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Application Instructions Written by Tuff Enuff Nails

 

Tuff Enuff Trial Kit Instructions

Thank you for ordering our Trial Kit!  Our product is a unique, custom product that needs to be used correctly in order for you to be successful using it.   When you are successful, we are successful.   Our Tuff Enuff Nails team is ready and willing to help you in any way.

These instructions are geared towards using different gel lamps.  

A few items to note…. 

1.  Flash curing properly is critical to avoid heat spikes.  When used properly, your clients won’t feel any discomfort whatsoever.   To see pictures of Flash Curing, please go to our Gallery.

2.  If you need to add more gel to a nail you are building, you do not need to file it.   TEN gel will stick to itself, even on a shiny surface.

These instructions are very basic.   Should you require further instructions, contact your educator or the company.    Feel free to call or email.   You can expect a response within 24 hours on business days.


Preparation for all services:

Prior to any gel nail service, the nails must be prepared or "prepped". This step is essential and must be done with extreme care. 

1.   Gently push back the client's cuticles.
2.   With a 180 grit file, lightly buff the nails to remove any shine. Take extra care around the cuticles to make sure they are clean of any cuticle or skin. The alternative is to use an Efile with a sciver or prepping bit to clean the entire nail and cuticle area.  
3.   With a nail brush, brush away any dust or filings.


The nail is now ready for gel application.

Technique for all services:
"Flash Curing" will be referred to throughout all instructions. This is a technique that will cure the gel enough to hold it in place, so that it will not run as you continue to work on the nails.  The technique is different for different strengths of light.                                                                     

6 Watt(The TEN lamp):    To flash cure, have the clients put the nail into the light for one second, and pull it out for eight seconds. MAKE SURE THE CLIENT STAYS OUT OF THE LIGHT. When the nail is placed in the lamp, her palm should be down, fingers outstretched with the nail up towards the light.   When she pulls her hand out, have her curl her fingers back, so that the nails are upside down, and the gel is not running. When she curls her fingers back, the hand will be in a “punching” shape.  (see picture in our Gallery section of Flash Curing)  Repeat this flashing, one second in/eight seconds out, about 2 or 3 times. At this point, the gel should be set enough not to run, but the nails are not fully cured.    The final cure can be in ANY size lamp!                                                                                                                                                

9 and 36 Watt:    To flash cure, have the clients put the nail about 4 inches in FRONT of the light for one second, and pull it away from the light for eight seconds. MAKE SURE THE CLIENT STAYS OUT OF THE LIGHT.   When the nail is placed in front of the lamp, her palm should be down, fingers outstretched with the nail up towards the light, when she pulls her hand away, have her curl her fingers back, so that the nails are upside down, and the gel is not running. When she curls her fingers back, the hand will be in a “punching” shape. (See pic in our Gallery section of Flash Curing)   Repeat this flashing, one second in front of the light - eight seconds away from the light, about 3 times. At this point, the gel should be set enough not to run, but the nails are not fully cured.   The final cure can be in ANY size lamp!

 

New Set using Nail Forms:
Prep as described above in the section Preparation for all services.

1. Apply forms to both hands.
2. Saturate a cotton swab with Purify and scrub the nail to cleanse.
3. Moisten a cotton swab with Linkage and work well into each nail.  Re-dip as necessary. A second coat may be applied, but usually is not necessary. Make sure that the sides of the nail and the cuticle area are well covered. Linkage contains no acid or methacrylates, so it will not hurt to get it on the cuticle.   You can also use a small brush to apply Linkage, but you must clean it immediately after with alcohol or Purify.   Do not soak the brush in acetone.
4. Using a very small amount of the Poly Gel, brush a thin layer on all 10 nails, thinner than a coat of polish.   This coat should be thin enough that it won’t run into cuticles and sidewalls.
5. As you are building the nails, work on one finger at a time, alternating between hands.   While you are working on one hand, the other is Flash Curing.    For example, start with a pinkie finger nail and when done, alternate to the next pinkie nail. (i.e. right pinkie, left pinkie, right ring finger, left ring finger.... and so on). Start with using the Poly Gel to build an extension from the free edge out onto the form.  Flash cure, at least twice, when the length is achieved.   Due to the consistency of our gel, if you are building a long extension, build out a bit, flash cure then build it out longer and flash cure again..
Note: If The Gel starts to run down the form, have the client flip her hand over for a few seconds, which will give you more time to build your desired nail. You can continue to manipulate the gel while the hand is upside down. Flip it back over to finish. Any gel that has run can be scraped off prior to curing, but is also easily filed off when the nail is cured.   However working with thinner layers and avoiding running is best.
6. Once the flash curing is not creating any heat sensation, start building the remainder of the nail. Taking a small amount of gel on your brush, place it approximately  half way down the nail bed.  Allow the gel to self level and guide it over the nail feathering it back towards the cuticle and guiding it toward the free edge.   Flash cure.  
7. After all 5 nails are done on each hand, cure for 2 minutes.
8. Remove the forms and shape the nail, using a 100 or 180 grit file.
9. Apply any color, or art product, to the nail. If using the Snow White gel, apply it with a brush or dotting tool THINLY to the free edge.  Using a clean gel brush; swipe the smile line to make it crisp.  Cure 2 minutes.   
10. Using the Poly Gel, cover the entire nail, capping the end. Several thin layers may be applied but you must flash cure between layers.   At this point, check the nail from all angles to make sure the nail is balanced.  Finish file if required with 180 grit file or efile.   If you finish file, dust and apply another thin coat of gel.   When you have all the nails formed to your satisfaction, and flashed till there is no heat, cure for a full 2 minutes. 
12. Test the surface of the nail, using the inside of your wrist, to make sure it is not tacky. When the top is not tacky or sticky, the nail is done.   If it is, it may need further curing.   Cure in 2 minute increments until all tackiness is gone.   If it is not completely cured, it will go dull.


