Ever try to open a bottle of lacquer after giving a mani or pedi massage????
Besides the bottle being slippery, I also started having troubles with this after doing nails for so many years. It sometimes became hard to get those bottles of polish open. Especially at the end of a busy day.
I found the simplest thing to help get those darned things open.
I discovered it accidentally one day when I was about to polish my customers toes during her pedicure. We all know how hard it is to open anything right after you have put on hand or body cream. This was the problem I had. I could not get the darned thing open. I kept slipping and sliding on the bottle top!
So, I just grabbed a simple elastic band to give me more “grip” on the bottle top!
Worked like a charm! I have seen larger pieces of rubberized plastic that different marketers use to advertise products. Like ones from a arthritis medicine company. I know friends with arthritis that love those things to help them open jars ect.
But, honestly, a good old fashion rubber band does a perfect job!
Historically, there has been a bad connotation with the word “primer”. Some folks, when they think of a nail primer, they envision the old old old acrylic nail primers that contained methacrylic acid.
In the olden days, this primer was used in conjunction with excessive filing of the natural nail before applying acrylic liquid and powder nail enhancements.
Thank goodness, technology has help the nail industry evolve. And allows us to use more healthful methods of applying artificial nail enhancements.
To help understand the uses of a primer, it should be defined.
Primers are any substance that improves adhesion. Base coats are primers for your nails and nail polish!
Just like we primer our walls before we paint, using a primer before applying nail polish is a must.
Primers act as a “joiner” between the natural nail and your favorite polish color.
You can think of it like double sided tape. Where one end adheres to the nail and the other end adheres to the color.
There are several advantages of using a good base coat. And there are many different types of base coats for different uses.
Let’s look at them. There is base coat for natural nails, acrylic nails, and gel nails.
Each one of them is designed with certain chemicals to work in conjunction with your natural nail and a certain product.
Natural nail base coats are a thin coat of priming agents to help color adhere.Ridge filling base coats are great for use with nails that are less than perfectly smooth. Or for use with acrylic nails to save your technician filing time.
Gel base coats are an integral part of the gel color system and unless the gel color is a one step product, like Lacqit, you have to use the base coat. Otherwise, your gel color will come right off.
Natural nail base coats may contain products to help nourish the nail as well.
Another great reason to use base coats, besides it adhesion properties, is that it will help keep your color true during wear.
And when applied properly, will speed up drying time. It also helps prevent chips in your polish.
Probably the most important quality in a good base coat is that it will keep your polish from staining your nail!!!! Who wants icky looking nails after wearing that fabulous vixen red color???
A little bit of Hawaii can’t hurt in these cooler months.
Although I still have tomatoes growing in my garden here in Las Vegas, it is getting colder. Snow on the mountains the last couple of days. It is really pretty but I felt like I needed a little Hawaiian break.
Making Hawaiian flowers is quite easy. Acrylic paint and a stylus is all you need for these fun little bits of nail art.
Step by step for you. I used a nail palette because I just did my tattoo’d nails and am still enjoying them.
You can start with a colored nail or do this art on a natural nail as well.
To start, just dip your stylus into your acrylic color of choice. I used orange and yellow for the flowers and some white to accent them.
Start by making a triangle.
Then just keep adding them until you have formed a complete circle.
I wanted a plethora of flowers so I added some to the sides as well.
Then I added the yellow ones.
Then using the yellow, I accented the orange flowers.
I used white to accent the yellow ones.
Next some leaves of green using a wooden cuticle stick and green acrylic paint.
A flash of sparkle with a dark green gem stone.
And top coat to seal it all in and add some shine to the acrylic paint.Makes me almost feel the warm breeze from the oceans in Hawaii! !
One of the biggest complaints that I have heard about nail lacquer is when it gets thick.
Gals who love a color and use it a lot complain that as time goes on, the lacquer gets thicker in the bottle and doesn’t dry as fast. Sometimes, leaving them in a lurch with dings and “rub outs” on their lacquered digits!
Some of us who love and covet certain colors don’t want to have to throw away our favorites.
Solvents in lacquer are what keep it from drying too quickly. This allows us to apply the color in a timely fashion without it hardening on our nails as we are polishing!
When we open a bottle of lacquer, it is being exposed to the air. This lets the process of evaporation begin.
There is really quite a simple fix for thickening and hardening nail lacquer.
Professional Nail Technicians who have a good amount of money invested in lacquers know the trick to keeping them thin and spreadable.
Again, its the solvents in lacquer are what keep them useable. In other words, the solvents keep lacquer at the right consistency to apply quickly and that allows them to dry properly.
One thing we don’t think about after we have painted our fingernails, is the condition of the bottle. If the bottle has polish around the lip of it, the lid will not seal properly and the lacquer will continue to be exposed to the air.
Even though it is a small amount, over time, the solvents disappear and the lacquer thickens up.
Nail technicians know that to keep their investments in tip top shape, they have to keep the neck of the bottle clean and free of lacquer. The simple act of wiping the neck of the bottle with a lint free wipe with some polish remover on it will do the trick.
They may do this after every service or once a week. What ever time frame they use, it keeps the lacquer in a very usable state.
Lacquer colors that have a large amount pigment are susceptible to thickening even quicker that ones with less pigment. Stark white’s such as OPI’s “Alpine Snow” is a example of this.
This color is widely used for french manicures, which requires more precision and takes a little longer, allowing more air into the bottle.
So for this reason, it is a great investment (and a very inexpensive one) to have a bottle of Lacquer Thinner on hand. There are several different brands, but the one I use is from OPI.
It contains the proper amounts of both ethyl and butyl acetate (the solvents that keep lacquer, well, solvent!) to revive your thick and gooey nail colors.
Simply add a few drops of the thinner to your bottle, roll in the palm of your hands to incorporate well and your ready to polish without having to fight a thick bottle of lacquer. If you lacquer is still thick, just add a few more drops, roll again, and check it out.
I would caution you from using too much at once. It’s easy to add more but a lot harder to try and take it away.
A simple solution to a everyday problem.
So nice, especially when you are a busy nail technician. Nothing worse than working with products or tools that aren’t up to snuff!