....most of the time. Sometimes, a client throws you a curveball, though. If you have experienced this, keep reading! Pure Spa Direct has collected some of the most common questions concerning Gelish, and answered them below!

Gelish Features a wide array of colors - there is something for everyone in this collection!

Gelish Troubleshooting
Issue: Some of my clients are experiencing polish shrinkage around the cuticle.
Answer:  Excess oil on the nail bed will cause shrinkage. Make sure you wipe the nails with Gelish Cleanser, and apply at least 1 coat of Gelish pH Bond prior to applying the Gelish Base Coat.
Question: After curing, my clients are experiencing bubbling in their polish.
Answer: Bubbling is often cause when Gelish is applied too thickly - apply the THINNEST COATS possible! Also, VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you are NOT SHAKING your Gelish products. If you shake your Gelish, it will bubble!
PRO TIP: Nail techs, you MUST resist the urge of making the first coat look perfect and opaque. The first coat should be streaky with some transparency. The second coat will smooth out the appearance. If desired, you can add a third, very light coat to create richer color and coverage.
NOTE: If polish is applied too thickly, the client may feel a burning sensation during curing! Thin coats are the key!

Question: Gelish is not curing within the times advertised... Sometimes I need to leave my clients hand in the lamp for 10 minutes. Is the product defective?
Remove the blue film before using!
Answer: If you are using Gelish’s LED Curing Lamp - make SURE you removed the BLUE sticker / film on the reflective, slide out tray inside the Gelish LED lamp. This blue film peels of easily, in one piece, revealing a highly reflective surface area needed for proper curing. Discard blue film. 
Remember, Gelish’s formula was designed to quickly cure in their LED lamp, but it can be properly cured in UV lamps by closely following these guidelines:
  • If using a UV Lamp, make sure that is has at least 36 watts. If it is less than 36 watts, you will need to upgrade.
  • UV lights are filled with gases that degrade over time. This is the natural course for UV bulbs, but the degradation increases with elevated temperatures. Even something simple like dust on the bulbs reflects heat back into the bulbs and accelerates the degradation. Every time you turn on your UV lamp, the bulbs are slowly becoming less powerful. To ensure that your clients’ nails are being properly cured every single time, you should replace your bulbs every 2 months. If you wait any longer, curing times will drastically increase while the curing quality will drastically decrease.

Question: My clients’ nails are not lasting for 21 days. Only a few days in, they are experiencing chipping, peeling, and breaking. What gives?
Answer: There are several recommendations to prevent your clients’ nails from chipping, peeling, or breaking:
  1. Remember the old adage: “Treat your nails as jewels, NOT tools.” This is especially important for clients transitioning from acrylic nails to gel-polish nails. Natural nails with gel-polish on them will not withstand the same beating an acrylic name would.
  2. Follow all of the steps above regarding curing. The first step to ensure that the polish stays on your clients’ nails is to make sure that they are being cured properly.
  3. DO NOT perform a wet manicure before applying the Gelish. If the nail is waterlogged before the base coat is applied, the nail will shrink once it dries out, and the Gelish will peel within days. Do a dry nail prep instead! If you must do a wet manicure, apply and cure the base coat first. Doing so will seal off the nail from absorbing any more moisture, and protect the integrity of the Gelish application.
  4. Make sure to cap the free edge of the nail for EVERY coat. Capping the free edge first will prevent a bulb from forming at the edge of the nail.
  5. Maintain a tiny free margin around the cuticle and sidewall areas.
  6. Encourage your clients to apply Gelish Nourish cuticle oil daily, to keep their nails flexible and strong.
  7. It is always a good practice to wear gloves when working with your hands, especially if you are working with any chemicals.
  8. Clients who naturally have nails that tend to peel and break might need to have Gelish Structure applied to give the nail an extra layer of strength.

Question: Do I need to shake Gelish a lot like Shellac? If I don’t shake it, won’t it become thick?
Answer: No! Never, ever shake your Gelish product. The polish is good to go the moment you open the bottle. In fact, shaking can be detrimental and cause the product to become filled with bubbles.
PRO TIP: Think of Gelish as Jell-O. Would you never shake Jell-O? Never... shaking would ruin it. Same with Gelish! Just open and enjoy! 

