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refresh my memory please!
#1
Hey ladies, I’m a stylist, not a nail pro – although as a cosmetologist, I’m covered – but I’m not really a skilled nail tech ... so a few years ago I played around with gel polish. I had a love/hate thing with it ...but I never did anything with it.

...I have decided I want to add gel polish as a service at my salon. I don’t want to get into extensions or tips, just polish ...it’s just me ...in my little 10 x 12 space inside a busy multifaceted building ...so I need a refresher on the process. Is it the same process, pretty much from one line to another?

start with:
dry mani ...remove any excess cuticle
gently rough up natural nail
swipe with dehydrating solution ( 99% alcholol will work??)

apply base gel – cure ...WIPE tacky layer off?

apply color coat 1 ( incorporating free edge)
cure
DO NOT wipe tacky layer off??
coat 2 – cure
DO NOT wipe tacky layer off?
top coat/sealer
cure
wipe tacky layer off
DONE?

what am I missing?? Thanks for the help!Shy
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#2
You don't wipe the tacky layer off after the base. The only time you wipe it off is at the end (with the lines I have used anyway).
I live in my own little world, but its okay they know me here Wink
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#3
Where are you located? I would recommend finding a tech close to you that you can sit down with. Hopefully someone nearby would be willing to help you out.
Candice
Nail Tech/Owner
http://www.PanacheNailStudio.com
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#4
I'm in northern NY ...that's where I was confused - when to wipe! I might be able to find tech who will go over the procedure with me
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(04-15-2013, 09:06 PM)loribe Wrote: I'm in northern NY ...that's where I was confused - when to wipe! I might be able to find tech who will go over the procedure with me


Most of the big brands have videos on youtube you can review also!
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#6
You can also check with your local beauty supply. They often offer classes for gelish, opi and CND.
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#7
What part of northern NY? I am in Pulaski and I would be happy to help you out! Smile
Darcy
Light Elegance Educator
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#8
(04-16-2013, 06:42 AM)Darcy Wrote: What part of northern NY? I am in Pulaski and I would be happy to help you out! Smile


Thanks for the offer Darcy! I am up in Massena though ...about 2 hours farther north.
I did have a DVD from NSI but who knows where that ended up ... I'm going to be ordering from the Cuccio Veneer line - I think they include instructions ...I have a few clients who would be happy to let me 'practice' on them. Hopefully it will all come back to me!
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#9
It is a little bit of a distance, but I hope that one day we can get together, I just love to have other techs to talk Nail-talk with!
I have not tried the Cuccio Veneer line, but I have tried their traditional nail lacquer and it is fantastic!
Light Elegance's P2 is my go to soak off line. It is growing with more colors and I Love the base, No filing the natural nail Ever. Just push cuticle, cleanse & base, cure, 2 coats color, curing each, Top coat and Voila! Super Easy and wears fabulously.
Darcy
Light Elegance Educator
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#10
Cuccio's soak off gel is truly wonderful - I also use mani-Q base & colors, but now I always use the Cuccio top coat.
Candice
Nail Tech/Owner
http://www.PanacheNailStudio.com
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(04-17-2013, 11:18 AM)CandiceAE Wrote: Cuccio's soak off gel is truly wonderful - I also use mani-Q base & colors, but now I always use the Cuccio top coat.


I just ordered Cuccio! Cant wait to try it!
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