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Making the most of Instagram: Part 1

Making the most of Instagram: Part 1

admin 05/08/2016 0
 Getting Started: Instagram is one of the best platforms to build your nail portfolio online. If you haven’t created an Instagram account yet, take a few minutes to do so and you’ll soon see the benefits.DO put your contact details on your profile. While you don’t want to share too many personal details on your account you should include a business contact number, Facebook page or business email in your profile description to ensure those interested in your work can contact you. Miss our first tip? Head back to our Facebook page here. Reasons we love InstagramIt’s a great platform to search an...
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Making the most of Instagram: Part 3

Making the most of Instagram: Part 3

admin 05/08/2016 0
 Part 3: When is the best time to post? DON’T post photos late at night. The average time a photo stays visible on someone’s timeline is 4 hours. This means if you post late at night your photos might get lost in the vast world of Instagram. The best times to post are first thing in the morning or late afternoon when nail fans are scanning hashtags to make getting out of bed a little easier, or on their way back home after a busy day. Read on for a few extra tips will help make sure your account  is attracting as much attention as possible:DON’T post multiple photos of the same set of nails. Y...
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Talk Tuesday: Summer Top Tips

Talk Tuesday: Summer Top Tips

admin 02/08/2016 0
With the summer holidays in full swing, it’s time to discuss some of our top Summer Nail Tips to keep your and your client’s Calgel nails looking beautiful! Prepare yourself and your clients about the effect the sun, sand, creams and oils may have on their beautiful gels. The sun can cause colour pigments to destabilise- ever notice how your hair changes colour, or your bikini fades? Unfortunately, this can happen to nail products too! This includes nail varnishes, gel varnish and true gels. UV rays can break down the chemical bonds of colour pigments leading to a bleaching effect. Certain pig...
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Talk Tuesday: How to make your brushes last longer

Talk Tuesday: How to make your brushes last longer

admin 26/07/2016 0
Your application brush is your golden tool to create the perfect set of nails. Keeping the bristles soft and flexible is key! Brushes don’t last forever, but looking after them will save you money and time. Follow up steps to get the most from your brushesAt the end of the day: 1. Clean bristles with a dry nail wipe removing traces of gel. Avoiding using too much Guard, as this can dehydrate the brushes. Return bristles to their original shape. 2. Dip the bristles in clear Calgel half way down the bristle and wrap in foil. Try not to bend the bristles.  Don’t worry if there’s some pigment left...
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Talk Tuesday: How to test your bulbs

Talk Tuesday: How to test your bulbs

admin 19/07/2016 0
 Did you know the bulbs in your lamp won’t burn out like a normal light bulb? Though they might still be lit up, they might not actually be curing the gel.  If you’ve experienced any of the below it might mean it’s time to test (and change) your bulbs! - Gel not curing at all -Wiping away of colour --Clients experiencing ‘bubbling’ gel  hours after the end of their treatment. This could be due to the bulbs in your lamp not being at full strength and not able to penetrate through the layers of gel adequately. How & When To Test Your Bulbs? We recommend if you use your lamp on a regular basis, i...
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Talk Tuesday: Wrinkling & How To Fix It

Talk Tuesday: Wrinkling & How To Fix It

admin 12/07/2016 0
Wrinkling or rippling of the gel is caused when top layers of the gel are cured but the gel beneath remains uncured. When colour Calgel is applied too thick, the pigment can prevent the UV light from penetrating through dense layers of colour gel. This leads to the surface of the gel curing but the process isn’t completed for the gel beneath it. The uncured gel below can then create movement under the cured surface leading to a wrinkled or rippled effect to become visible as the hand is removed from the lamp.   Why do colours wrinkle? Application The most common cause is that the application o...
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