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aluminum salt used as a stypic (agent used to stop bleeding) in powder form or solution

base coat

colorless liquid applied to the natural nal before the application of a colored polish

booth manicure

manicure that is given in a booth and not at the manicuring table


small spoon shaped implement used for claning the debris from the nail margins

cutivcle creams

usually have a base of lanolin, pertoleum or beeswax designed to prevent or correct brittle nails and dry cuticles

cuticle nipper

small cutting tool used to nip or cut excess cuticle at the base of the nail

cuticle oil

used to soften and lubricate the cuticle around the fingernails and toenails

cuticle pusher

implement used to loosen and push back the cuticle around the fingernails or toenails; shaped to conform to the shape of the nails

cuticle remover

solution of alkali, glycerin, and water used to soften and remove dead cuticle from around the nail

diamond nail file

metal implement with diamond dust embedded in the metal, files the free edge of the toenails and in some cases thins them

dry nail polish

powder or paste used with a chamois buffer to ass shine to the nail

emery board

disposable manicuring instrument with rough cutting ridges, used for shaping the nails with the coarse side and smoothing them with the finer side

foot file or paddle

implement used to remove dry flaky skin and smooth calluses on the foot

formaldehyde hardeners

nail hardeners that utilize keratin fibers to streghten the nail and contain no more than 5 percent formaldehyde

french manicure

manicure in which the free edge of the nail is polished, tipped, or sclupted in an opaque colo while the nail plate is is polished or left a more translucent color

hand creams

creams made up of emollients and humectants, recommended for dry, chapped or irritated skin

hand lotions

similar in composition to hand creams but with a thinner consistency due to higher oil content

hot oil manicure

manicure in which heat oil, cream or lotion is applied to the cuticles to soften them before pushing them back

liquid nail polish or lacquer

thick liquid used to color or gloss the nail


the artful treatment and care of the hands and nails

nail bleach

product used to remove stains and whiten the nails

nail brush

used to clean under and around the nails with warm water and soap

nail buffer

made of leather or chamois used with polishing powder or paste to polish the nails to a high luster

nail clippers

implement used to shorten nails

nail conditioner

product containing moisturizing ingredients to combat nail dryness and brittleness

nail dryer

solution that protects the nail polish aganist stickness and dulling

nail file

metal instrument with a specially prepared surface used to file and shape the nails

nail hardened

product designed to prevent nails from splitting or peeling

nail rasp

tool that cuts or files in only one direction; used to smooth off the edges of the nail in the nail groove and reduce tje possibility of the nail cutting into the skin

nylon fiber hardeners

are a combination of clear polish and nylon fibers applied first vertically then horizontally on the nail plate

orangewood stick

made from wood of the orange tree used to loosen the cuticle around the base of the nail or to clean under the free edge


the care of the feet and toenails

polish remover

organic solvent used to dissolve and remove nail polish

polish thinner

product used to thin out nail polish when it has thickened; contains acetone or some other solvent

protein hardeners

nail hardeners that are a combination of clear polish and a protein such as collagen


term describing a square nail with the ends rounded or taken off


agent used to stop bleeding

top coat

colorless nail enamel applied over polish prevent chipping and impart a high gloss


implement used to lift small bits of cuticle from the nail

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