Question: Will Gelish cause white spots on the nail like other brands?
Answer: No! One of the best features about Gelish is that it will protect the natural nail. Other brands are formulated with lacquer, which by its nature, removes the moisture and nutrients from the nail. Gelish IS NOT formulated with lacquer, but is, instead, a pigmented gel. Gel merely sits on top of the nail and essentially protects the nail. It is still strongly recommended that your clients use Nourish cuticle oil daily. 

Question: How do I market / advertise Gelish in my Salon / Spa?
Answer: If you are a Pure Spa Direct Gelish Customer, you will receive a complimentary, exclusive edition poster for your establishment that is guaranteed to create interest and bookings! 

Professional Application Tips & Tricks:
  • Use the Gelish Cleanser. It has been specifically formulated to work with the Gelish polishes for optimum shine that lasts.
  • When removing the shine from the nail, bring the buffer up and down the nail, lengthwise, in a vertical motion. If you buff the nail from side to side, it is easy to miss the tips and edges. Removing the shine from the nail plate ensures better adhering of the base coat.
  • DO NOT soak nails or have the nails exposed to water for any amount of time before the application and curing of the base coat.
  • Do not over-cure the base coat. Leave it in the lamp for only the allotted time – 10 Seconds in the LED Lamp or 1 Minute in a 36 Watt UV Lamp. Over-curing can make the removal process significantly more difficult.
  • Make sure that you do the dry cleaning of the nail after applying the Foundation Gel or the Structure Gel. It will ensure that the color coat better adheres to the product underneath it.
  • Apply the product in very, very thin layers. If desired, you can do 3 color coats, but make sure each coat is extremely thin.
  • ALWAYS cap the free edge with every layer applied, even with the base coat. This can mean the difference between a 5 day manicure and a 14 day manicure.


Long-Term Satisfaction Tips & Tricks:
  • Clients should be using Nourish Cuticle Oil daily. This will help moisturize their natural nails and retain their flexible nature. It will also help maintain the flexible feeling of Gelish.
  • When applying Nourish Cuticle Oil, apply it to the top of the nail, plus underneath the free edge. After applying, massage the oil into the nail and cuticle. Advise your clients to do the same.
  • If your clients’ natural nails are overly dry, try a warm Nourish Cuticle Oil soak. Use an oil warmer or place small bowl of Nourish Cuticle Oil in a larger bowl of warm water. Put just enough Nourish oil to cover the tips of the fingers. Soak for 5 min after application of Gelish.
  • Immediately after Gelish removal, wash the client’s hand with plenty of water using mild soap. Strong soap or detergents are also sources of dehydration.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Back to Basics 2013 - Week 1: Gelish Application Instructions and Tips

I know the nail market is currently saturated with Gel-Polish Hybrids, but since this is the biggest category to hit the nail industry in recent memory, I wanted to revisit application and troubleshooting tips.

For nail techs who are currently using Gelish, a quick review of this post will help refresh you to continue providing your clients with the best possible service. For nail techs who have not yet jumped at this huge trend, hopefully some of this information will ease any concerns you have and provide answers to some of your questions!


Gelish Application Instructions:
  1. Sanitize the nails and your clients hands.
  2. Push back the cuticle.
  3. Remove cuticle from nail plate.
  4. Shape the natural nail using your 240 grit file of choice.
  5. Gently remove the shine using the 100 grit side of a 100/180 Buffer.
  6. Remove the dust and clean the nail.
  7. Wipe the nail with Gelish Cleanser (Blue Liquid) using a lint free wipe.
  8. Apply Gelish PH Bond to the nail plate. APPLY SPARINGLY - i.e. very thin coat!
  9. Apply Gelish Base Coat (GELISH FOUNDATION GEL) - first seal the edges of the nail.
    Then apply a THIN APPLICATION to the nail plate using a gentle, massaging, circular motion with the brush.
    If you apply too thick a coat, your results will suffer.
  10. Place hand in the Gelish LED Light for 10 seconds or a 36 Watt UV Light for 1 minute.
    As with ALL UV products, cure thumbs separately for best results.

