Conseils techniques: Extensions sculptées

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Les extensions sculptées sont utilisées pour ajouter de la longueur à l’ongle naturel, que ce soit pour as- sortir un seul ongle à la longueur des autres ongles, ou pour un ensemble complet lorsqu’une longueur instantanée est exigée pour une occasion spéciale. Les extensions sculptées ont l’apparence et donnent la sensetion d’être naturelles, et n’impliquent pas de pointe artificielle ou colle, ne requièrent pas de limage excessif et allongent avec l’ongle naturel.

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Extensions sculptées: Étape-par-étape

1. Appliquez le Gel de base. Séchez. Enlevez le résidu collant avec le Nettoyant à ongle.
2. Ajustez une forme à sculpter Bio Easy Fit. Appliquez du Gel à bord libre sur la forme en formant seulement la partie prolongée de l’ongle. Poussez le Gel à bord libre vers l’ongle naturel afin de former un point de liaison sécuritaire. Séchez.
3. Renforcez avec du Gel moyen (pour des ongles naturels flexibles) ou du Gel dur (pour des ongles naturels durs). Renforcez le point de stress en construisant une partie supérieure de l’arche corrective (façonnage sur gel-mouillé). Séchez.
4. Enlevez le résidu collant avec le Nettoyant à ongle. Retirez la forme.
5. Façonnez le bord libre en utilisant une lime à grain 100/180. Utilisez le façonnage sur gel-sec pour peaufiner la partie supérieure de l’arche et les côtés latéraux.
6. Appliquez le Gel couleur Bio Sculpture. Séchez. Répétez.
7. Terminez avec le Gel lustré. Séchez.

Sculpted Extensions Step-by-Step

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Sculpted extensions are used to add length to the natural nail, whether for a single nail to match the length of the set, or for a full set when instant length is needed for a special occasion. They look and feel natural, do not involve tips or glue, do not require excessive buffing and they grow out with the natural nail.

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Sculpted Extensions: Step-by-Step

  1. Apply Base Gel. Cure. Remove sticky residue with Nail Cleanse.
  2. Fit a Bio Easy Fit sculpting form. Apply Free Edge Gel on the form only forming the extended nail. Push Free Edge Gel towards the natural nail to form a secure connection point. Cure.
  3. Strengthen with Medium (for flexible natural nails) or Hard Gel (for solid natural nails). Reinforce the stress point by building a corrective upper arch (wet-gel shaping). Cure.
  4. Remove the sticky residue with Nail Cleanse. Remove the form.
  5. Shape the free edge using a 100/180 grit file. Use dry-gel shaping to refine the upper arch and sidewalls. Buff using a Grey Buffer to refine the surface. Clean using Nail Cleanse.
  6. Apply Bio Sculpture Colour Gel. Cure. Repeat.
  7. Finish with Gloss Gel. Cure.

Tech Savvy Q&A: Soak-off or Fill?

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Nail services typically require a maintenance visit to the salon every 2-3 weeks. Maintenance might entail complete removal of all product or buffing down, rebalancing and reapplying a fresh overlay. Both methods are acceptable, and both should be done in such a way that it does not damage the natural nail. Complete removal affords the technician (and the client) the opportunity to evaluate the condition of the natural nail, apply the required natural nail treatment products and apply an overlay using a different color. Longer nails, whether it is sculpted extensions or naturally grown, require more reinforcement in the stress area and benefit from doing a couple of fills before a cycle of removal and reapplication.

We put together a Q&A dealing with many of the questions we typically receive regarding the pros and cons of soaking off vs fills:

Q: For quick color changes soaking off is the way to go, but are there scenarios where clients’ nails benefit from doing fills rather than soak-offs?

A: Yes, fills are advisable in the following situations: Clients whose nails require a great deal of corrective shaping; when very short or a nail biter’s nails were extended; nails that require additional layers of gel for added strength mandated by lifestyle, hobbies, etc. On these nails, buff down and re-shape the gel that is already on the nail, then apply the new overlay.

Q: What are the benefits of soaking off?

A: Soaking off old product gives you (and the client) the chance to evaluate the condition of the nail. It provides a great opportunity to apply a conditioning treatment (available online Nail&Cuticle Conditioner 5ml, $4.95) to the nail that will combat the effects of changing climates or seasons. It also reassures the client that her natural nail is not being ruined at the expense of a colorful coating!

Q: What is the correct way to remove gel?