Remember that you can continue to file or add layers of gel throughout the application process, without reapplying Linkage, or removing the shine, to achieve the look you are striving for.

 

New Set using Tips:    Prep as described above.

1. Choose the right sized tip for each of the ten fingers. If there is not a perfect size for the nail, choose the closest size up and file the sides of the tip to make it fit.
2. Glue all ten tips to the nails.
3. Cut the tips to the correct length and file to desired shape. If the tips are NOT pre-etched, using a file, buff off the shine. 
4. Saturate a cotton swab with Purify and scrub the nail to cleanse.
5. Moisten a cotton swab with Linkage and work well into each nail.  Re-dip as necessary. A second coat may be applied, but usually is not necessary. Make sure that the sides of the nail and the cuticle area are well covered. Linkage contains no acid or methacrylates, so it will not hurt to get it on the cuticle.   You can also use a small brush to apply the Linkage, but you must clean it immediately after with alcohol or Purify.   Do not soak your brush in acetone.
6. Using a very small amount of the Poly Gel, brush a thin layer on each nail, cuticle to tip, thinner than a coat of polish.   This coat should be thin enough that it won’t run into cuticles and sidewalls.
7. As you are building the nails, work on one finger at a time, alternating hands. While you are working on one hand, the other is Flash Curing.   For example, start with a pinkie finger nail and when done, alternate to the next pinkie nail. (i.e. right pinkie, left pinkie, right ring finger, left ring finger.... and so on).  
Apply a thicker coat, putting the gel in the middle of the nail and feather it towards the tips and cuticles.  Flash cure.  Apply any colour or glitter at this point and flash cure. Continue building the nail, making sure it is a bit thicker over the stress area, or where the nail tip is adhered to the natural nail. View the nail from all angles to make sure it is balanced. 
8. After all 5 nails are done on each hand, and flashed till there is no heat, cure for 2 minutes.
10. Finish file to shape if needed.
11. If filing was required, apply one more thin layer of the Poly Gel for a smooth shiny finish. Make sure you allow it to self level and smooth over. Cure for 2 minutes.
12. Test the surface of the nail, using the inside of your wrist, to make sure it is not tacky. When the top is not tacky or sticky, the nail is done. It may need further curing.   Cure in 2 minute increments until all tackiness is gone.   If it is not completely cured, it will go dull.

Remember that you can continue to file or add layers of gel throughout the application process, without reapplying Linkage, or removing the shine, to achieve the look you are striving for.


Fills:
Prep nails as described above in the section “Preparation for all services”.
1. Using a 100 grit file, or an efile, shorten and shape the nail as desired. Thin out the old gel, completely removing any areas that may be lifted.   The natural nail re-growth should be already prepped.
2. Brush off all filings.
3. Saturate a cotton swab with Purify and scrub the nail to cleanse.
4. Moisten a cotton swab with Linkage and work well into the natural nail.  Re-dip as necessary.   It is not necessary to apply Linkage to the old gel or acrylic.    A second coat may be applied, but usually is not necessary. Make sure that the sides of the nail and the cuticle area is well covered. Linkage contains no acid or methacrylates, so it will not hurt to get it on the cuticle.  You can also use a small brush, but must clean it immediately after with alcohol or Purify.   Do not soak your brush in acetone. 
5. Apply one thin layer of the Poly Gel to the entire nail, cuticle to tip.
6. Apply any nail art, or the Snow White Gel to the tip.   Cure for 2 minutes.
7. Apply the Poly Gel to the entire nail, cuticle to tip, building the shape you want.  This can be done in one step or several thin layers. Flash cure between layers.                                                  8. After all 5 nails are done on each hand, cure for 2 minutes.
9. File to shape if needed.
10. If filing was required, apply one more thin coat for a smooth shiny finish. Cure 2 minutes. 11. Test the surface of the nail, using the inside of your wrist, to make sure it is not tacky. When the top is not tacky or sticky, the nail is done. It may need further curing.   Cure in 2 minute increments until all tackiness is gone.   If it is not completely cured, it will go dull.

Remember that you can continue to file or add layers of gel throughout the application process, without reapplying Linkage, or removing the shine, to achieve the look you are striving for.

 

 

 

 
 

This article was published on Wednesday 10 February, 2010.
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