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Priming a Sable Brush

Priming a Sable Brush

Priming a brush is very important, especially for sable brushes. Dry wipe the brush on a clean paper towel (dye free) and spread the bristles wide. You will see the white flaky arabic gum which has been used to hold the bristles in shape. You need to dust as much as you can out, splay the bristles gently but move them a lot and change paper towels a few times till it stops dusting. Then you need to use monomer on it. I don't recommend anything else, as acetone or ISO can break down the glue inside the ferrule and cause your brush to...


Acrylic Brush or Gel Brush? What's the difference?

Acrylic Brush or Gel Brush? What's the difference?

So, a really common question people ask, is about how to choose a brush for acrylic application, or gel application. And another, is why can't they use one brush for both.  So sit down, grab a coffee and lets talk about brushes! My personal preference, is sable brushes. Because I like the way they behave. And that's a personal thing. Some people prefer nylon - especially for gel and that's okay. As the main things that differentiate a brush for acrylic and a brush for gel are primarily to do with the shape and bristles. Shape So lets start with why the shape...


Finding a GOOD Educator.

Finding a GOOD Educator.

I'm writing this, because I have had such an influx of people coming to me for re-education. These people have chosen an educator, who sold themself well. Who convinced them that they were a great educator and to come to them to learn to be a Nail Technician. But sales pitches aren't everything. Now, these people are finding out that in fact, their educator wasn't the greatest. They have been left feeling like they didn't learn enough to be competent. They weren't given their educators attention. They weren't given good education manuals that they can refer to. They weren't given basic information to ensure they are keeping...


Certificate Updates!

Certificate Updates!
Giving some clarity around the meaning and relevance of our Elementary and Competent certificates. Also new rules, mean responses from us - and changes!

Acrylic vs Gel. The great debate.

Acrylic vs Gel. The great debate.

This is a bit of a long one, so sit down with a coffee, and enjoy the read. I see a lot of people, frequently asking questions like "what is the difference between gel and acrylic" and of course those questions are always followed by the inevitable opinion that one is better, or worse than the other. So many technicians are inexplicably convinced that acrylic is worse for your nails, or more damaging. When it's absolutely not. There is just so much misinformation out there, and so many people with opinions - using biased brand supplied information or even with no fact base at...