A: Removing a four-layer overlay that has been on the nail for 3 weeks should take about 10 minutes. Gel adheres better to some nail types than others, a factor that can account for longer soak off times. Start by removing the shine from the final layer of gel using a 100/180 grit file (available online, $1.36 or $12.77 for a 12 pack). Soak 1 inch squares of cotton wipe with Gel Remover (available online, 125ml for $7.95), place on each nail with tweezers and secure in place with a Soak off Clip (available online, 5 clips for $12) or wrap with aluminum foil. Check after a few minutes, brush away loose gel with a nail brush, continue soaking. Once all the gel has been brushed away, ask client to wash hands with warm water, soap and a nail brush to remove Gel Remover Residue.

Q: How do I speed up Gel Removal?

A: On a prepared nail, apply a small dot of Executive Base to the center of the nail. Let dry completely (1-2 minutes), then apply the Base Layer of gel. Adding an external source of heat, for example wrapping hands in warm towels will also speed up gel removal.

Q: Will “straight acetone” do the trick?

A: Highly concentrated acetone can certainly remove gel from a nail, but it also removes moisture from nails and cuticles. This will make the client more prone to hangnails and severely dehydrated nails (appearing as chalky white nails). Bio Sculpture’s Gel Remover relies on a more diluted concentration of acetone with added emollients to combat dehydration.

 

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Step 1: When it is time for a maintenance visit, use a 100/180 grit file to remove the shine from the Gloss Gel layer.

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Step 2: Apply Gel Remover to cotton strips and adhere to each nail using a Soak-off Clip. Apply Bio Sculpture Mint Mask (100 ml for $13.95) to hands and wrap each hand in a paraffin treatment bag.

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Step 3: Remove clips, roll away loose gel, wash hands with soap and warm water. Push back cuticles, apply treatment products and base layer of gel.

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Step 5: Apply Color overlay and glam it up with some nail art!

Images courtesy of Lorraine Cormier, Bio Sculpture Sales Representative and Senior Educator.

Style Tip: Artistic Nail Splatter

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Can you imagine a more intriguing look than having lines and dots of varying shades splattered over your nails? A quick look internet search will yield many beautiful examples that can be used as inspiration for this fun technique. Try this look in multi-color splatter over nudes or greys, or apply a more subdued splatter over ombre nails.

Artistic Nail Splatter Inspiration:

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How To: Artistic Nail Splatter with Bio Sculpture Gel products: 

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  1. On a prepared nail applied Base Gel. Cure.
  2. Apply #1 French White to the nail, cure. Repeat.
  3. On a pallette take small drops of color you will be using for your design.
  4. Dip your brush in Nail Cleanse, then pick up color gel, apply in desired pattern to nail. Repeat with all colors desired. Cure.
  5. Apply thin layer of sealer gel. Cure.
  6. Using a fine point dotting tool, pick up  #3 Snow White and drag over nail to create splatter effect. Repeat with #2017 Liquorice. Repeat and add dots to achieve desired effect. Cure.
  7. Create the Upper Arch with Hard Gel or Medium Gel. Cure.
  8. Apply a final layer of Gloss Gel. Cure.

Nail Art contributed by Sarah O’Brien, Bio Sculpture Maritimes.

Fall 2015 Color Report: An Evolving Color Landscape

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The annual Pantone Fashion Color Report highlights the 10 shades that will be prominently featured in the fashion, beauty and interior design world for the upcoming season. Fall 2015’s top 10 colors are decidedly gender neutral ranging from earthy tones (Desert Sage/100 Pistachio, Stormy Weather/125 Cango Caves, Dried Herb/124 Okavango Delta and Oak Buff/140 Totally Topaz) soothing blues (Biscay Bay/134 Aquacade, Reflecting Pond/127 Victoria Falls), optimistic gemstone hues (Cadmium Orange/196 Free Spirit, Cashmere Rose/121 Cupcake Carnation and Radiant Orchid/64 Lilac Lullaby) as well as Color of the Year Marsala/85 Mulberry.

All 10 these colors are well-represented within the Bio Sculpture Color Collection with matches available for each one. Applying a Bio Sculpture Color Overlay is quick and easy. Apply our Award-winning Base Gel, two coats of color gel, and seal in the shine with Gloss Gel. With 30 second-LED curing  a set of overlays can be completed in 30 minutes. The high-gloss application will last 3 weeks and can be removed with Gel Remover in about 10 minutes.