    NOTE: For Clients with NAILS PRONE TO THINNING AND PEELING, add the following two Enhancement Steps:
    1. Apply GELISH STRUCTURE GEL in a THIN LIGHT APPLICATION from cuticle to free edge to build structure to the nail. Seal the edges of the nail & the free edge.
    2. Place hand in LED Light for 30 seconds or 36 Watt UV Light for 2 minutes.
      As with ALL UV products, cure thumbs separately for best results.

  11. Remove some of the tacky surface residue with clean dry brush or clean dry lint free Wipe.
    DO NOT USE CLEANSER... this is a DRY cleaning.
  12. Apply Gelish Color Coat of Choice. First, seal the free edge of the nail. Then, apply to the nail plate in a THIN LIGHT APPLICATION from cuticle to free edge.
    If you apply too thick a coat, your results will suffer. APPLICATION SHOULD BE ALMOST SEE-THROUGH ON 1st COAT!
  13. Place hand in the LED Light for 30 seconds (20 seconds for light colors) or a 36 Watt UV Light for 2 minutes.
    If using the Gelish 18G LED lamp, cure all 5 fingers at once. With ALL other UV/LED lamps, cure thumbs separately for best results.
  14. Repeat Step 11, 12 &13 for second color coat. If deeper color is desired, can repeat again for a third color coat.
  15. Apply Gelish Top Coat (GELISH TOP IT OFF GEL SEALER). First seal the free edge. Then, apply from cuticle to free edge using a THIN LIGHT APPLICATION.
    If you apply too thick a coat, your results will suffer.
  16. Place hand in LED Light for 20 seconds or 36 Watt UV Light for 2 minutes.
    If using the Gelish 18G LED lamp, cure all 5 fingers at once. With ALL other UV/LED lamps, cure thumbs separately for best results.
  17. Wipe off the tacky surface residue with Gelish Cleanser (Blue Liquid).
  18. Apply Nourish cuticle oil to the skin surrounding the nail.

IMPORTANT TECH TIPS:
  • Gelish recommended cure times are based on using a Gelish Harmony LED Curing Light or 36 watt UV Light for curing. For best performance follow recommended cure times.
  • For best results, be sure to cap the free edge of each nail. Edges that have not been capped tend to wear and chip faster.
  • Be sure to remove any excess Gelish from the client's skin PRIOR to curing each layer!
  • Performing a wet manicure is NOT RECOMMENDED prior to applying Gelish. The worst thing for the natural nail is water. If the nail is waterlogged before the base coat is applied, it is perfectly natural for the nail to peel within days, once the nail dries and shrinks back to its natural size. Do a dry nail prep rather than a hand soaking, etc. If you must do a wet manicure, apply and cure the base coat first. Doing so will seal off the nail from absorbing any further moisture, and protect the Gelish manicure from chipping and peeling.
Check back next week for Gelish Troubleshooting Tips, Tricks, and More! Do you use Gelish? Do you have any tricks you have learned? We would love to hear about them!

Friday, August 31, 2012

NEW From CND Shellac: CND Shellac Nourishing Remover

The newest addition to the CND Shellac line is the CND Shellac Nourishing Remover, available now at Pure Spa Direct in 8 oz and 32 oz bottles.

According to CND: "Building off CND Shellac’s convenient and gentle ten minute removal process, CND Shellac Nourishing Remover, out in September 2012, will reduce removal time to eight minutes. CND Shellac Nourishing Remover is infused with macadamia and Vitamin E oils to condition nails and softly remove color."

Gentler than acetone on the nails and skin, with added Macademia Oil and Vitamin E, CND Nourishing Remover sounds, well, nourishing! And shortening removal time from 10 minutes to 8 minutes is a great plus, too! I know 2 minutes does not sound like a lot of time, but if you do 10 removal services a day, you will save 20 minutes! How quickly the time adds up!

Will you stick with your current removal process, or check out the nourishing properties of CND Nourishing Remover?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Shellac Maxi Kits


The warm weather has the girls gettin' their nails ready because Shellac Maxi Kits have been selling like hot cakes! They're moving faster than Jeremy Lin's jersey sales! Let's hope he keeps it up..... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy and a Knick Fan! See our great CND Shellac Maxi Complete Starter Kit with Programmable CND Shellac UV Lamp HERE!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Available Now for Pre-Order: NEW Spring 2012 Shellac And Gelish Collections!

