The System

A Little History and Background


In 1954 a dentist broke his fingernail at work and crafted the first modern artificial nail. The dental porcelain used in the first nails (MMA) was too heavy and toxic when used for nail extensions. In the wake of FDA action in the 1970's all nail system manufacturers changed from MMA to EMA for their monomer liquids. Many of today's acrylics are still very hard and difficult to file.

Gel was introduced to salons in the mid 1980's but it was under-developed and didn't take on well. It re-emerged in the early 1990's re-formulated and stronger, but still not as strong as acrylic.

"Loved the courser! So excited to get started now. Every step was demonstrated thoroughly on a one to one basis which really helped. The system and materials used are really good quality, much better than I expected due to the price! I would definitely recommend ETI."

April McMillan, Blackpool.

When we were deciding on a system for our nail technician courses we wanted something that produced excellent results quickly. To master sculptured nail application can take months, so we chose preformed tips (with overlay) as they're easier to apply and there's less chance of damaging the client's nail. For an overlay we looked at the pros and cons of both gel and acrylic, especially from a student's point of view.

Out of the two the acrylic handles the best, until it starts to set. Students need more time to get the nail perfect than standard acrylic allows so there's an awful lot of filing involved to correct the shape. Gel looks natural and doesn't have the setting problem, but traditional gels have to be filed off increasing the risk of client nail damage. There were problems with either system, what we needed was something in between.

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The UV Cured Acrylic

UV cured acrylic has the strength of the acrylic and is acetone soluble. Like the gel it has no vapours, is very natural looking, self levelling and doesn't set while you are working on it. It is easier to file than normal acrylic and slightly flexible.

We used off-the-shelf UV cured acrylic to start with. It worked well, but we were never entirely happy with it. The inhibition layer was quite thick and it produced a very sticky surface. We had some problems with our suppliers too.

Eventually we approached a large American company and together we produced a formulation that cures quickly and thoroughly and leaves hardly any residue. Our UV cured acrylic is unique to us and cannot be bought through other wholesalers.

It has a similar consistency to a human nail and it's very hard to tell it's not real. It buffs well with a very fine 240 grit buffer and files like a dream. The powder colour is slightly pink and gives the impression of a natural nail. Most clients wear these nails with just a clear topcoat because they look so good and the great thing is they are very gentle on the clients own nails.

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Nail Preparation

You have probably heard it referred to as nail prep. If the nail isn't prepared properly then the extensions fall off or infections grow under them, or both. I'll run through the procedure quickly.

"Excellent course, one on one throughout the duration of the course with Hannah and Hazel. Small groups promoting a relaxed environment. UV acrylic is an excellent product, less mess, easier application."

Tina Hughes,
North Yorkshire.

The client should always wash their hands first, then be checked for contra-indications before you touch their skin. You'll learn about this on the course. The hands are then sprayed with Hand Sanitiser, the cuticle work completed and the nails buffed very lightly with a 240 grit buffer to remove the surface shine. They are then dehydrated and sanitised with Dehydrasize.

The tips are sized up and fitted and the nails and tips coated in Permabond, our bonder. There is a big difference between acid based primer and a bonder. The acid primer eats into the nail damaging it, bonders adhere the extension to the nail with no damage. The nail and tip is then ready for the UV cured acrylic.

Electric files or drills are never used and the tips are pre-blended to remove the risk of damage to the clients nails. The system is quick and easy to use, and learn, and produces strong natural looking extensions the clients love and are happy to keep wearing. The finish can be in a normal, UV or a gel topcoat depending on the client's wishes.

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