2009. december 19., szombat

Tips, and tricks, how to be organized at Christmas?

Tips for salon owners:

1. Lets begin the New Year at Christmas
Dont stick at the social tradition, that the new year begins at January. NO! In our profession, January-February are almost off-season. Dont waste your ads, and new promotions during this period. Invest this money in your bussiness BEFORE Christmas. Bring on new features, promotions, new products, and do amazing marketing AT Christmas time.

2. Bring the Holliday to your saloon
Bring your saloon a real Christmas athmosphere. Design the holliday accessories. Play Christmas songs from the HIFI center, slink in cinnamon, or apple fragrance, and stand in one of the corners, a decorated Christmas-tree. Create Christmas-gifts from paper-boxes. Tip: Decorate the decor-packs with your company logo.

3. Sale, sale, sale
Dont forget, that at Christmas time, people are more likely to shopping, and spend money. Create special packages for nail-care, pr create excusive gift-cards for the new year.

I wish merry Christmas, and a happy New Year for all nail technician from here, Hungary
Krisztina Rudnay

2009. október 30., péntek

The "Color Pop" Tip

Paint all your colors to color pops, or daisy-s. This can help to not open every nail polish, or colored gels, during the choose. Also, clients can see the colours better in this way.

Tip: separate them by tones. Dark and browns, pinks and cyclamens, reds and burgundies, funny colours...

Paint nail polishes just the same way as on the clients (2 layers of colour, 1 layer top coat). Never try to fix the problems (strokes, light colour...) of the nail polish. Your clients will be dissapointed at differences in results.
Tip: every three month, use fresh layer of top coat, to protect the colours, and bring always fresh, bright effects.

Paint different frenches. Simple french, french with different tips, pink base, beige base, french designs, so clients can easily choose from a variation of ideas.

Tip: paint only that desingns, what you can do perfectly.

2009. október 27., kedd

Nail polish storage and maintance

Be sure, to cap well when not in use.

Store away from sunlight.

Never make nail polish thinner with acetone, or polish remover. Use special product to make them thinner. And only one time. Than never again, if the nail polish become thicker, it means, the time to throw away.

2009. október 20., kedd

Nail Art Video

How to make 3D nail art designs inside a clear nail. I made it more funny, with different FIMO-s, and different size of glitters. Enjoy :)

2009. október 18., vasárnap

Injuries: Overfile the natural nail

The most common injury at the nail-saloons the overfileing the natural nail plate.

The fingernail plate is made of about 100 layers of dead, flattened keratin cells. Thousands of nail cells. The nail plate of the hand is thinner, the toenail is thicker. The nail technicians often use heavy hand files, or drills, and overfile more, than the half of the nail plate. The thin nail plate will cause problems also for the client, and for the nail technician too. Only a 240 grit, or higher file allowed to work on natural nails.

Its also impossible of the materials (enhancements, nail polish, base coats...) to adhesion well to a thin, smooth nailplate. On the thin nail plate, the monomers can easily penetrate, cause allergic reactions. Unfortunetly, the most nail technician overfile the natural nailplate.

To the best adhesion, you must file down only the very top layers of the natural nail, wich cause the siny surface. This shine made from oil, and dust, on the nail plate. Use light touch, while file down only 3-4 layers of the natural nail (it's about 2-3%), so you let healthy the 97-98% of the natural nail plate.

2009. október 10., szombat

Crystal Clear Romantica


Sculpt a custom blended nail, with nice, slim nail bed. Sculpt the free edge with clear powder. Work super-thinly.


Put some glitters (with different glitter-size) to the free edge, into the half settled product.


Place a small amount of clear product where you want the design to be, and push it into the bead.
Tip: Use a finely wet orangewood stick to get the designs, and place them right.


Sculpt the entire nail with clear product. Concentrate on the apex, and to cover the designs.

After shaping the nail, with gel Top Coat:

2009. október 5., hétfő

Defeat your competitors

Get out from the crowd

Choose something in your professional life, that is stronger than the others', and use as a slogen of your salon, services, or to harden your position as a nail technician. Build your services around this strength, wich can make you differet as the competitors.

  • Are you famos of your fantastic nail art?