Calling all Nail Techs! Whether you use Shellac, Gelish, or both, the new color releases expected in March for both lines are sure to WOW all of your clients!

The Shellac System features a Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat. Together with a 36 Watt UV lamp, they comprise the breakthrough in resilient color that remains flawless for 14-days and removes in 10 minutes.

The sophisticated, funky colors in the Spring 2012 line will become instant classics, whether your clients are looking for fun effects or classy neutrals.

  • Gold VIP Status - Sheer Golden Shimmer Effect: great for layering over any color for a fun effect!
  • Silver VIP Status - Sheer Diamond Shimmer Effect: great for layering over any color for a fun effect!
  • Dark Lava - Stormy Raisin
  • Rubble - Mushroom Taupe: Modern twist on a classic neutral!
  • Cityscape - Creamy Dove Gray: 2012 Chic!
  • Silver Chrome - Iron Metallic: Rock Classic for an Edgy Mani!

Gelish Soak Off Gel Polish, Performs like a Gel, Applies like a Polish™ for 21 Days of Amazing Color!

Spring 2012 brings the Gelish Candy Land Collection from Nail Harmony. Candy-coat your nails with a selection of shades so sweet they're sure to leave you addicted!

  • Sugar Daddy - Sweet Blue reminiscent of Blue Raspberry Jolly Ranchers is sure to please!
  • You're Such a Sweet-Tart - Lime green fun for spring!
  • Don't Be Such a Sourpuss - Lemon-drop yellow will have you singing!
  • Sugar N' Spice & Everything Nice - No girly girl can go wrong with Bubble-gum pink!
  • Orange Cream Dream - Creamsicle for your nails...yum!
  • You're So Sweet You're Giving Me a Toothache - Cotton Candy Sweet!
Both collections are due to start shipping in early March, and we will ship all Pre-Orders in the order that they were placed - so place your order and get on the list today! Pre-Ordering makes life easy, order and forget about it....Pure Spa will do the rest!

Which collection are you excited to try?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mix it Up a Bit and Have FUN With Fall Nail Colors!

Okay, let's be realistic....Mondays can be a drag.
But let's crush that "2:30 feeling" and pep things up, shall we?



When seasons change, so do we. For Spring, we like to brighten up with pastel nails and pretty pink blush, and bring out those bleach blonde streaks paired with a sexy French manicure for Summer. Those seasons are great times to shine, and so are Fall and Winter! So get out your pens, take down notes, and get ready to look hot when the temperatures cool down.

My favorite season is Fall: apple picking, carving pumpkins, breathtaking foliage...it's a beautiful time of year! Think of those foliage colors: reds, yellows, oranges, purples, and browns. You bring those colors out with your clothes, so why not bring them out with your nails, too? I have some very pretty nail color suggestions for Fall.


If you're looking for something:

Red or Pink:

Brown or Beige:

Orange or Yellow:

Fun and Funky:


Fall is a beautiful time of year, and it's a great time to show off your fun nails (and your fabulous fall fashion knowledge!).

Friday, January 14, 2011

72 Colors including High Voltage...

So by now, we have all heard about these new gel manicures that apply like a polish and lasts for days and days and days....you get the idea. But with so many new lines popping up, how do you choose?

A personal favorite is the Gelish line. Aside from being easy to apply, remove, and standing up to all the rigors of my insane life, Gelish offers an absolutely amazing range of colors....which is set to increase by 24 at the end of this month - making the line a full 72 colors!


The new 24-color line will be ready to ship by the first week in February, and is currently available for pre-sale. This line rounds out the already amazing line of colors. There are some more really trendy glitter colors, including High Voltage which is a gorgeous deep pink glitter. It just screams Summer Pedicure, and has me dreaming of those summer nights.... As companions to the trendy glitters, there is Medieval Madness, a gunmetal gray, and Up in the Blue, a fun sky blue - perfect for those trendsetters strutting into your salon!

The line also features some gorgeous dark colors perfect for winter, including Plum and Done, a deep and dark plum; Hot Rod Red, a candy apple red; and Black Cherry Berry, a beautiful dark cherry red.

In addition to all the fun and funky colors Gelish is offering, there are some new whites for French Manicures, as well as some more pretty, pale sheers. Combined with some pearly and bright pinks, the new Gelish color line can stand on its own as a perfect selection for ALL of your clients.

