Showing posts with label uv lamp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label uv lamp. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

6G is the Unit!

This just in...Pure Spa Direct is now carrying the Gelish LED 6G Curing Lamp by Nail Harmony! For all users still using UV light to cure your gel polishes, now is the time to change! If you haven't tried using a LED light, you don't know what you are missing! The Gelish LED 6G Lamp is a smaller and more economical version of the Gelish LED 9G Curing Lamp, but still packs the power! Curing times for both lamps is the same, and much shorter than their UV conterparts. Also, with 50,000 hours of LED Bulb Life, the Gelish LED 6G Curing Lamp can last as long as 5-7 years! A major benefit to this lamp is that you will never have to worry about buying replacment bulbs for the life of the lamp, which is be a huge cost-saver over time!

I'm lovin' the Gelish LED 6G Curing Lamp by Nail Harmony for a few reasons:
  1. Much faster curing times than UV Lights.
  2. Comes with a stand for ease and comfort!
  3. Sensor feature! Light turns on when hand is inserted under the lamp, and shuts off when curing time is up!
Purchase the Gelish LED 6G Curing Lamp Today!

Time saved=more clients serviced=more profits= Happy Spas and Salons!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Will my Gelish LED Light Cure CND Shellac Polish?

Will a Gelish LED Light Cure CND Shellac Polish? This is a hotly debated issue on the nail chat boards, but all the back and forth seems to be based on manufacturer claims and conjecture. From what I understand, both CND and Nail Harmony say no. But I am a scince guy and on the simplest level, I thought UV light falls in certain range of wavelengths and the power. The cure times seem to be based on the power output of a lamp -- more power = short cure times. But, before digging deep in to the science, we figured we'd try it. We cured the same color CND Shellac under a CND Shellac Lamp and a Nail Harmony 9G LED Lamp. And the drum roll please... both cured the same, both looked the same, both felt the same and both lasted the same. So YES it works!

We are assuming CND simply wants you to buy the CND Lamp and they don't offer a LED lamp, so they don't want you to use one. We are also assuming Nail Harmony was the first with a LED Lamp and so they wanted another strong point of difference favoring their product (other than than 72 color choices, all in stock, and longer manicure life of 21 days).

The only difference is the cure times. The Gelish LED is more powerful and has a slightly longer wavelength (still in the UV range) which drastically reduces cure times over UV Bulb Lamps. OK, so what is the big deal about using the LED UV Light? Time. How much time? Based on the following chart, about 9 minutes saved per manicure... 18 minutes if you do the thumbs separately like most nail tech do.


LED UV Lamp 36 Watt
UV Bulb Lamp
CND Shellac Base Coat 10 seconds 10 seconds
CND Shellac Color Coat #1 30 seconds 120 seconds
CND Shellac Color Coat #2 30 seconds 120 seconds
CND Shellac Top Coat 30 seconds 120 seconds
TOTAL CURE TIME PER HAND 100 seconds
(1.67 minutes)
370 seconds
(6.17 minutes)

And as we all know, time = money. Quicker service time means happier customers and more customers per day for you. LED UV Lamps are totally worth the higher price. And, as an added boon, the LED Lights don't lose power over time. UV Bulb lights usually need new bulbs every 2 months or so, but LED UV lights have the same power day in and day out for about 5 years!

Here is what we found works with the Nail Harmony 9G LED Lamp:

CND Shellac:
Base Coat (10 seconds)
Shellac Color (30 seconds)
Top Coat (30 seconds)

Nail Harmony Gelish:
Foundation Gel - Base Coat (10 seconds)
Structure Gel (30 seconds)
Gelish Color (30 seconds)
Top It Off - Top Coat (30 seconds)


Jessica Geleration:
Base Gel (10 seconds)
Geleration Color (30 seconds)
Soak-off Sealer (30 seconds)

NSI Polish Pro:
Base Coat (10 seconds)
Polish Pro Color (30 seconds)
Top Coat (30 seconds)