  • Or you have a high quality web site, where clients can make appointments online?

  • Have you ever garanteed your services?

  • Nail techs around your area offer only tip and overlays? Maybe you can sculpt perfect, long lasting nails with a form, with fantastic curves smile lines?

Tell your costumers, what will they get after your service, what they wouldnt at your competitor.

2009. szeptember 28., hétfő

Base coat, top coat: what is the difference?

Base coat: To ensure adhesion between the natural nail plate and the colored nail polish. Use in one, thin layer under the color. Features: usually clear, dry quickly to a dull, stickey surface.

Top coat: Use on the top of the hal dried, colored nail polish to ensure protection and high shine. Great to fit flat nail designs, like stones, glitter... Features: Usually clear, slower dry (there are speed-dry top coats in the market), dry to a shiny, smooth surface.

Does 2in1 polishes work? I dont think so. As the two opposite functions of theese opposite properties dont work at the same time. I believe 2in1 (base and top coats) are not for professional use.

2009. szeptember 17., csütörtök

A golden, glossy, shiney nail

Golden designs

1. Custom blended nail bed

2. Build a thin, clear layer on the form. Until the product is not settled (or the gel, before curing) push some golden sliced glitters, glitter foils, and some glitter.

3. Put a small product ball to the nail, and push the golden designs into it.

4. Build the arches, the apex, and protect the designs with a layer of clear product.

5. File the nail to a perfect shape, and use gloss gel, to make the designs more shiney.

2009. szeptember 14., hétfő

Tips and tricks for custom blending

Warm skin tones: undertone of yellow, orange or red

Cool skin tones: undertone of purple, blue or green


Free edge: Forget the common pink and whites. Add a little shimmer, or creamy brown with the commonly use white powder, and give unique service for everyone.

Rates: Concentrate on the balance of the nail bed and the free edge. The free edge can be maximum the half of the nail bed.

Technique: At the 3rd zone, work thinly, that the differences of the custom blended nail, and the natural nail would be invisible.

Opaque: Add some white, or another opaque color to strengthen the opacity. The more opaque the color, the better the coverage to camouflage problems, and create illusion.

2009. szeptember 12., szombat

The problem: crack on the sides of the free edge

Commonly cracks of the free edges sides.

The base of the problem: You were afraid to touch the skin, therefore you put less than enough product to the sidewalls of the free edge. Maybe you filed down too much product, make the zone too thin. This can cause three problems:

1. Weakens the structure of the nail, cause cracks soon.
2. As the natural nail grows, the natural free edge become under the bad sculpting sidewalls. The client can picking it.
3. The nail crack soon at the sidewalls, and the whole free edge can come off.

The solution:

1. During the sculpting process, be sure that you work thinly, but put enough product to the sidewalls of the nail enhancement, and covered throughly the free edges sides. Leave a small margin around the surrounding skin. During the prep of backfill, file the free edges sides, than build again with fresh product.

2. At the finishing process, use a maximum 180 grit hand file, or higher, and always check out the sidewalls. Pull back the surronunding skins with your fingers, during filing.

Nails: Gabriella Strahl (Hungary)

2009. szeptember 8., kedd

The benefits of waterless manicure

Why waterless?

Fact: The water can soften the strong skin surrounding the nail plate, but it cause another effects:

Just like your body after showering, the hand's skin will drying after soaked in water. The nail plate penetrate with water, becoming soft, and vulnerable. You can easily damage the skin, or the nail plate during cutting the skin, or filing the free edge. After a few hours, the water will evaporate, and the nail plate become dry, hard, and rough. Change the water to professional skin softeners, high quality skin care, and base coats.

Step by step waterless manicure:

1. Shaping, reduce length
2. Skin softener (tip: Cuticle Away CND)
3. Push back cuticles, cut the skin if needed
4. Refine and cleanse the nail plate to buff with a fine block file
5. Buff oil into the nail plate

Tip: Use professional cuticle oil for manicures. The cheap oils, such for body's skin have bigger molecules, than the nail plate's size. Smaller molecules (what are in professional cuticle oils) can penetrate onto the nail plate. Bigger sizes can not.