If you are dying to add some more Gelish colors to your selection, you can pre-order them here, and Pure Spa Direct will automatically ship them to you as soon as they are available. If you are new to Gelish, these new colors add a fun twist to the colors already available, and is a great place to start with this amazing new product!

Monday, May 24, 2010

CND Shellac Troubleshooting - Review by Rebeca

Troubleshooting: Ensuring that a Shellac manicure delivers on it's 14 day promise.

The condition & health of your clients natural nails matters. If a client's natural nails tend to chip, peel and bend, they will still chip, peel and bend -- even with Shellac on! Shellac does not become hard or rigid, so what the nail tends to do (like peel), Shellac will not prevent that from happening. Obviously this can lead to chipping before the 14 days are up. Personally, I would make sure that I disclose to clients with problem nails that they may not get an entire 14 days out of the manicure. My philosophy has been to under promise and over deliver! So even if clients with problem nails get 10+ days from their Shellac manicure, that is still significantly longer than a standard manicure and it will be significantly more glossy and beautiful. Another way to ensure that your clients get the most out of their manicure is to make sure that you follow
the CND Shellac protocol and usage directions. Most of the time, just adjusting your technique, and using LESS product can help troubleshoot problems.

Troubleshooting Issues:

Peeling:
- Polish application was too thick -- Thin and even coats work best.
- Never Skip: Eliminating surface oils by scrubbing the nail with ScrubFresh before applying Shellac UV base coat.

Crazing/ Crackling:
- Polish application was too thick.
- Must be using 36 W Lamp for curing.

Peeling / Lifting: Keep in mind that THIN layers are key to a successful Shellac application. A think layer of polish or Top Coat can make the product peel off the nail.

Keep in Mind: Shellac is NOT a strength building product, it's a replacement for polish on manicure clients that want a longer lasting results. Nail enhancements may be a better choice for clients that need a nail make-over of some kind. Clients with brittle and dry nails that chip or peel easily, and those with thin nails that bend easily are NOT ideal clients for the Shellac service.

Rebeca's Shellac Update:
About my nails & my Shellac experience. Let me start of by saying, I am not the ideal Shellac candidate. My nails peel, chip, bend and break 1-2 times a week. So, due to my nails' delicate condition, I did not get an entire 14 days out of my Shellac manicure... but I did have a glorious 10 day love affair with my Shellac French Manicure until I chipped a nail. Yet, despite my natural nail short comings -- I AM CRAZY IN LOVE WITH THIS PRODUCT!

What My Shellac Manicure SURVIVED IN 10.5 Days
!

- I caught my nail TWICE in the zipper of my handbag -- not a scratch, tear, break or chip! Astonishing.

- I accidentally spilled Tea Tree essential oil all over my manicure (massage training class). Usually EO's eat through my polish -- my Shellac did not budge!

- I rearranged the furniture on my Patio, re-potted 6 plants (without gloves) and scrubbed windows. No problemo!

- Went to COSTCO. Enough said right? After I got home with 3 shopping carts of stuff, I opened countless cardboard mega-boxes with atomic cardboard pull tabs that ALWAYS kill my polish... not this time. Even survived opening plastic, clam shell packaging... that alone is amazing!

- I PEELED the labels off of a new set of 4 glasses with my nails... not a CHIP!

- Survived my OCD hand washings. I have an excessive hand washing ritual & a Purell addiction. Probably why my nails peel!

But as predicted, my peely nails finally did their thing, and I had my first Shellac casualty in the late evening of day 10 (as you can see from photo). Nothing major happened. I was reading my Kindle, looked up and my stomach sank... the corner of my nail had peeled and chipped away. As you can see, the Shellac only peeled back with the break, and did not peel off entirely. Notice that my French Shellac mani still looks GREAT after 10+ days! I had a little bit of grow out, but other than that - my nails look amazing.

Summary: Assess your clients natural nail before the service. A client with strong, (non-peeling) natural nails are your best candidates for a 14 day Shellac result. For clients with nails in less that "perfect" condition, Shellac will still provide a longer lasting manicure than conventional nail polish - but it may be shy of 14 days.

UPDATE! Click Here for more CND Shellac troubleshooting tips on the Pure Spa Direct main web site.