Tech Savvy: Get a Six-week chip-free shine on toes with Bio Sculpture Colour Gel

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Adding gel to toes offer a quick upgrade to a polish pedicure. Use Base Gel as the first layer to smooth out imperfections on the nail surface. Shaping mishaps and missing corners can also be fixed using Free Edge Gel with or without adding silk reinforcement. On a smooth and even base, apply 2 coats of color gel and finish with Gloss Gel. Speed up the application by using 30 second curing in the Bio Sculpture SMART LED Lamp. Gel lasts up to six weeks on toes and can be buffed or soaked off at the client’s next visit.

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Use Apricot Kernel Scrub or Potpourri Salt Scrub to exfoliate, rehydrate with Mint Mask, treat heels with Heel Balm and massage with Hand & Body Butter. All from the luxurious Bio Sculpture Spa Range available from Bio Sculpture salons as well as the Bio Sculpture Online Shop.

 

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Add with a splash of colour with a Bio Sculpture Gel Overlay on toes. A layer of Base Gel with smooth out imperfections, 2 coats of Colour Gel will provide a chip-free pedicure that will last for weeks and weeks. Finish with a layer of Bio Sculpture Gloss Gel to seal in the shine.

Follow these easy steps for sandal perfect, flawless toes this Summer!

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Style Tip: Get the Nail Shapes of your Dreams!

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BIO_NAIL_SHAPESWith nails the question is not only which color or what length is most suitable anymore, nowadays it is all about the shape. The choice of nail shape is determined according to lifestyle, occupation, length of the nail bed, color preference, as well as current trends or special occasions. Although squoval will probably always be the most requested shape, more and more clients are demanding nail shapes made popular by celebs and seen on Pinterest, Instagram, etc,

With the complete range of Bio Sculpture’s treatment gels, creating any shape on any nail is possible, no matter the state of the natural nail. To learn more about the best tools and techniques to make your client’s nail shape dreams come true, set up a meeting with one of our Sales Representatives servicing salons and spas from coast-to-coast. If you are looking for a salon offering Bio Sculpture services, complete this online form and we will refer you to a salon in your area.

First, do no harm

by Bio Sculpture Gel

We always love to hear from our clients just how much they love Bio Sculpture and how it has helped them improve the health of the natural nail. With Bio Sculpture you know that it is not just about a pretty color or fashionable nail art, it is about the health of the natural nail. What is going on underneath that pretty shade of pink?, that should be the question. Well, as the saying goes, the “proof is in the pudding”. This week I came across an excellent example of just how good the natural nail should be looking after many years of using Bio Sculpture products. The nails below belong to a lady who has been wearing Bio Sculpture on her nails since 2005. She removed her gel to be a model for a friend who is training to become a Bio Sculpture Nail Technician. During Monday’s class I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of just how beautiful and healthy her natural nails are after 10 years of wearing Bio Sculpture Gel. The second picture is of the student’s first full set of Bio Sculpture overlays completed in class. Bio Sculpture really is living up to the mantra…First, do no harm.First-do-no-harm-large

Bio Sculpture – bringing colour to your world since 1990!

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Did you know that the first semi-permanent nail product, #19 Pillar Box was launched by Bio Sculpture Gel in 1990? The introduction of colour gel by Bio Sculpture brought about a revolution in the nail industry. With the launch of Bio Sculpture colour gels came glossy, semi-permanent, chip-free coverings lasting for up to 3 weeks – it changed the nail industry forever! Thank you Bio Sculpture! View our complete colour range at: www.biosculpturenails.com/en/our-colours/

Choose the Best…Choose Bio Sculpture

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Bio Sculpture® Gel is the only nail system with a 5 STAR SAFETY RATING that is 100% Vegan. NO primers, bonders, odours or excessive buffing. With Bio Sculpture® Gel, nails remain HEALTHY and UNDAMAGED.

Bio Sculpture® Gel has produced award winning nail technicians world wide. With comprehensive training globally, Bio Sculpture® Gel is suitable for both beginners and experienced nail technicians with full ongoing support.

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Bio Sculpture® Gel has more than 150 UV & LED curable colours that soaks off easily, leaving the natural nail healthy and undamaged.

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Bio Sculpture® Gel is a tailored nail care solution suitable for ANY NAIL TYPE. Nails can be repaired, lengthened, corrected and shaped, LASTING UP TO 3 WEEKS.

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Together with a full range of natural nail health enhancing pre-treatments, Bio Sculpture® Gel is strong and flexible with a non-chip finish – protecting the natural nail.

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Bio Sculpture® Gel is not tested on animals and free of any toxic chemicals such as DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Formaldehyde and Camphor.

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CHOOSE HEALTH. CHOOSE BIO SCULPTURE® GEL.