Entity One Color Couture:
Base Coat (10 seconds)
Couture Color (30 seconds)
Top Coat (30 seconds)

FYI for the Geeks like me -- Ultraviolet (UV) light has a wavelength shorter than that of visible light in the range 10 nm to 400 nm. The bulb UV lamps typically have two peaks of output wavelengths at 253.7 nm and 185 nm. 85% of the UV produces by these lamps is at 253.7nm and only 5-10% is at 185nm. The UV LED lamps have very limited output below 365nm. LED efficiency at 365 nm is about 5-8%, whereas efficiency at 395 nm is closer to 20%, and power outputs at these longer UV wavelengths are also better.

CLICK HERE to see the Nail Harmony 9G LED Lamp

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Shellac Attack!- The Nail Biter Experience- Day 1 - Review by Kerri

The joke around the office is that the new CND Shellac is the best
invention since the Internet, and for us ladies it just might be!

Since the beginning of manicure history, a 14-day manicure has always
been unheard of - especially if you’re like me who has been plagued by
nail and cuticle biting their entire life! From the moment I heard
about this, I could not wait for our CND Shellac Kits to arrive. And
today, for the first time, I was "shellacked." I've always been
partial to a glamorous light pink so I selected the CND Shellac
Romantique as my color of choice. I had my nails pre-manicured and my
cuticles clipped. With each coat that was applied, I became more and
more excited to see the finished product. I could not believe how fast
the UV lamp cured the nails. I am so used to waiting for my nails dry,
that I had to be reminded that it was okay to fix my hair with my
freshly painted nails, the minute after we finished! Most importantly,
my nails have stayed far away from my mouth. Even an habitual nail
biter wouldn't want to chomp on these perfectly polished and shiny
nails. 1st day=Success!

Shellac Attack: We Really Can Have It All!! Review by Adrienne

Emotions at Pure Spa Direct have been running high ever since the announcement that CND would be introducing their new Shellac manicure system. All us ladies have been waiting with great anticipation to see the colors, feel the consistency of the polish, and see if it can really stand up to the everyday wear that our nails go through.

I, for one, was skeptical. I am one those women that ruins my new manicure, oh, about, 3.5 seconds after I put my hands under the dryer. How could anything, short of acrylics, work for me? Also, even if my polish stayed on for 2 weeks, how could my nail beds possibly maintain that fresh manicure look? Well, we have 2 weeks to discover the answers to these questions. Here is Day 1...

The very first thing I did before anything was applied to my nails was rub all of them with a plastic-backed, lint-free pad that was soaked with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. This made my nails clean and ready to be Shellac-Attacked. My color of choice was Red Baroness, a sparkling raspberry color that can change to a more cranberry tone, depending upon the light. It is absolutely gorgeous, the kind of color that I want to show off. Also, due to its varying shade, it is also a very versatile color.

The process, in a nutshell, was: Base Coat, bake 10 secs, 1st color coat, bake 2 mins, 2ND color coat, bake 2 mins, top coat, bake 2 mins. Repeat on other hand. In essence, the whole process takes exactly 12 minutes and 20 seconds longer than a traditional manicure, BUT, no drying time and no worrying about inevitable smudges and dents! I don't know about any of you, but I have sat under the nail dryer for 20-30 minutes, and STILL wrecked my manicure before I even left the salon.

The end product is absolutely stunning. I have been getting tons of compliments on the color and shine of the polish, from friends and strangers alike. And rather than having to do activities with extra care and focus, I have been able to throw caution to the wind, successfully combining my tomboyish nature and love of shimmering nails.

As a note, the CND Solar Oil is ESSENTIAL!! I have very dry hands and cuticles and using the 99% Isopropyl Alcohol definitely does not help my situation. After one application of the oil, however, my nail-beds looked and felt super moisturized. I will be applying it every day, multiple times a day, to ensure that my cuticles stay as fresh and gorgeous as my Shellac Manicure does.

As far as CND Shellac, this girl is hooked ;-)